- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore has been awarded two grants totaling $20 million to reduce HIV infection among men who have sex with men and transgender populations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the grants Thursday.

The CDC said in a news release that new HIV infections are declining nationwide, new infections are increasing among men who have sex with men and transgender persons in Baltimore.

African American populations are especially at risk, the CDS says, as 84 percent of those living with HIV in Baltimore are black.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen says the money will be used in a preventive approach to HIV infection that addresses risk behaviors. The plan also involves daily administration of the antiretroviral Truvada.

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