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LPHI Receives Funding to Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma


The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) was recently highlighted in a Gambit article as a recipient of $82,500 in grant funding from the Southern AIDS Coalition through the Gilead COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States (COMPASS) Initiative. Three other organizations in Louisiana are also receiving funding during this grant cycle.

LPHI will utilize the funding to implement the Framework for Dialogue program in communities within New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The program will bring together people living with HIV/AIDS, faith leaders, and others to create community-driven action plans that address stigma around HIV/AIDS. These plans are designed to be sustainable at the community level even beyond the funding timeline.

Reduction in stigma increases HIV/AIDS testing and access to treatment, which then leads to suppressed viral loads for people living with HIV/AIDS and prevents transmission. All of these steps are critical to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

We appreciate this opportunity from the Southern AIDS Coalition and Gilead Sciences and look forward to the positive impact we can make in the community during this grant cycle and beyond.