Minn. Department of Health to fund HIV/AIDS Education

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The Minnesota Department of Health will spend $250,000 over the next 21 months to fund public health nonprofit organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS testing, care and education, an official said.

The Minnesota Department of Health will spend $250,000 over the next 21 months to fund public health nonprofit organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS testing, care and education, an official said.

Japhet M. Nyakundi, a program specialist in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, said three of the 13 that applied for grants will receive money.

“We want people to get tested to know their HIV status and get into care if they test positive,” Nyakundi said.

One of the organizations to be funded is Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in Minnesota. Upon receiving the grant, SAYFSM Executive Director Ephraim Olani said part of the money would be spent on African community media like Mshale, The Warsun Times, Somali TV and Mestawet.

Olani said the grant would enable SAYFSM to continue offering free HIV tests to the community.

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