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California: San Francisco Urged to Backfill HIV Cut

March 8, 2013

San Francisco officials are being urged to backfill millions of dollars in federal funding cuts to HIV and AIDS services. Due to planned reductions in the city's share of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act funding, the city will experience a $2.1 million cut to its AIDS programs and the loss of $1.88 million from CDC for HIV prevention in the 2013/2014 fiscal budget that begins on July 1. San Francisco hopes that it can absorb the $4 million loss with local resources.

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener stated that he believes it is doable. In 2012, Wiener worked with AIDS advocates, his board colleagues, and Mayor Ed Lee's administration to restore almost $7.5 million in federal HIV/AIDS funding cuts. Wiener declares, "We are going to be working closely with the mayor's office to really try to make that happen. But nothing is guaranteed." Wiener has called for a special hearing before the board's budget committee, to take place the last week of March, where they will discuss this year's pending HIV cuts. Lee needs to present his proposed budget to the board by May 1; the final version is due June 3, with the board having until July 31 to adopt the budget.

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