California: New HIV Contracts Set to Start in San Francisco
September 12, 2011
With renewed service contracts for community groups in place as of Sept. 1, San Francisco's new HIV prevention strategy, which places heightened emphasis on testing, as well as linking those infected to care and treatment, is gaining sharper focus. The city aims to cut the number of annual new HIV infections in half by 2017.
"Our goal is to basically hand out close to 2.5 million syringes in the city each year," Rybicki said.
Another $871,000 will go to Magnet, SFAF's health center in the historically gay Castro neighborhood. Glide and St. James will each have about $35,000 under this contract "because we want to network into their two communities," said Rybicki. For instance, Glide will visit residents of single-room occupancy hotels, he said. Magnet's goal is to conduct about 8,000 tests annually -- double its current capabilities.
APIWC also was anticipating $455,000 to address HIV disparities among transgender women who have sex with men. This is a new contract for the agency, said Executive Director Lance Toma. Subcontractors include Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Native American AIDS Project, El/La Para TransLatinas.
Still tentative was a $150,000 contract for prevention work with API men who have sex with men. This would enable APIWC to continue some but not all of its previous activities, said Toma, who went public this summer with worries the city would defund the API programming.
To read a list of awards, visit: www.ebar.com/downloads/RFP%2021-2010%20Funded%20Providers.pdf.
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
09.01.2011; Seth Hemmelgarn
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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