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New York City AIDS Activists Seek Greater Funding for Programs Targeting Minority Women
New York City AIDS activists are opposing a $20 million cut in the city budget that would eliminate the $2 million set aside for HIV/AIDS prevention services and are urging the city council to devote more money to fight HIV/AIDS among minorities, Women's Enews reports. Seventy-six percent of the city's adult AIDS cases occur among minorities, and 89% of female adult AIDS cases are among minority women, according to a report by Housing Works. However, minority-run HIV/AIDS organizations receive only 34.7% of the $63 million in state funding for prevention and treatment. As a result, New York City AIDS activists are asking the city council to allocate $7 million toward minority-run prevention and treatment efforts. Council member Victor Robles questioned the design of the city budget, stating, "How can you cut those [HIV/AIDS] services when there's a $2.3 billion surplus?" The proposal has garnered the support of Robles and several other city council members, who say they will make it "their priority" in future council meetings (Pantin, Women's Enews, 4/20).
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