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CCAP Awards First Grants

This past December, the Central Carolina AIDS Partnership (CCAP) awarded $160,000 through nine grants to community organizations.  These HIV/AIDS prevention education grants are the first awarded since the Community Foundation was named a Community Partnership of the National AIDS Fund last June.

Prevention education is vital as South Carolina ranks 8th in the nation per capita for new AIDS cases and Columbia ranks 9th in the nation among large metropolitan areas, based on the number of new AIDS cases reported annually.  More than seven out of every ten newly diagnosed HIV infections occur among African-Americans and the 20 – 29 year-old age group reports the highest percentage of newly diagnosed HIV positive people in our state.

A majority of the grants awarded focused on the African-American population and/or youth and young adults.  Two programs involved peer-led training intervention aimed at reducing HIV risk behavior among sexually active African American young women.  Another program aimed to recruit and train a core group of African American women living with HIV who would then distribute HIV prevention information and training to other women.

A similar program will develop peer education groups among African-American women living in two housing communities in Sumter who will then serve as voices for HIV/AIDS prevention in their communities.  Two organizations were awarded funding for the national video based intervention program VOICES.  This program is designed to increase condom usage among African Americans and Latinos between the ages of 18 and 30.

Additional grants focused on expanding current HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach programs for youth in the Richland County, delivering HIV/AIDS prevention education and testing to the Hispanic/Latino community, and training peer educators to facilitate HIV risk reduction education with young men who have sex with men.

The Community Foundation thanks the National AIDS Fund for its financial support and assistance and the Elton John AIDS Foundation for its support through the National AIDS Fund.  We also extend our thanks to our local funders: AIDS Benefit Foundation, New Morning Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  This program would not be possible without all or their support.