The average grant amount is $323,000 per year for five years, according to the CDC. The specific amounts awarded to the Georgia agencies were not immediately available.

“This funding is a critical part of CDC’s national HIV prevention efforts and is in line with the priorities identified in the recently released National HIV/AIDS Strategy,” said Jonathan Mermin, MD, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, in a press release announcing the grants.  “Governments on the federal and state levels cannot end this epidemic alone, and these resources will help to give many communities the tools they need to fight HIV locally.”

The funds will be targeted at groups identified by the CDC as being most at risk from HIV, including gay and bisexual men, African-Americans, Latinos and injection drug users.

According to the CDC, 49 percent of the organizations that will receive grants are targeted at men who have sex with men.

The $42 million in grants comes from the CDC’s $728 million dedicated to preventing HIV in the United States.

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