Hillary Clinton announced over $150 million in new US initiatives to combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The statement was made at a keynote address during the International AIDS 2012 Conference which is being held in Washington, DC this week.

Puerto Rico is receiving two million dollars in federal funds, specifically meant to assist people on waiting lists for HIV/AIDS medication, the Huffington Post reports.

San Juan Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi made a statement this week stipulating that the funds will “target patients lacking health insurance.”

The US territory also just received $17million to support prevention and treatment programs in urban areas. Over 44, 000 people out of the island’s population of 4 million are HIV positive.

The number of people waiting for medication is not known.

Media Resources: Daily Mail 7/23/2012

Photo credit to Flickr user 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference.