New Grant to Support HIV Care in Lake County, Ill.
April 13, 2011
The Chicago Department of Public Health has awarded a three-year, $50,000 federal Ryan White grant to the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center's Medical Management Clinic, which serves about 300 clients.
The money will help Lake County provide early diagnosis, treatment, and care for people with HIV, as well as link them with support services. For instance, the county can hire two new staff members -- a counselor and peer advocate -- to help patients stay in care and ensure a supportive health care system. The county will particularly target grant activities toward minority youths, a group seeing an increasing number of HIV diagnoses.
"This is an opportunity for the health department to take a proactive approach to assure that anyone in Lake County who is diagnosed with HIV is quickly engaged in a health care system to address specific needs of an HIV infection, and to address the community's need to reduce further transmission of the disease," Irene T. Pierce, the county department's executive director, said in a news release.
"Unfortunately, those who are unaware of their infection might not see symptoms for at least the first five years after contracting the virus, and until they develop symptoms, they may unknowingly be putting their partners at risk," Pierce said.
Chicago Daily Herald
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.
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