Advancing EHE with Investments in 57 Jurisdictions
CDC awarded $109 million to state and local health departments to accelerate progress in the fight to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. The award is part of a five-year funding program, which is part of the federal initiative Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. This award will expand efforts in the 50 local areas that account for most new U.S. HIV infections and in seven states with a substantial rural burden of HIV.
The funding was awarded through CDC’s “Integrated HIV Program for Health Departments to Support Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States” cooperative agreement (CDC-RFA-PS20-2010) and is part of year 1 efforts to begin implementation of the EHE initiative.
Communities will use the funding to customize and implement high-impact HIV diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and response strategies, and to reduce local barriers to HIV prevention and care. As our nation simultaneously battles COVID-19 and HIV, CDC is working with funded recipients to adapt plans to meet the HIV prevention needs of their communities and address current service challenges and disruptions.
Scaling Up HIV Prevention in STD Clinics
As part of the $109 million award, CDC awarded $3 million to seven communities to scale up quality HIV prevention services in STD clinics.
Awarded through component C of PS20-2010, recipients will implement five strategies in order to scale up HIV prevention services to reach populations that receive and seek care in STD clinics:
- Assess clinic infrastructure to document HIV prevention services, identify gaps, and assess service quality.
- Implement evidence-based approaches to scale up HIV prevention capacity in STD clinics, including self-collected STD testing and express visits, and HIV testing and viral load assessment.
- Expand the capacity of STD clinics to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, and strengthen clinic and laboratory capacity for recommended follow-up visits for people on PrEP.
- Optimize linkage to, retention in, and re-engagement with HIV medical care.
- Facilitate partnerships with other community HIV clinical providers, health departments, and community-based organizations providing HIV prevention services and collaborating in the implementation of the EHE.
The seven award recipients are listed below:
|San Francisco Department of Public Health||$450,000|
|Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services||$450,000|
|City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health||$450,000|
|Baltimore City Health Department||$450,000|
|District of Columbia Department of Health||$400,000|
|Alabama Department of Public Health||$400,000|
|Arizona Department of Health Services||$400,000|
More information on Integrated HIV Program for Health Departments to Support Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States: Component C, including the list of awardees, is available on CDC’s website. Questions about the STD EHE work may be directed to EHESTD@cdc.gov.