HIV prevention

smael Morales, director of health services at the Center Long Beach, which serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. For now, the Center has survived state cuts to HIV and AIDS prevention and testing funding after receiving a three-year, $300,000 grant in 2009.

HIV prevention efforts a struggle after budget cuts

Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state funding for HIV and AIDS programs was cut by more than half, $85 million, in the 2009-10 fiscal year. That included the entire budget for HIV prevention and testing, though about $12 million in federal funds was still available. That trend has continued since then, and no state funding for prevention and testing is proposed in the next fiscal year either under Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget as California continues to face a financial meltdown.

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