Echo Press (Minnesota) (10.26.12)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Minnesota have recently awarded the Minnesota Department of Health $1.7 million for HIV prevention grants. The two-year grants will be spread across 20 agencies, including the Rural Aids Action Network, which serves Douglas County, starting in January 2013. The grants will ensure that targeted efforts continue to reach those at the highest risk of acquiring or spreading the infection and will support 30 programs aimed at preventing the spread of HIV in adults and young people from all sexual orientations and of all races at risk for HIV. The grants will help nonprofit community-based organizations, agencies, and clinics to provide programs to reach underserved communities with higher HIV infection rates through the following prevention service tracks: HIV testing and testing outreach, HIV prevention with positives to keep themselves and their partners healthy, HIV prevention services to keep injection drug users healthy, and prevention for youth at high risk of HIV.