Delaware to receive $700k for HIV prevention

Delaware’s Division of Public Health is getting a big boost from Uncle Sam, to the tune of $704,118.

Delaware’s Congressional Delegation announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant to Delaware’s Division of Public Health to implement comprehensive HIV prevention programs that focus on reducing new infections, increasing access to care, improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, and promoting health equity.

The grant is expected to allow the state agency to increase HIV testing, link HIV positive persons to medical care and other essential services, and increase program monitoring and accountability.

“Targeted public health programs are useful tools to promote healthy lifestyles and practices that can reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases as well as bring down medical costs,” Senator Tom Carper (D-Del) said. “With the help of the Department of Health and Human Services, the HIV Prevention Program will provide coordinated care for Delawareans affected by HIV/AIDS by connecting individuals with the appropriate counseling, testing, and referral services.”

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“Education is the key to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in Delaware,” Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) said. “With more than 3,600 Delawareans currently living with HIV, this funding will provide the Delaware Division of Public Health with the resources they need to assist those who are infected and those who are at risk of contracting HIV.”

“This grant brings much needed resources to our community to increase HIV prevention and education efforts, provide more testing, and help those living with the disease gain access to the quality care and services they need,” Congressman John Carney (D-Del) said.

The grant, which was awarded at the end of December 2011, provides funding through December 2012.

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