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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today awarded $49
million to directly fund community-based organizations (CBOs) in a
nationwide effort to prevent HIV infection. One hundred forty-two CBOs
will receive awards averaging approximately $345,000. Awards will be
distributed July 1, 2004.
"Community-based organizations are critical to our efforts to reduce HIV
infections in the United States," said Dr. Robert Janssen, director of
CDC's HIV prevention programs. "We are proud to put HIV prevention
dollars in the hands of the local organizations that know best how to
address HIV/AIDS in their communities."
The awards support CDC's Advancing HIV Prevention Initiative, the
comprehensive strategy to reduce new HIV infections in the United
States, launched by CDC in 2003. Community-based organizations will use
the funds to implement HIV prevention interventions for people living
with HIV, their partners, and individuals at high risk for infection.
The funds will also support counseling, voluntary HIV testing and
referral services, and health education and risk reduction.
About 37 percent of the organizations receiving awards primarily target
men who have sex with men (MSM), 41 percent target heterosexual men and
women, and 22 percent target injection drug users. Many of the
organizations serve more than one population. A complete list of
organizations receiving awards accompanies this release.
People of color continue to be a high priority for CDC's HIV prevention
efforts. Of CBOs receiving funds this year, 82 percent conduct
prevention programs targeting African Americans, Asians and Pacific
Islanders, Latinos and American Indians - populations disproportionately
affected by HIV. The CBO awards follow the announcement in April of
CDC's capacity-building program awards. That effort provided $21 million
to 27 national, regional and local organizations to enhance HIV
prevention efforts in communities of color.
The CDC has directly funded local HIV prevention services since 1989. The
2004 community-based organization awards are part of CDC's $788 million
budget for domestic HIV prevention.
Through the "Advancing HIV Prevention Initiative," the CDC is working with
national and local partners to increase access to early diagnosis and
treatment through use of rapid HIV testing; to make HIV testing a
routine part of the medical care for high-risk individuals; to
strengthen HIV prevention services for people living with HIV; and to
further reduce the number of infants born with HIV infection.