AIDS Prevention Concerns

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Colorado AIDS experts are warning that a government shift to focus on victims of the disease will hurt prevention and outreach efforts across Colorado.

They say the reason is that the government isn't giving local health agencies more money for the new task.

That means programs geared toward winning the trust of young people at risk of AIDS will suffer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked centers that get federal funds to focus more on people who already have HIV or AIDS. The goal is to teach those with the disease about the risks of transmission.

In Colorado, 311 people contracted AIDS in 2002, up from 287 in 2001.

The H-I-V infection rate among young people also rose nationally last year for the first time since 1994.