New York City leads the nation in HIV/AIDS cases. The number of people living with HIV in the five boroughs keeps growing at an alarming rate—but that hasn't stopped the Bush administration from slashing New York's funding for HIV/AIDS services by a whopping $10.2 million. The cutbacks stem from a funding shift away from New York to other states coupled with new restrictions in how Ryan White Care Act funds can be spent. These cuts are hurting ASC and other AIDS service agencies in New York City and across the country.
In July, MHRA/HIV Care Services (which administers the city's Ryan White grant monies) informed grantees—including ASC—of major cutbacks to 14 lifesaving HIV/AIDS programs. Three of ASC's core programs—treatment adherence, case management, and harm reduction services—are being slashed by tens of thousands of dollars.
"It's tragic and inconceivable that these programs are on the chopping block when they're known to help people living with HIV/AIDS live longer, healthier lives," says ASC's Executive Director Sharen Duke. "We've consistently demonstrated a positive impact on our clients' lives, and to see this vital work endangered is devastating. Twenty-five years into this epidemic, with 40,000 new HIV infections reported in the U.S. every year, government policies need to expand services for people with HIV/AIDS, instead of hindering the very organizations that provide such services."
We will weather this storm, but we need your help. Your generous donation will help ASC offset these indefensible budget cuts and go directly to helping those most in need. Join us in our mission of helping many, one by one today.