Help Fight Disparity in Local Prevention Funding
For years AIDS Resource Center Ohio has been expressing concern to public health officials that HIV prevention funding for gay/bisexual men is inadequate. Why - Gay and bisexual men still account for the majority of new HIV infections. - Gay/bisexual men account for more undiagnosed HIV infections than any other transmission category. - As many as 80 percent of gay/bisexual men are not being reached with the most effective prevention activities. And yet, locally and statewide, only small portions of available health department HIV prevention funds are directed to reach this population. In Montgomery County, for example, that figure is only 21 percent—the smallest amount of any prevention grant. State and local planning bodies are NOW in their priority-setting processes. These priorities will determine HIV prevention funding in the next grant cycle, deciding who will and who will not be reached with HIV outreach. AIDS Resource Center Ohio is asking you to sign our Call to Action, directing local and state health departments to address this disparity and hold them accountable for their decisions. The requests in our Call to Action are simple: - Ensure that HIV prevention priorities, programs and funding reflect the proportions of populations most impacted by HIV, especially gay and bisexual men. - Ensure that all HIV prevention activities include an accurate understanding of—and will not discriminate against—the LGBTQ community. - Fund only evidence-based HIV prevention strategies. Please add your name to more than 500 who’ve already signed on.