A new federal funding formula from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta will result in a reduction of $2.1 million in federal funding for the state of Michigan for HIV testing and prevention by 2014.
Advocates and health officials warn the cuts could have a negative impact on the state’s public health.
“The prevention measures to minimize incidence of HIV also impact numerous other Public Health problems such as sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy, cervical cancer, infertility, low birth weight, infant mortality, substance abuse and mental health,” says Renee Canaday, deputy health director of the Ingham County Health Department. “Thus, this funding cut is likely to have far reaching effects.”
The funding cut is the result of a new formula designed to get more money into Southern states that are facing the brunt of the epidemic currently. Under the new formula, Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Health, Wellness and Disease Control Director Amna Osman wrote in a July 6 memo to HIV prevention funded organizations in the state, the cuts will come quickly and steeply.
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