AIDS Center at Indiana University to Get $1.2 Million for Rural Use
March 10, 2006
The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University will receive a five-year, $1.2 million grant from CDC to further its research.
The center, which says it is the only one in the nation focused on preventing HIV and other STDs in rural areas, started in 1994 as a partnership with the University of Colorado and Purdue University. As of this month, it became a joint project with UC and the University of Kentucky.
The universities conduct research and develop fact sheets on HIV/STD prevention in rural areas. In addition, the center sponsors conferences every other year, with the next one scheduled for April 2007.
According to Bill Yarber, the center's senior director, around 8 percent of Americans diagnosed with AIDS live in rural areas, up from 5 percent a decade ago. Most AIDS-prevention materials are targeted toward urban residents, he said, and HIV-positive people in rural areas need information specifically tailored to their communities. "The rural communities have a uniqueness," he noted. "They don't have adequate health care, they don't have adequate support."
"I think [the CDC grant] illustrates that they recognize how important efforts to reduce AIDS in rural communities are," said Yarber.
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
03.08.2006; Associated Press
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.