Eight States, Puerto Rico Will Not Receive CDC Funding for Advanced HIV Monitoring System
August 25, 2008
CDC on Friday announced that it will no longer fund an advanced HIV/AIDS monitoring system in eight states and Puerto Rico, the New York Times reports. The eight states are Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. According to the Times, the system uses a new test that distinguishes recent HIV infections from old ones, which helps "epidemiologists track [infections] in something much closer to real time than was previously possible."
Scofield added that federal funding for HIV surveillance has decreased and that many states are struggling to meet CDC standards for HIV monitoring. She estimated that the eight states and Puerto Rico lost about $3 million in CDC funding with the announcement. "Surveillance funding is starving at the CDC," Scofield said, adding, "Their ability to say that they're going to have ongoing reliable reports of [HIV] incidence is somewhat questionable unless you have funding for that." NASTAD has called for a $35 million increase in funding for HIV surveillance efforts, the Times reports (Dewan, New York Times, 8/22).
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