New York City’s health department has cut $19 million from its HIV prevention budget during the past five years and is planning to cut more—despite rising HIV rates among local gay and bisexual young men, Gay City News reports. In addition, Public Health Solutions (PHS), the nonprofit organization administering the city’s HIV prevention programs, attempted to halve the budgets of nine HIV/AIDS groups in December 2011—including groups such as Iris House and Bronx AIDS Task Force, which focus on at-risk groups with rising HIV rates—but PHS reversed course after pressure from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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