Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it has awarded $216 million in new funding to support HIV prevention in the hardest-hit areas of the United States. Ninety community-based organizations (CBOs) will use the funding to deliver specific, high-impact prevention services to those at greatest risk.
The selected CBOs have demonstrated experience and on-the-ground expertise serving populations most affected by the epidemic, including African Americans, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals, and people who inject drugs.
As part of CDC’s high-impact prevention approach, CBOs will invest the new funding in cost-effective, scalable, and targeted interventions. These include HIV testing, condom distribution, improving adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive individuals, and ensuring access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for individuals at high risk of infection.
This new funding is one critical piece of CDC’s nearly $700 million investment in domestic HIV prevention, the bulk of which goes directly to state and local health departments – and, indirectly, to many additional community-based organizations across the nation.