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Author Topic: Center for AIDS Research in Alabama Receives $7.5M Grant Renewal  (Read 476 times)

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Offline Jim Allen

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I know any funding is good, but to me, 7.5 Million over 5 years does not sound like a lot considering how far off they seem to be from reaching the 90-90-90 goals and, Alabama's population size is about 5 million people.  :-\


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Center for AIDS Research in Alabama Receives $7.5M Grant Renewal
The money will help fund Birmingham’s efforts to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 treatment goals.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has received a five-year $7.5 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to a press release from the center, the bulk of the money will be used to fund efforts to curb the epidemic in Birmingham and the Southeast more generally.

Birmingham had the 17th-highest rate of HIV cases in the nation in 2014, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. Today, CFAR estimates that 40% of all Alabamians living with HIV—around 6,400 individuals, most of them African-American men—are not virally suppressed, meaning not only that their own health is in jeopardy but also that they can pass on the virus to others.

“We’re positioned right in the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the South, which means we are able to tackle some of the field’s most pressing emerging challenges and expand our role as leaders in the fight against HIV regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Michael Saag, MD, CFAR’s director and a professor in the school of medicine, in the press release. “With this renewal, we will be able to more closely focus on working with community partners to deliver services to the community with the goal of improving outcomes in our patients.
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