The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that it has awarded $42 million to 133 community-based organizations (CBOs) to help implement HIV prevention efforts among populations at increased risk. The average award is approximately $323,000 per year for five years. 

“This funding is a critical part of CDC’s national HIV prevention efforts and is in line with the priorities identified in the recently released National HIV/AIDS Strategy,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention in a statement. “Governments on the federal and state levels cannot end this epidemic alone, and these resources will help to give many communities the tools they need to fight HIV locally.”

CBOs are targeted because of their cultural perspective and influence on people who may not otherwise have access to HIV testing and other preventative measures. Additionally, these organizations help ensure that HIV prevention efforts are reaching those at greatest risk and who need HIV prevention services the most.

Among the groups receiving funds are Identity in Gaithersburg, Md., Children's National Medical Center, Deaf-REACH, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, The Women's Collective, Us Helping Us, People Into Living and Washington Area Consortium on HIV Infection in Youth – Metro TeenAIDS, all in the District.

For a full list of awardees and additional information, visit www.cdc.gov/hiv.