Large cuts to cash the government gives to groups battling HIV and Aids in Hong Kong have pulled the plug on testing and awareness-raising services for high-risk groups, despite a predicted surge in local infections.
Several local HIV and Aids groups have said the Department of Health cut their funding or cut their funding period from three years to one year, for prevention projects targeting both heterosexual and homosexual men. The cuts have hit as the number of Hongkongers living with HIV is expected to surge by 35 percent in the coming four years, according to the government’s Advisory Council on Aids. According to the Department of Health, there were just under 9,000 people infected in the city by September this year.
December 3 / South China Morning Post