WASHINGTON-The question this summer for AIDS researchers is not whether, but by how much, the federal budget will be increased for work on the disease.

President Reagan recently boosted his budget request to $523 million, up from the $413 million originally sought in fiscal 1988 for Public Health Service efforts to fight the disease. The additional money would increase funding for research on the causes of the disease to $266 million, and provide $257 million for the development of treatments and vaccines. The administration has also increased from $120 million to $268 million its proposed spending on education and information programs.

The $1 trillion non-binding federal budget plan approved by the House and Senate late last month assumes $550 million next year for AIDS research. The resolution calls for an additional $420 million for prevention, treatment and drug testing efforts.

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last month unanimously...

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