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Vanderbilt: Lands Major Grant for AIDS Education, Training in Southeast

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, nearly $23 million federal grant to continue the coordination of the Southeast AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Education and Training Center (AETC).

“HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] treatment has advanced enormously in the last 20 years, but there is still a great need in keeping clinicians and care providers updated on the latest treatment options,” said Dr. Stephen Raffanti, medical director of the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC) and professor of medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

“In the South there is also a need to expand access to HIV-related care through the transformation of primary care centers into centers where screening and testing for HIV infection, preventive services for uninfected patients at risk and treatment of uncomplicated HIV infection becomes the standard of care.”

“This grant allows us to help facilitate the training that could lead to the end of the HIV epidemic in the region,” Dr. Raffanti said.

Despite advances in treatment and widespread education efforts, nearly 39,000 people become newly infected with HIV in the United States every year, according to the federal government.

Much of the renewal grant, along with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will go toward providing patient-centered and inter-professional training to HIV clinics, with a special focus on minority providers and those serving minority patients.

Other partners are the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Medical Advocacy and Outreach of Montgomery, the University of Miami, University of Florida, Duke University, University of Kentucky, University of Mississippi Medical Center, the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina.

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