July 03, 2015
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CDC grants community-based organizations $216 million for HIV prevention strategies

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The CDC granted 90 community-based organizations with $216 million over 5 years to support HIV prevention strategies, according to a press release.

“Community-based organizations have been vital to our nation’s HIV prevention efforts since the earliest days of the epidemic,” Jonathan Mermin, MD, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, said in the release. “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 funding will provide patients with HIV and those at high risk for HIV with testing, programs that promote compliance to treatment, access to pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, screening services and condoms, among other accommodations.

The CDC will fund organizations within the 50 geographic regions that reported the most HIV diagnoses in 2011, according to the release. Almost 75% primarily serve the black community, 16.7% primarily serve the Hispanic community, and 71.1% primarily serve men who have sex with men.

Through an additional funding component, called Prevention Partnerships, 30 organizations will branch off with 47 other groups to combine their expertise and resources.

“It’s clear that we need to focus our limited resources on strategies that can have the greatest possible impact,” Eugene McCray, MD, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said in the release. “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.”

The CDC mandates funded organizations to monitor program impact and behavioral outcomes.

The program for community-based organizations is part of the CDC’s $700 million annual investment in HIV prevention at national, state, local and territorial levels, the release said.