Deleware HIV clinic closes

    The stumbling economy has hit many vulnerable groups across the country. Now people who have AIDS or are HIV-positive in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware can add their names to that list.

    The stumbling economy has hit many vulnerable groups across the country. Now people who have AIDS or are HIV-positive in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware can add their names to that list.

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    HIV prevention program manager Wade Jones says in the last year private donations to SCAC have been cut almost in half. He says that drop, along with losing some government money made it too difficult for the organization to continue its prevention, education, and outreach work.

    Jones: You’re talking about a recession for lack of a better word and I think that it has been felt everywhere and I think SCAC has just felt it because there are people that can’t afford to give as much as they gave in the past, or can’t afford to give at all.

    Jones says the grassroots organization is the last of a dying breed. He says a growing number of services for HIV and AIDS patients are being provided by larger institutions and organizations. Jones says services will still be available from places like AIDS Delaware, the state’s largest AIDS Service Organization.

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