Ahead of World AIDS Day, the Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded grants to organizations providing service for the HIV/AIDS community. The 16 “Quality of Life Fund” grants totaling $2.1 million were awarded to groups providing HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and support services. The grants are made possible by proceeds from the Lottery’s Red Ribbon Cash instant games.
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The announcement was made in Chicago, where IDPH provided free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Illinois has the seventh highest number of diagnosed HIV infections and is fifth nationwide in the estimated number of AIDS cases.