FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Congress pushes CDC and White House to extend funding for HIV prevention

Congress pushes CDC and White House to extend funding for HIV prevention | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com
More than 20 bipartisan members of Congress have urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House to further expand funding dedicated to HIV prevention in suburban and rural areas of the Deep South states.

The states include Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee.

“Early diagnosis and increased access to quality medical care, treatment, and ongoing prevention services for those living with HIV is key to addressing the epidemic in the United States,” Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) said.


The CDC has delineated certain funding, PS15-1502: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations, to only apply to community-based organizations within areas with high populations of HIV infection rates.

This members of Congress argue the approach ignores many regions that are not within heavily populated metropolitan areas.

“I support the CDC’s efforts to address HIV infection in our most heavily impacted urban areas," Adams said. "However, in North Carolina – Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point are not eligible to access critical HIV prevention resources under PS15-1502. This leaves more than 4,200 people impacted by the disease in those cities behind – and puts many more at risk. I urge the CDC to expand eligibility for prevention funding, so that we can better combat this disease.”

The bipartisan Congressional group points out that the current CDC funding leaves out 69 percent of people with HIV in Alabama, 70 percent of people with HIV in South Carolina, 57 percent of people with HIV in Mississippi, 63 percent of people with HIV in North Carolina, 32 percent of people with HIV in Louisiana, 33 percent of people with HIV in Georgia, 27 percent of people with HIV in Tennessee, 21 percent of people with HIV in Florida and 21 percent of people with HIV in Texas.

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