Tennessee Says it's Cutting Federal HIV Funding
Last week, the Tennessee Department of Health announced it would no longer accept grant money from the CDC earmarked for testing, prevention and treatment of HIV. Experts worry the state has set itself up for a major outbreak. The Department of Health told certain nonprofit organizations that provide these services that the state would turn down the federal funding as of June, relying only on state funds afterward. "It is in the best interest of Tennesseans for the State to assume direct financial and managerial response for these services," the email read. An estimated 20,000 people in Tennessee are living with HIV, though not all would be affected by the cuts. Read more from NBC here.