Federal funding cuts force the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to cut $4.3 million from its annual HIV prevention budget, The Boston Globe reports. The reduction accounts for approximately one-quarter of the yearly funding dedicated to programs such as distribution of free condoms and clean needles to injection drug users. Over the past decade, Massachusetts has decreased new HIV cases from about 1,000 a year to below 500. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is redirecting money from states like Massachusetts with low HIV rates to more highly affected regions such as the South.

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