Kevin A. Fenton, MD, PhD, FFPH is Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and he discusses what the Office of National AIDS Policy
, from the White House, is doing to address the HIV epidemic among gay and bisexual men. Read a few of the excerpts below and make sure to read the entire article here
"To reach those at risk, CDC is pursuing High Impact Prevention
to support the most effective and impactful programs to aggressively reach the goals of the National Strategy. The interventions are being implemented at the federal, state, and local levels to reach the right populations at a scale large enough to make a significant difference. These approaches include expanded testing efforts to ensure more gay and bisexual men get tested at least annually, more often if at increased risk;prevention programs for people living with HIV and their partners; condom distribution; demonstration projects that focus on the most heavily affected communities; and matching HIV prevention funding for health departments and community-based organizations in those locations with the highest HIV burden.""
In response, today CDC awarded $55 million over five years to 34 community-based organizations (CBOs) in 19 states and Puerto Rico to expand community-led HIV prevention for young MSM and transgender youth of color, and their partners. Thirty-four organizations will receive, on average, an award reaching $300,000 annually, expanding previous programs with an increase of $10 million to fund additional CBOs."
"Funding local organizations is one of the most powerful and effective ways to deliver HIV prevention to those at greatest risk as they are better positioned and know firsthand the community and individual socioeconomic factors, stigma, access to and availability of health care services that effect young MSM and transgender persons’ ability to protect their health and get care if/when needed. Local organizations expand our national prevention efforts in a way that others cannot, and their impact can be profound in reaching those at highest risk."