A Utah health official has told the National Commission on AIDS that an $875 million anti-AIDS bill passed by Congress in August contains inflexible provisions that might hamper Utah's ability to fight the disease.
Dr. Suzanne Dandoy, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, said the epidemic varies from state to state, and strict requirements enacted nationally may be difficult for all states to meet."An example is the requirement that 15 percent of funds provided under the CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) legislation be used for services to women and children.
"In Utah, we have almost no cases of AIDS in these groups. Our problem remains one of homosexual transmission, not intravenous drug use," she said.
"We worry that this requirement will prevent our obtaining and using funds under the CARE legislation. In addition to more resources, states need some flexibility in designing their comprehensive response to AIDS to meet local situations," she said.