Funding cuts to be made to AIDS organizations
POSTED: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 3:11pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 5:01am
TYLER — Organizations that help those affected by HIV/AIDS are facing federal funding cuts this year.
Agencies say there will be a reduction in funds under the Ryan White CARE Act.
The act provides HIV-related services for those without decent healthcare or resources.
Tyler AIDS Services says dealing with budget cuts is nothing new, but the newest round comes at a bad time for them.
"You want to prevent any new infection," said Jeanette Deas Calhoun. "So in order to do that, we need resources. So the cuts come at a time when we are trying to get additional information out there, because there is an increase in the number of infections."
Calhoun says the organization can never cut testing and prevention awareness.
The center hopes its' fundraisers will help make up for the loss in funding.
The organization will also be the beneficiary of a fundraiser this Labor Day Weekend. (whitepartytyler.com)
For more on the program's fundraisers, visit tyleraidsvc.org.