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Budget cuts hit AIDs prevention groups

Jalisco civil organizations diagnosed over 5,000 HIV cases in the 2018 fiscal year thanks to sufficient federal support.

This year’s forecast appears much bleaker, though, with funds currently unavailable.

Five Guadalajara organizations trying to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS will be affected.

In Jalisco, resources come from the National Center for the Prevention and Control of HIV and AIDS (Censida). Codise is one of these organizations facing uncertainty. With its rapid detection tests available in various parts of Guadalajara, it spotted 500 cases with a one-million peso budget from Censida in 2018.

Another is Checcos, which received 1.2 million pesos in funding last year for its programs, identifying 120 patients in 2018 and 70 this year with help from groups in Mexico City. 

Earlier this month, these groups among others met with the secretary from the Jalisco State Council for AIDS Prevention (Coesida) where they lamented the lack of support for early-stage detection, saying they fear new outbreaks. 

One representative from Checcos believes that Coesida ought to reconsider the manner in which it operates and educates the public. 

“Coesida should really work as a program,” said Victor Dante Galicia. “There is no program designed to bring services to the population.”

Last month, Coesida published data regarding the 6,488 patients treated throughout Jalisco. According to them, 97 percent are between 20 and 44 years old.

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