Federal funding for HIV prevention is only 3% of the 2014 federal HIV budget. While federal funding for HIV programs has increased over the last decade, funding for domestic HIV prevention has not increased significantly, and has steadily declined in Washington, DC. Testing and treatment have been prioritized over prevention.
START at Westminster is a DC government-funded HIV counseling, testing, and linkage to care (CTLC) site, and is a supporter of innovative universal testing initiatives sweeping the nation. Still, START at Westminster firmly believes that harm-reduction based, traditional HIV prevention is the most cost-efficient, effective and morally responsible way to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS and reduce Hepatitis A, B, and C infection. START actively arms the vulnerable with proven tools and life-saving strategies to prevent HIV and Hepatitis -- from needle exchange and safer drug usage to safer sex negotiation skills and broad-based condom availability where people live and socialize.
In the current harsh economic climate, the START at Westminster program survives on a combination of government, private and volunteer support. With a small but committed staff and volunteers, START is effectively engaged in the battle against HIV/AIDS in the District’s most hard-hit wards. START uses innovative, science-based programs to partner with individuals, neighborhoods and communities needing critical disease prevention tools, resources, support and linkages to care.
Our work requires committed supporters to continue to expand our services. To become a START at Westminster partner and join us in our efforts to fight HIV, please donate your time and/or financial resources to START at Westminster by contacting us; call 202-484-8544 or e-mail email@example.com.
START at Westminster
400 I Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
P 202.863.8450 | F 202.484.8544 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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