Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (07.18.2013)
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved backfilling $3 million in HIV funding for budget years 2013–2015. Mayor Ed Lee had already appropriated $4 million to fill in a funding gap for the current fiscal year, and $8 million in HIV/AIDS funding for 2014–2015. The whole two-year spending plan totaled almost $16 billion. The board needed the money to backfill federal cuts stemming from reductions in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act and CDC funding, and cuts related to the federal sequestration. After the board committee approved the backfill, Supervisor Scott Wiener wrote in a recent e-mail, "I'm thrilled that we were able to get this done for the community and to avoid devastating cuts to our innovative and effective HIV care and prevention programs." For the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, cuts would have forced them to reduce their substance use and mental health counseling services, assistance for clients to access HIV care, and prevention programs for Latinos at risk for HIV. The foundation estimated that approximately 16,000 HIV/AIDS-infected people live in the city.