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CDC grants $12.5 million for HIV prevention in Maryland

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun

6:30 PM EST, January 4, 2012

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Maryland will get $12.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund HIV prevention activities in the counties this year, down about $604,000 from last year, according to state health officials.

The money comes from a $339 million pot of money doled out to states and a small number of cities according to their disease burden. And while Maryland's HIV caseload remains high, the grant dropped some because a share of the money was peeled off so the CDC could offer additional grants for innovative projects, which will be awarded in March.

Baltimore received about $3.1 million this year for city-specific programs, and has applied for an innovation grant.

Overall, the money accounts for half the CDC's HIV prevention efforts, and the agency plans to offer guidance for prioritizing programming to reduce infections. Matching awards will be made for four more years. There are 50,000 new cases each year nationally, the CDC says.

The CDC reports that there were about 18,000 people living with HIV, including AIDS, in the Baltimore-Towson region in 2008, more than 28,000 in Maryland and almost 832,000 nationally.

Meredith.cohn@baltsun.com

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