New York: Funds Imperil HIV Testing
July 13, 2011
With the loss of Nassau County funding, the Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition says it will not be able to conduct free, anonymous HIV testing on a half-dozen local college campuses. In April, LIMAC lost its $110,000 annual county allocation, one-quarter of its budget, amid a wave of county cuts. Other services also are at risk, and LIMAC now is turning to the private sector, including foundations, for support.
Nassau County officials had to make similar cuts, affecting dozens of medical-related social service organizations, in order to prevent a property tax hike, said Brian Nevin, a spokesperson for County Executive Edward Mangano.
"It would be a complete travesty and disservice not only to the college community but the community at large if they could not continue their important mission," said Dr. Debra Kaplan, a psychology professor at the SUNY campus who has worked closely with LIMAC.
Also at risk are programs providing prevention education in minority communities in Nassau and Suffolk, counseling for homeless people, and syringe access for drug users.
"I had to lay off our health educator because of the cutback," said Aziz, whose group has one other full-time employee and one part-timer. "We have the largest population of HIV-positive people in suburban America and actually more people than some states," Aziz said, citing state health department data.
07.06.2011; Delthia Ricks
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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