AIDS funding for 2000 falls flat, critics charge

President Clinton’s FY2000 budget for federal AIDS programs is nothing to boast about, according to AIDS Action, an HIV/AIDS advocacy group based in Washington, DC.

Funding levels for prevention and care services have only small increases over the FY1999 budget, the group says. (See AIDS Alert, December 1998, p. 135.) For example, prevention funding increases only $9 million to a total of $666 million, in spite of recent studies showing that unsafe sex practices are on the rise. (See story on unsafe sex, p. 43.)

Also, the budget proposes no new funding for AIDS Education and Training Centers, and substance abuse treatment programs have only a 2% proposed increase.