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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Down East AIDS Network and Health Equity Alliance, also known as DEAN+HEAL, has officially combined with EMAN- Eastern Maine AIDS Network.

The two organizations decided to pool their staff and resources to better serve the Maine community facing AIDS and HIV. In addition to DEAN and HEAL's health equity centers in Ellsworth, Machias, and Calais, a new center has opened it's doors in Bangor and will serve six communities. Now that EMAN is a part of DEAN+HEAL, the organization is hoping to do more with the combined funding.

"We're working with the funders to see what's going on, but because we're the only organization up in this area," said Sean Weber, the deputy director of the organization. "So therefore we're hoping that it will work for our benefit that we'll be getting increased funding."

DEAN+HEAL has been serving Maine's AIDS and HIV positive community for 27 years trying to prevent the spreading of these and other communicable diseases through education, medical attention, and syringe disposal.

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