Medical Center Also Receives Grant For Study Of HIV And Prisons

CHICAGO (CBS) – The University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center is the recipient of a $12 million federal grant for a new state-of-the-art community health facility.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the grant through the Affordable Care Act, for the rebuilding of the Mile Square Health Center.

The current Mile Square Health Center is located at 2045 W. Washington Blvd. on the Near West Side, less than a mile from the main UIC Medical Center campus. It is one of four UIC community health centers for economically-challenged Chicago neighborhoods.

The site for the new Mile Square center has yet to be learned.

Meanwhile, the UIC Medical Center has also received a $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research on HIV-infected inmates at Illinois prisons.

The study will focus on better ways to find, test and treat infected inmates at Illinois state prisons and the Cook County Jail.

HIV tests are not required in standard health exams when inmates enter the prison system. The researchers will help implement and evaluate an “opt-out” system. That means inmates will be tested unless they opt out.

The researchers believe the new system will increase detection and potentially reduce HIV transmission.

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