World AIDS Day occurs on Dec. 1. It’s a time to celebrate the lives of the estimated 29,500 North Carolinians who live with the disease each day. It’s also a day to reflect on how much more we have to do in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
North Carolina Democrats are committed to making each day count by passing a state budget this year that provides:
- More than $235,000 to expand public health lab testing, including HIV testing for pregnant women.
- $2 million for local health departments, historically black colleges and universities, and other community organizations for HIV counseling, testing, and early medical interventions.
- The $2 million also includes money for three community-based programs that handle case management, outreach, transportation, referrals for housing and medical care, and other services.
- $500,000 for funding to support peer-to-peer counseling efforts