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USFSP researcher gets grant to address HIV stigma

January 8, 2020 - A $70,000 grant for a post-doctoral fellow at University of South Florida St. Petersburg will be used to target the multiple stigmas surrounding HIV in Tampa Bay. The goal is to increase health screenings and diminish the spread of the disease. The grant went to Kemesha Gabbidon, a post-doctoral fellow at USFSP, who will  use it to implement a community program that works with individuals and communities most affected by the epidemic. This program seeks to generate greater awareness about the disease and its treatments, reduce the negative stigma around those who have it and improve the overall health and well-being of populations, a news release said. Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of new HIV cases.

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