The governor wants to cut $4 million for HIV services in Illinois, but an AIDS group says such a cut would cost the state more in the long run. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago estimates $4 million, a 14 percent cut, will eventually cost Illinois $6.9 million. Foundation member Pete Subkoviak says most the people who have HIV are low-income and use public health care, which means some people may wait until their problems are serious enough for the emergency room.
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“So when you think about HIV prevention programs you are preventing future infections,” Subkoviak says. He says more infants will be born with HIV as well if the state cuts funding. I think it’s unfair to be born with such a tough disease,” Subkoviak says. “…just managing your health and the social … implications of having HIV in this society.”