The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it is awarding a total of $216 million in HIV prevention funds to 90 different community-based organizations (CBOs). Spanning five years, the funding for the CBOs will target people at highest risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men (MSM), people of color, transgender people and injection drug users.
Specifically, the funds will help provide HIV testing, distribute condoms, keep HIV-positive people in care and on treatment, ensure HIV-negative people have access to pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP), and provide screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
What’s more, the CDC funding creates “Prevention Partnerships,” a new program that pairs leading CBOs with other groups. The goal is to share expertise and resources.
“Community-based organizations have been vital to our nation’s HIV prevention efforts since the earliest days of the epidemic,” Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, said in the press 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.”
To read a full list of the funded CBOs, click here: cdc.gov/hiv/funding/announc...