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12 May 2017

AID Atlanta Takes CDC to Court After Getting Snubbed for HIV Prevention Grant

AID Atlanta, the organization behind the yearly AIDS Walk, has filed legal action against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in federal court.

At issue is funding the CDC awards to groups that focus on HIV/AIDS prevention for young men of color who have sex with men and young transgender persons of color. AID Atlanta was passed over for grant funding this year in favor of two other similar organizations.

Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and Someone Cares, Inc., of Atlanta received a combined $742,962 in grants from the CDC, with the possibility of more money coming over the next five years.

AID Atlanta's lawsuit claims the CDC "mismanaged a critical funding opportunity and impermissibly denied funding to a long-standing partner fighting HIV/AIDS in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

"Plaintiff AID Atlanta, Inc. was a victim of an arbitrary and capricious funding process that will result in thousands of fewer HIV tests being performed in Atlanta and that will only worsen an ongoing public health crisis among minorities in that community,” the lawsuit alleges.

Nicole Roebuck, AID Atlanta Executive Director, said her organization was "perplexed" by the CDC snub.

“Through this lawsuit and by other actions, we will vigorously advocate to restore this funding to AID Atlanta in order to continue to provide these critical services to the clients and patients AID Atlanta serves," Roebuck said in a statement.

Funding for the grant AID Atlanta is challenging in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia came from President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to Congress. Obama's budget included $788 million for domestic HIV/AIDS prevention and research at the CDC.

The CDC allocated $10 million in grants for 2017. The entire program is expected to last five years and result in HIV/AIDS prevention organizations receiving $50 million in awards from the federal government.