West Virginia: Funding Changes Force Changes for AIDS Program
April 2, 2007
The loss of $42,000 in funding from the state has forced Morgantown-based Caritas House, an AIDS service organization, to close its Parkersburg office and reduce its testing and education efforts. Epidemiologist Loretta Haddy said the state Bureau of Public Health, acting on instructions from CDC, had shifted education funds to programs in Huntington, Beckley, Charleston, and Martinsburg. "Our intervention projects have to be targeted where the burden of disease is," she said, which now means primarily men who have sex with men, African-American females, and injection drug users. But Sharon Wood, Executive Director of Caritas House, said the change "pretty much devastated our funding for education [and] prevention for 15 counties in northern West Virginia."
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.