Minnesota Funds HIV Prevention Programs For Foreign-Born Residents

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Three agencies have been chosen to receive state HIV prevention funding for programs designed to reach foreign-born residents in Minnesota who are most at risk for HIV. The grants were made by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in response to legislation passed in 2007.

In announcing the grants Wednesday, MDH's STD and HIV Section Manager Peter Carr said the programs were "necessary to promote knowledge and understanding about HIV in a culturally specific way, including addressing HIV stigma, in order to reduce the risk for HIV infection."

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Health officials noted that some foreign-born communities tend to have higher HIV infection rates and face additional cultural and language barriers that prevent them from accessing vital prevention and testing information and resources.

The awarded grantees will share $250,000 in state grant money for a two-year period, beginning November 2007. The grants will be used to support targeted programs that reach East and West African and Mexican/Latino foreign born residents.

The grant recipients are:

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