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L.A. Increases HIV Program Funding by 24%

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Thanks to the state, which eliminated 100%--about $82 million--of funds for AIDS programs last summer, addressing HIV prevention, testing, counseling and education has become a tougher battle to fight at the local level.

For example, L.A. County lost $11 million, almost half of its funding. Those funds served over 65,000 people in Los Angeles County with over 55 percent of them residing in the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles on the other hand has not depended on state funding for its AIDS Coordinator Office, which plays more of a watch dog role, looking for gaps in funding and emphasizing regular testing for everyone. "We look for innovative new programs and for ways to leverage partnerships," explained Stephen Simon, the director of the office.