Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 23 states and large cities with large populations of blacks affected by HIV/AIDS will receive $35 million in grants to expand HIV testing, CQ HealthBeat reports. Blacks account for about half of those in the U.S. who are living with HIV and make up 13% of the U.S. population, according to CDC.
CDC based eligibility and grant amounts on the percentage of AIDS cases among blacks in each locality. Individual grants will range from $690,000 to $5.4 million.
The main focus of the program is to implement routine, voluntary HIV testing in health care settings, such as emergency departments, community health centers, sexually transmitted infection clinics and correctional health facilities. However, about 10% of the tests will be provided in nonclinical settings. The program also aims to combine HIV testing with screening and prevention activities for other infectious diseases, including viral hepatitis, STIs and tuberculosis.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation