The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has started awarding almost $339 million in HIV prevention funds to state and local health departments in the first year of a five-year funding cycle, according to a CDC statement. The funds represent a new effort by the CDC to achieve a higher level of impact with every dollar spent, a.k.a. high-impact HIV prevention. The CDC is re-prioritizing its methods for HIV prevention grants, so that it assigns funding to each health department based on the number of people living with HIV in that jurisdiction. Health departments will also receive guidance as to which prevention programs are most effective. The CDC will also give out an additional $20 million in March 2012 on a competitive basis to health departments with the most innovative approaches to HIV prevention.

To read the CDC statement, click here.