U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel (D–N.Y.) with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) has introduced a bill that focuses on expanding and increasing HIV/AIDS programs in the African-American community, according to a statement released by Rangel’s office. The National Black Clergy for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Act of 2011 authorizes grants for federal agencies to offer HIV/AID services. In addition, it helps fund treatment, education and prevention programs for faith-based groups such as the National Black Clergy Conclave on HIV/AIDS Policy. African Americans account for nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States.

To read Rangel’s statement, click here.