CDC Awards $216M to HIV Prevention Centers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will award $216 million over five years to 90 community-based organizations throughout the nation.

The funds will be used to deliver effective HIV prevention strategies to those at greatest risk, including people of color, men who have sex with men, those who identify as transgender and people who practice intravenous drug use.

“Community-based organizations have been vital to our nation’s HIV prevention efforts since the earliest days of the epidemic,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention. “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.”

Here’s a breakdown of how community-based organizations will use the funding:

-Provide HIV testing to those at high risk to increase the proportion of people who are aware of their HIV status

-Engage HIV-positive people in ongoing care and treatment, helping them adhere to antiretroviral therapy, and    ensuring they receive prevention and support services

-Ensure high-risk, HIV-negative individuals have access to prevention and support services such as pre-exposure    prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), high-impact behavioral interventions, and screening for  sexually transmitted infections

-Distribute condoms to HIV-positive and high-risk, HIV-negative individuals

For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, the program includes funding for a component that allows organizations to pool their expertise and resources into “Prevention Partnerships.” Thirty of the ninety organizations receiving funding will serve as the lead of a partnership comprised of several organizations.

The CDC chose organizations that are hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. They are in the 50 geographic areas that reported the highest number of HIV diagnoses in 2011.

Of the 90 directed-funded community-based organizations, 67 (74.4 percent) primarily serve African Americans and 15 (16.7 percent) primarily serve Hispanics. Sixty-four (71.1 percent) serve men who sleep with men.

Click here for a full list of funded community-based organizations.