Arkansas HIV/AIDS Task Force Final Report Requests $3 Million for Awareness Efforts, Testing Sites
December 4, 2008
The Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Task Force on Monday released its final report and said it will request $3 million in state funding over the next two years to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in minority communities and establish testing sites, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (Frago, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/2).
In the past seven years, HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in the state have received $5,938 annually, according to Tere Roderick, head of HIV prevention for the state Health Department. "Our state has not addressed this issue," she said. Task force Co-Chair Rick Collins said that the state's tight budget might make it difficult for the state to allocate the requested money. But he added, "We're keeping our fingers crossed. We hope our state will step up to the plate" (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/2).
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