Among the health and social services that hang in balance as California lawmakers try to close the state’s $24 billion budget deficit is funding for HIV/AIDS programs. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed an $80 million cut to the Office of AIDS; the Legislature today (Wednesday) is pushing back with $30 million in cuts. Meanwhile, young people are trying to make sense of what it will mean for them and other youth, a population that accounts for about half of all new HIV infections. Youth Radio’s Arai Buendia spoke with two HIV-positive youth – one 14 years old, the other 24 – and asked them how the cuts will impact their lives.
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