August 7, 2013 | by Staff reports
Australia gov’t pulls plug on AIDS program
Australia, South Australia, HIV, AIDS,

The AIDS Council of South Australia closes down after being denied funding from State Government despite attempts to relieve the organizations debt. (Image by MJC via Wikimedia)

LONDON — The AIDS Council of South Australia was told last week that the government had rejected a funding proposal that may have returned the struggling organization to financial solvency, Gay Star News, a British gay news agency, reported.

An announcement on the group’s website last week said that it was ceasing operations. The Council seemed to be making progress after a new board and CEO were appointed in February, the article said.

The board said in a statement that it disagreed with the decision.

“ACSA’s board firmly believes that its closure is not only unnecessary in financial terms — each HIV transmission prevented saves the community thousands of dollars in health care costs — but also endangers other vital (LGBT) programs with South Australia,” the statement said, according to the Gay Star News.

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