AHF Blasts CA Senate for Denying Increased Funding Request

Leaders of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) are blasting the California Senate for refusing a funding increase for STD control.

On the heels of Monday's health department report showing record rates of STD's in the state, senators rejected a request for an additional $10 million dollars for the STD Control Budget.   

Michael Weinstein, President of the AHF, says its not the first time such a request has been denied -- calling it reckless to continue to ignore a problem of this magnitude.

“We’re at a peak, right now, of STD’s,” said Weinstein.  “If we don’t do something about it, it’s going to get completely out of control.”

Weinstein points to a 45 percent increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis over the last five years.

“We have to increase testing, treatment; social media, education… or those numbers are going to continue to skyrocket.” Weinstein continued.

The AHF has singled out Senator Dr. Richard Pan - as chairman of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health - for particularly harsh criticism.  Calls to Senator Pan's media office were not immediately returned.

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