RI receives $1 million for HIV/AIDS work

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders working to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS are getting a little help from the federal government. The Ocean State will receive more than a million dollars to slow down the virus.

According to U.S. Senator Jack Reed's office, More than $600,000 dollars will go to the Department of Health to collect data on the spread of HIV and enhance testing and prevention across the state. The rest of the money goes to Miriam Hospital in Providence to improve health care services and counseling related to HIV/AIDS.

Last year, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention visited Rhode Island to examine a sudden jump in HIV and Syphilis among men who have sex with men. Between 2008 and 2009 the Rhode Island Department of Health saw a twenty percent increase in HIV infections among local gay and bisexual men.

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