HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—continues to afflict the United States three decades after scientists first recognized the disease. At the end of 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the South accounted for 45 percent of the estimated 33,015 new AIDS diagnoses in the nation.
Emory University is a vital contributor in the struggle to reverse the tide of infection. In July, the university’s efforts received a major boost. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it awarded the university’s Center for AIDS Research more than $9 million in a five-year grant.
The award includes renewal of Emory’s designation as one of the 21 NIH AIDS research sites, located at academic and research institutions throughout the nation. This is the third NIH competitive renewal grant to Emory, which now totals more than $24 million since the university started its research