CDC to Increase Funding to Fight HIV
By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a press release announcing that it will be providing more than $185 million in funding to fight HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. This is good news, considering that HIV rates in America among MSM have risen over the last few years and that compared to Europe we are not going as good of a job dealing with HIV. This funding is also focusing on helping fight HIV in African American and Latino communities, which have higher infection rates and less access to antiretroviral therapy. From the press release: Despite comprising only about 2 percent of the U.S. population, MSM account for more than half of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in this country. Additionally, the most recent CDC data show increases in both HIV incidence and diagnoses among MSM, with stark increases among young MSM of color. MSM now account for almost 70 percent of all new HIV diagnoses, and MSM of color account for nearly two-thirds of diagnoses among MSM. $125 million is earmarked for state and local health departments to increase the knowledge and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV-negative MSM and transgender people who are at substantial risk of infection and providing medical care for people who are HIV-positive and need antiretroviral treatment but are not getting the care they need. Another $60.5 million will come from the Department of Health and Human Services Secretaryâ€™s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund and be used specifically to support HIV prevention and care for gay and bisexual men of color. For both of these initiatives, state and local health departments with communities with severely impacted are eligible to apply for this funding.