Heart of Illinois HIV/AIDS Center to receive funding

By WEEK Reporter

Heart of Illinois HIV/AIDS Center to receive funding

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The Heart of Illinois HIV/AIDS Center (HIHAC) will receive nearly $880,000 over the next three years to increase testing and care for women, adolescents and infants living with HIV/AIDS.

The new grant is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HIHAC is one of 114 community-based organizations, university hospitals and health departments nationwide to receive the grants, which totaled $68 million.

"We are seeing more and more young people resting HIV positive, reluctant to get into care and/or coming into care late in their disease stage," said Pam Briggs, Director of HIHAC, in a statement.  "We can use the new grant to target this group and work diligently to get them into care quicker, reducing the risk of opportunistic infections, AIDS Diagnoses, and continued spread of the virus."

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