""These funds will be a tremendous help in our efforts to keep Oregonians at highest risk HIV-negative,"" said Thomas Bruner, Cascade AIDS Project''s executive director. ""With 500 new reports of HIV or AIDS made to state health officials in 2003, we still have lots of work to do.""
The Brother to Brother program will use the funds to expand the reach of the ""Mpowerment"" program, an effort to educate young gay and bisexual men through a combination of informal and formal outreach, discussion groups, creation of safe spaces and social opportunities.
Other groups receiving grant funds include Outside In, for implementation of rapid HIV testing through outreach for high-risk gay and bisexual men, intravenous drug users and their partners; Project Quest, to promote the Healthy Relationships program for HIV-positive men and women at high risk for transmitting HIV; and Partnership Project, for expansion of prevention case management for HIV-positive men and women at high risk for transmitting HIV, and HIV-negative men and women at high risk for contracting HIV.
In Oregon, as many as 8,600 men, women and children are living with HIV or AIDS —— the majority of whom reside in the Portland metropolitan area. Another 3,068 Oregonians already have died from AIDS-related complications. In 2003, some 500 new reports of HIV or AIDS were made to state health officials.