The BC Liberal Government is about to sell off HIV/AIDS services in October.
Currently services are provided by HIV/AIDS organizations that have operated for the last 10 to 20 years. In October on Vancouver Island where three agencies receive funding, they will be looking at bidding against other organizations to provide services on the Island.
An early casualty is the Mobile needle exchange in Victoria. The health Board has stated they will not fund the project after March 31, 2005.
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HIV/AIDS funding in BC has not increased since 1992. Agencies performing work in the community have been faced with growing costs with the same baseline funding.
See the following News report and background material.
Needle exchange teeters on the brink
Local AIDS groups struggle with provincial demands and paltry budgets
Our hands are tied
Vancouver Island Health Authority announces it will no longer fund needle exchange