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CDC's HIV Testing and Prevention Funding in FY 2011 and '12 Data Table

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Science  13 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6091, pp. 182
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6091.182-b

Summary

In an effort to move money for HIV testing and prevention to the regions that have the most people infected with the AIDS virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in FY 2012 began to make major adjustments. CDC assessed how many HIV-infected people lived in each state to make its calculations. Although this will help regions that recently have had steep inclines in new infections, the formula does not take into account the rates per population, so a populous state with 10,000 infected people receives the same weighting as a state that has the same number of infections and fewer residents—and thus a more intense testing and prevention effort. The 5-year process will not cut anyone's budget by more than 25% in a given year to avoid causing major disruptions, and CDC also decided that the jurisdictions with the fewest infected people still needed minimum amounts to stage HIV testing and prevention programs: about $750,000 for states and $250,000 for territories. This leads to some absurd discrepancies, such as the Republic of Palau receiving nearly $250,000 even though it had only four people diagnosed with HIV infections in 2009. In a few cases, jurisdictions that appear to take big hits such as Georgia's and New York State’s departments of health actually had the money moved elsewhere to other programs in their states. When CDC makes more than one allocation to different agencies in the same state, the table combines them, which is indicated by ***. Bolded numbers highlight the states that received the largest amount per HIV-infected resident.

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