Statement on NYC’s Planned Cuts in HIV Funding

NYC’s plan to cut HIV funding will “prolong the HIV crisis, harm patients, and make New York sicker”

$5.3 million in cuts announced by the NYC Department of Health this week will eliminate life-saving HIV service and prevention programs

NEW YORK (May 15, 2023)—In response to news that the NYC Department of Health plans to cut $5.3 million from HIV programs, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center issued the following statement:

“Cutting HIV funding will prolong the HIV crisis, harm patients, and make New York sicker. We are calling for these cuts to be reversed immediately—this is a matter of life and death,” said Callen-Lorde CEO Patrick McGovern.These funds help our patients keep their viral loads undetectable and give them a sense of hope, stability, and a pathway to healthier and longer lives, while preventing further spread of the virus. These programs also give our medical staff more tools and options to engage and support their patients.

“Here’s what we know: The reduction in new HIV infections has plateaued in our city. That is alarming, and it means we need to double down on investments in ending the epidemic. We all have a shared goal for a healthier city, and that’s why we’re calling on the city to reinstate this vital funding—it’s a matter of life and death.”

Callen-Lorde has been notified that effective July 1, 2024, it will be subjected to the following cuts:

  • A contract focused on viral load suppression for people living with HIV/AIDS will be eliminated entirely.
  • A contract that provides case management and other services for patients who are currently using crystal meth will be cut by $40,000.

Callen-Lorde is the global leader in LGBTQ+ health care. Since the days of Stonewall, we have been transforming lives in LGBTQ+ communities through excellent comprehensive care, provided free of judgment and regardless of ability to pay. In addition, we continuously pioneer research, advocacy and education to drive positive change for LGBTQ+ people, because we believe healthcare is a human right. To learn more about Callen-Lorde, please visit