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Funds available for HIV prevention, care of Native Americans


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The federal agency that provides health care to Native Americans will award up to $1 million in grants to tribes and organizations across the country in an effort to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes among tribal populations.

The funding from the Indian Health Service will come in the form of up to five awards together totaling no more than $200,000 a year for five years. The goals of the effort, announced Monday, are to reduce the number of new HIV infections annually, cut the risk of transmission by changing behavior and encourage an open discussion about the virus and disease among the Native American community, which compared with other and ethnicities, has poorer survival rates after an HIV diagnosis.


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