DHEC's STD/HIV Division provides contracts to community-based partners (pdf) to deliver HIV, STD and viral hepatitis prevention services. These contracts are provided through these major initiatives:
- HIV Prevention Program funds are provided by CDC to the STD/HIV Division. DHEC awarded funds to community programs through a competitive process. The funding cycle began in July 2012 and will continue through June 30, 2017. The overall goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections, focusing particularly on reducing the disproportionate impact of HIV infection in racial/ethnic minority populations. These efforts use interventions that are targeted to the state's priority populations listed in the SC HIV Prevention Plan . The priorities for this community-based funding are in this overview (pdf) .
- DHEC receives CDC funding for the HIV Expanded Testing Program and the Syphilis Elimination Program. A portion of the funds are provided for very specific, targeted community-based HIV testing, syphilis screening, treatment referrals and education efforts to men who are most at risk for HIV and syphilis in South Carolina. Grants were awarded in early 2013 and will continue through June 30, 2017.
- HIV Expanded Testing Program funds are also provided to DHEC from CDC to increase routine HIV testing services in clinical settings in areas of the state with significant HIV incidence and prevalence numbers.