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From Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

According to the Congressional Budget Office, reductions in discretionary appropriations for non-defense programs — including HIV/AIDS programs — would range from from 7.8 percent in 2013 to 5.5 percent in 2021, resulting in savings of $294 billion.

Carl Schmid, deputy executive director for the AIDS Institute, said the mandatory cuts that will occur in 2013 "will certainly impact funding levels" for discretionary HIV/AIDS programs such as the Ryan White Care Act, AIDS Drug Assistance Programs and research spending.

"We're going to try to work to make sure that doesn't happen, but if it does happen, there'll be less money for prevention, less money for drugs to keep people healthy, less for care and treatment and less money for research," Schmid said.

Schmid added the potential cuts are of particular concern because the number of people living with HIV/AIDS continues to grow.
According to a CDC report published in August, HIV in the United States continues to disproportionately impact young gay and bisexual men, although as a whole, infection rates have been relatively stable in recent years. New infections among among young men who have sex with men increased 34 percent between 2006 and 2009, while infections among young, black men who have sex with men increased 48 percent from 4,400 in 2006 to 6,500 in 2009.

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