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Local HIV/AIDS Center Receives $1.7 Million CDC Grant

The Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in Phoenix is one of 30 centers nationwide to receive a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 5-year, $1.7 million grant will be used for HIV prevention and outreach services across the state.

According to the CDC, Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for nearly a quarter of U.S. cases in 2014.

Part of the grant money will be used specifically for HIV prevention in Hispanic males between the ages of 13 and 29.

Heather van Blokland was a host at KJZZ from 2016 to 2021.