Policy & Politics
CDC Announces $49M in HIV/AIDS Grants Aimed at Preventing HIV-Positive People From Spreading Virus
May 24, 2004
CDC on Friday in its first round of funding since announcing its "controversial shift" in HIV/AIDS prevention strategy awarded $49 million in grants to 142 community-based organizations' programs that focus on preventing HIV-positive people from spreading the virus rather than to programs targeting people who are at high risk of contracting HIV, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (Wahlberg, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/22). CDC in April 2003 announced the new strategy, which shifts funding to initiatives that focus on identifying people who are already HIV-positive. CDC has said that the previous emphasis on community outreach prevention programs has proven ineffective, citing annual increases in the number of new HIV cases nationwide (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/29/2003). The new effort aims to increase accessibility to HIV testing -- especially using the rapid HIV test that can provide same-day results -- so that the approximately 200,000 HIV-positive individuals in the United States who are unaware of their status can "become aware of [it] and take steps to curb transmission to others," according to the Journal-Constitution. Dr. Robert Janssen, director of CDC's Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said that through proper information and counseling, about 66% of people who find out they are HIV-positive are willing to decrease risky behavior, but only about 33% of people who are HIV-negative will change their behavior.
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