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Governor "Terminator" Kills AIDS Program

In a "Heartless Act" Governor Schwarzenegger Dismantles California's Lifesaving HIV/AIDS Prevention, Testing, Housing and Treatment Services

Deadly Cuts Will Cripple HIV Testing & Prevention Efforts, Endanger Public Health and Cost California Taxpayers Infinitely More in the Future

July 28, 2009

Los Angeles, CA -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the US' largest AIDS organization as well as the operator of California's largest alternative HIV testing program, today condemned Governor Schwarzenegger's gutting of California's lifesaving HIV/AIDS programs as he approves a budget plan that includes millions of dollars worth of cuts to the state's HIV/AIDS education, prevention, counseling & testing, housing and treatment services.

Today's cuts to HIV/AIDS programs include: an 80% reduction in funding for Education & Prevention, a 70% cut in HIV Counseling and Testing, a 50% cut for Early Intervention (that provides primary medical care), a 100% cut in Therapeutic Monitoring Program (the program that monitors the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS drugs administered through the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program), a 20% cut in Housing and more than a 50% cut in funding for Home and Community-Based Care.

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Comment by: wayne blake (madison wi) Wed., Jul. 29, 2009 at 11:10 pm EDT
What a setback for such a progressive state. Cannot believe this what will happen to the epidemic. where are the condoms and needles coming from how is the disease going to be kept at bay while the money for prevention and care being cut. perhaps the marijuana clubs in California will help. I know I am a member of Madison wi NORML and a HIV patient and I would definitely be willing to pay a tax for that!!!!!! A very concerned citizen of this green rock we call home.
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Comment by: Michael (Haslett) Wed., Jul. 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm EDT
This is a shame to have this much of a cut in these important programs. I can only hope that the CA senate and house will override these vetos and put them back into the budget and find funding for them somewhere. I am sure there has to be other places to make cuts that will not hurt as much. Plus the federal government needs to help get more of these individuals onto Medicare so they can get Medicare Part D to help pay for their drugs.
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