LAS VEGA (KLAS) – The Southern Nevada Health District has received more than $2.1 million in grants from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to aid community HIV prevention and treatment efforts.
On Wednesday, US Representative Susie Lee announced that the CDC had awarded SNHD a $2,144,080 grant under the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the US (EHE) initiative.
The goal of the EHE program is to invest in communities most affected by HIV by supporting local HIV programs to receive, rebuild and grow after the effects of COVID-19.
“It is critical that, especially as we recover from the pandemic, we have the funding we need to address the health crises that COVID-19 has exacerbated,” Rep. Lee said. “I am proud to announce this grant and will continue to work to fight the HIV epidemic throughout Nevada and nationally.”
According to the CDC’s website, EHE’s role in helping to end the HIV epidemic in the United States is to intensify four science-based strategies: diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond.
CDC continues to invest these strategies in communities most affected by HIV for maximum impact.
These investments are part of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030.
According to the CDC website in 2021, 403 people were diagnosed with HIV, which is an increase from 2020 with 343 diagnoses. The goal is to reduce this number to around 111 people diagnosed in 2025 and eventually to have 44 diagnoses in 2030.
“This grant provides the Southern Nevada Health District with the ability to continue working to end HIV in our community,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “Being able to expand access to linkages to care services and testing, as well as PReP and PEP to our clients, is how we can make inroads into Southern Nevada communities that are impacted by HIV. .”