CDC announced that an estimated 50,000 new HIV infections have occurred nationwide each year between 2006 and 2009. Incidence of new HIV infections was stable in all groups, except among Black MSM ages 13-29, in which incidence increased 48% from 2006 through 2009. MSM continue to be the highest impacted group, especially Black and Hispanic men. Virginia is no different than the national averages. In our region, Men who have Sex with Men constitute 52% of all living HIV/AIDS cases with a known risk residing in the region. A total of 83% of all emergent cases of HIV/AIDS in this region occurred among racial/ethnic minorities, as compared to their combined 2009 prevalence of 76%. Currently, the emergent HIV/AIDS rate among African Americans in Virginia is more than 4 times that of white Non-Hispanics.
ACCESS AIDS Care (formerly Full Circle/CANDII) has been in existence for 22 years providing services in this region. With this new grant, ACCESS AIDS Care will provide targeted HIV prevention services to Young Men Who Have Sex with Men. There are three major components to the project; 1) we will work with individuals who are HIV+ and are at high risk of transmitting the disease. 2) We will work with those who are HIV- and are at risk of contracting HIV and 3), we will expand our HIV testing program particularly to target this population and ensure they become aware of their HIV status. We will provide multiple interventions, including CRCS (Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services with CLEAR) and Community Promise. Some of the services will be provided in the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads, funded through a previous grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. ACCESS AIDS Care is pleased to bring these services to the community and fulfilling our mission to provide quality support and prevention services.
To learn more about Centers for Disease Control, visit http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/incidence.htm
For more information about these local events, please call ACCESS AIDS Care at 757-640-0929 or visit our website at www.accessaids.org