San Francisco Organizations Urge Lawmakers To Restore HIV/AIDS Funding, Plan Rally
San Francisco area HIV/AIDS organizations are urging lawmakers to restore millions of dollars in funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs that were cut from the California budget by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) this week, KCBS.com reports. "The governor has removed a substantial amount of our capacity to make sure that people know their HIV status," Dana Van Gorder of Project Inform said, adding "Services that are keeping people who are already HIV positive healthy will be reduced with a major impact on their health." A rally is planned to take place next week at the state building in San Francisco to protest the cuts, according to the article (7/30). David Brinkman of the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, "says the budget cuts are literally a matter of life and death," KESQ.com reports. The Desert AIDS Project is hoping that planned fundraising will temporarily offset the cuts to services in the Palm Springs area (Diaz, 7/30).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.