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Nashua receives grants to help local AIDS patients

At the end of June, aldermen accepted two grants that will go to the city of Nashua, New Hampshire and its residents who have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and, in particular, AIDS. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave $1.42 million to assist about 30 homes and local AIDS patients with security deposits, permanent housing, case management, counseling and guidance to healthcare services.

“I know that they were proud of the accomplishments they made when they first got this grant because there was no one on the waiting list that had HIV/AIDS that wasn’t being served,” said Alderman Lori Wilshire. “So they do a really good job.”

In New Hampshire, almost 2,000 individuals were reported to have developed AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s to 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state is ranked 43rd among 50 states for the highest prevalence.

The second grant was provided by New Hampshire's Health and Human Services Department. The funds are going toward STD and HIV control and will provide more clinical services, such as STD screening and treatment, for residents.