Newsfeed : Puerto Rico and 8 States Lose HIV Surveillance Funding

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Newsfeed » August 2008

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

20 Years Ago In POZ

More News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to


August 25, 2008

Puerto Rico and 8 States Lose HIV Surveillance Funding

Puerto Rico and eight states in the continental United States will no longer receive federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new HIV monitoring system, which found that that annual U.S. infection rate was 40 percent higher than previously estimated, The New York Times reports. The CDC is shifting the number of participating states from 34 to 25 based on a competitive application process.

According to the article, the states that lost funding were Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Terry Butler, a spokeswoman for the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention at the CDC, told the Times that the total funding for HIV surveillance would remain the same nationwide, but the remaining 25 states and cities would receive more of it because they had the most reliable systems in place that would produce the best possible infection rate estimates.

According to Julie Scofield, executive director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, the nine jurisdictions cut from the program lost roughly $3 million in funding combined. Scofield added that overall money available for tracking HIV infections and trends is decreasing, making it difficult for many states to keep up.

“Surveillance funding is starving at the CDC,” Scofield said. “Their ability to say that they’re going to have ongoing reliable reports of incidence is somewhat questionable unless [they] have funding.”

Search: Puerto Rico, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, CDC, surveillance

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Show comments (4 total)

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.