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NH AIDS Programs Need a Cash Transfusion

February 26, 2007

All across the country, states are being cut off from federal AIDS funding through the Ryan White program that supports the work of AIDS service organizations. New Hampshire is no exception, with an estimated loss of $1 million.

Governor Lynch feels strongly enough about the loss to add the amount into the new state budget, perhaps the first time the state has made a significant investment in H.I.V. treatment and prevention programs. Susan MacNeil of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, says it comes at a time when teenagers are being told H.I.V. is a "chronic illness." In fact, she says, it is a highly infectious, fatal disease -- and the diagnoses keep rising.
Unless the shortfall is made up, H.I.V. patients will quickly sap local resources.

"They'll become emergency room customers, and show up at the city welfare office. The burden on those systems, which are not set up to do that, would be extraordinary."

MacNeil says, despite billions of dollars spent on research and medication, AIDS is not a success story -- in the United States or anywhere else. Especially in the U.S., she observes H.I.V. prevention education falling off over the years, and the impact of the disease being minimized.

"Kids today hear, 'Oh, AIDS is just a chronic illness,' and then they think, 'Oh, well, it's like diabetes or heart disease, there's probably a pill for it.' How did we get from five diagnoses on June 6th, 1981 to between 40 and 44 million people, globally -- today -- living with HIV and AIDS? I don't get that!"

MacNeil points to successful client case management provided to about 1,400 H.I.V. patients -- support that keeps them stable, adherent to their medication, working, less likely to spread the disease, and away from emergency care. In addition to the Governor's budget requests, Senate Bill 215 also proposes making up the lost federal dollars. To date, no formal opposition to the idea has surfaced.

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - NH