U.S. Senator Kay Hagan commented on the news that DHHS will receive a grant of $5.6 million over the next three years to support new programs to combat HIV in the South, the region with the highest incidence of HIV in the country. According to data compiled by researchers at Duke University, more than 23,000 people are living with HIV or AIDS in North Carolina, the 10th highest in the nation. "The incidence of HIV/AIDS in North Carolina and throughout the South is staggering,” said Hagan. “While we have seen signs of progress in North Carolina, we must do more. I'm pleased that new federal resources will be dedicated to increasing HIV testing, expanding specialty care, and educating at-risk North Carolinians about preventing and treating HIV/AIDS." North Carolina is one of eight states, six of which are in the South, to receive grants through the Care and Prevention in the U.S. (CAPUS) demonstration project, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).