Saturday, May 22, 2004
In a shift of its domestic AIDS priorities, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $49 million Friday to private community organizations fighting the epidemic, but denied money to 2 out of 3 such groups that had sought to renew their grants from previous years.
The policy overhaul is designed to steer increasingly scarce federal dollars away from prevention programs that focus on the uninfected and toward programs that promote AIDS prevention to those who are HIV-positive and might pass the virus to someone else.
According to Dr. Robert Janssen, director of the agency's HIV prevention programs, 67 of the 189 programs currently receiving grants will continue to do so. Another 75 programs that currently do not receive direct grants from the federal agency will get them when the new round of funding begins in July.