HIV/AIDS News Digest: March 16, 2011
March 16, 2011
Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:
Washington State Cuts Funding for State's Only Women's HIV/AIDS Service Organization (From BABES Network-YWCA)
While we all know that budget cuts are a country-wide epidemic right now, we also know that crucial social service programs are in danger of losing funding or closing their doors all together. BABES Network-YMCA, the only women-specific HIV/AIDS service organization in the state of Washington, lost all of its state funding due to budget cuts. State funding accounted for 75 percent of all funding for the organization, which helps more than 400 women living with HIV/AIDS.
In a press release, BABES wrote:
The state's Department of Health claims that it will hold 20 spaces for BABES clients if an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting list is put in place.
A petition, penned by Tennessee Equality Project, is demanding that the state's lawmakers include HIV/AIDS education as part of all high school education programs. Currently, Tennessee state law makes HIV/AIDS education for any high school students optional. The petition highlights that teens in the South are even more at risk for contracting HIV and that having comprehensive sex-ed classes costs the state very little.
View the petition in its entirety here.
Advocacy Group Gives the U.S. Capital Poor Marks for its HIV/AIDS Efforts (From The Washington Post)
The D.C. Appleseed Center for Law believes that Washington, D.C., is not doing enough for HIV/AIDS. Since 2005, the advocacy group has published an annual report card, and this year the city received a "D" -- the city's first poor grade. Former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's lack of leadership, the city's dwindling needle exchange programs and a decrease in grants are to blame.
The Washington Post reported:
It's particularly troublesome that a city with a 3 percent HIV prevalence rate -- a rate that mirrors other countries in the developing world -- has a low grade in addressing its own epidemic. One can only hope that the city ups its efforts in time for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), which is to be held there.
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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