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New "m2mPower" program to address HIV/AIDS and gay men

WASHINGTON -- Thanks to a new cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS United is launching the first phase of its comprehensive “m2mPower “initiative designed to reach what the CDC calls the "population most severely affected by HIV" with targeted capacity-building support, access to care programs and policy/advocacy activities.

The announcement of this new initiative comes on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD), a day of observance that encourages all men who have sex with men to take responsibility to know their status, to prevent HIV transmission through safer sex practices, and for those who are positive, to seek and stay in life-saving care.

The primary goal of the first phase of m2mPower supported through AIDS United's cooperative agreement with the CDC is to ensure that HIV is a priority for key non-HIV focused organizations serving men who have sex with men (MSM) in the targeted communities of Atlanta and Baltimore.

With a unique combination of cash grants, training, intensive technical assistance, communications expertise, and program evaluation, AIDS United will mobilize MSM in these communities around HIV-prevention messaging.

"HIV/AIDS remains a serious issue for gay men in the United States," said Douglas M. Brooks, chair of AIDS United's board of trustees.

"As a gay black man living with HIV, I feel a huge sense of urgency for AIDS United to expand our leadership role in supporting community-based programs that reach out to gay men to promote routine HIV testing, to prevent HIV transmission to those who are HIV-negative, and to ensure care and support services for those who are HIV-positive,” he said.

“Announcing m2mPower today, in observance of NGMHAAD, reflects our commitment to do just this, and we are grateful to the CDC for the opportunity to jump start this exciting new initiative."

About AIDS United

Born out of the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action in late 2010, AIDS United's mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. AIDS United combines strategic grantmaking and capacity-building with national advocacy and regional organizing to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. With a budget of over $15 million, AIDS United provided more than $7 million in grants last year supporting more than 400 AIDS organizations across the United States.