April 3, 2013
In a bid to connect HIV-infected residents with healthcare providers for proper follow-up care, CDC has awarded Alaska a three-year grant of $420,000 to encourage ongoing treatment. Susan Jones of the Alaska Department of Social Services said the grant monies would be used to identify HIV-positive individuals within the state and reintroduce them to the medical care they need. The state estimates that there are 622 Alaskans who have tested positive for HIV, but only 54 percent are in medical care. Jones explained that reintroduction to treatment would increase the chances that HIV patients would become virally repressed and lessen their possibility of spreading the virus to others.