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GW: DC CFAR Awarded NIH Funding to Implement Administration’s HIV Initiative

The District of Columbia Center for  AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Research (DC CFAR), based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), has received supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research aimed at ending the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) epidemic.

NIH announced on Sept. 5 the funding of 23 institutions across the United States to help enhance the research base needed to implement the Trump Administration’s HIV initiative, “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.” The plan aims to reduce new HIV diagnoses in the United States by 75 percent in five years and by 90 percent by 2030.

The DC CFAR is one of 19 NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) in the U.S., a network that supports research aimed at reducing the burden of HIV domestically and globally. With support from the new award, DC CFAR will build upon relationships with health authorities in the District, community-based groups and federal agencies to identify and evaluate strategies to identify new cases of HIV, help connect people living with HIV or at risk of HIV with health care and prevention services, and ensure they continue to receive care to treat or prevent HIV.

“The DC CFAR is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this important national initiative,” said Dr. Alan Greenberg, director of DC CFAR and chair of the department of epidemiology at Milken Institute SPH.

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