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AIDS: Center awarded city HIV grant
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2011-12-21

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The Center on Halsted will be increasing its HIV-prevention services in 2012.

The organization has been awarded three prevention grants from the Chicago Department of Public Health, totaling $390,109.

Center CEO Modesto "Tico" Valle said the organization was "elated" to receive the money.

Valle said that the money will result in five to six new hires at the center.

It is the second large grant the facility has secured for HIV-prevention work in recent months. In September, the organization announced that it received $1.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand services for African-American and Latino gay and bisexual men.

The latest round of grants is intended to target white MSMs (men who have sex with men), Latino MSMs and youth.

The money from recent grants has allowed the center to expand its testing hours to late nights and weekends, said Valle.

The funds also represent a shift in programming for the center, which, apart from administering HIV testing, had scaled back on such programs in recent years. According to Valle, the center lost approximately $250,000 in funds five years ago with government cuts.

"We were testing more people than we could handle," he said.

The new money has allowed the facility to restore those programs and add to them, he said.

The center will be collaborating on prevention services with Affinity Community Services, Chicago House, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus and Northwestern University's IMPACT Program.


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