Grants To Prevent HIV/AIDS Among Those at Highest Risk

DATE: November 24, 2004

CONTACT: Communication Office
863-7281

BURLINGTON, VT – The Vermont Department of Health today announced the award of grants totaling $575,000 to Vermont non-profit organizations serving Vermonters at highest risk for being infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Funding for these grants comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This grant program funds evidence-based interventions that have been proven to be most effective in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS among high risk groups. Vermont high risk groups were defined by the state’s Community Planning Group as people living with HIV/AIDS, men who have sex with men, heterosexuals at increased risk, and people who inject drugs.

With less than $600,000 to grant out, the department received in excess of $1.1 million in grant applications.

“We received many excellent proposals and based on our limited funding, we had to make some very difficult decisions,” said Kurt Kleier, HIV/AIDS chief at the Vermont Department of Health.

The community organizations that receive these grants will employ strategies recommended by CDC to reduce HIV infection among specific populations.

HIV/AIDS Grants: