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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Agency Asks Longtime HIV Patients [in Florida] to Get Retested
LaMendola, Bob
August 28, 2000
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ( (08/26/00)

Center One, a nonprofit group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is asking people who have been HIV-positive for many years to get retested as part of an effort to secure more federal grants. Center One believes that estimates of HIV infection in the region could leave out thousands of patients who tested positive years ago. Broward County could gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding if the numbers are too low, claims John Weatherhead, the executive director of Center One. While the state has always counted AIDS patients for funding purposes, it only began counting HIV patients three years ago. People who tested positive before July 1997 and who have not developed AIDS are not counted for the grants, according to Weatherhead.