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AIDS Funding in Limbo For Highest-Risk New Yorkers

February 27, 2007

$13 million in federal minority AIDS funding will not be coming to New York charities as expected this week. Instead, the money will be delayed until at least fall, while many wonder if this delay is actually a permanent cut.

Mark McLaurin, with the New York State Black Gay Network, says the delay will hurt HIV and AIDS sufferers in minority communities that are traditionally the hardest to reach. He says many high-risk New Yorkers will now fail to receive treatment.

"It's going to be even that much harder to enroll them back into systems of care and prevention. This can have disastrous epidemiological consequences."

McLaurin adds the hardets-hit cities include Buffalo, Syracuse and the New York metro area.

"There's no question there will be markedly less HIV prevention, treatment and supportive services in these communities as a result of this action."

Damon Dozier, with the National Minority AIDS Council, says women of color are now most impacted by HIV and AIDS. He says the temporary funding gap will hurt them most.

"The highest rate of HIV cases in women comes at childbearing years. Without these monies, you may find women and families being in a much tougher position than they were in the past."

The Bush administration says the delay will allow the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration more time to review comments on the program.

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY