The CDC on Thursday announced the expansion of an initiative through which more than 1.4 million Americans have been tested for HIV. During the next three years, funding for the effort will increase by approximately $31.5 million, and a total of $142.5 million will be awarded to state and local health departments in eligible jurisdictions to increase HIV testing in health care and non-health care settings.
The current initiative began in 2007 and will end in September 2010, concurrent with the launch of the new project. During the program's first two years, more than 10,000 persons were newly diagnosed with HIV, of whom 75 percent were linked to health care. Sixty-two percent of those tested in the initial phase were African Americans.
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