SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

CDC funds community-based organizations to prevent HIV

CDC funds community-based organizations to prevent HIV | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that it has provided $216 million in funds for more than five years to community-based organizations in order to provide efficient prevention strategies against HIV.

“Community-based organizations have been vital to our nation’s HIV prevention efforts since the earliest days of the epidemic,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, said. “The organizations we’re funding have a strong foothold in the hardest-hit communities. They have the credibility and experience needed to deliver the most effective HIV prevention strategies to those who need them most.”

The 90 recipient organizations are located throughout the U.S.

“It’s clear that we need to focus our limited resources on strategies that can have the greatest possible impact,” Dr. Eugene McCray, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said. “This funding targets local communities to help maximize the impact of every federal prevention dollar. By delivering powerful prevention tools where they’re needed most, we can have a transformative impact on the epidemic.”

They provide HIV prevention strategies to people at the greatest risk of developing the disease, including transgender individuals, people of color, men who have sex with men (MSM) and people with injection drugs.

“Birmingham AIDS Outreach has been working since 1985 to reverse the devastating impact of HIV in our community -- and now, with this new funding from CDC, we can do even more, along with our community partners AIDS Alabama and the Aletheia House,” Karen Musgrove, executive director of Birmingham AIDS Outreach, said. “We’re grateful for and excited about the opportunity to invest in delivering the cutting edge of HIV prevention to those who need it most across the state of Alabama.”