Zanesville, Ohio, HIV prevention organization to close
After losing $49,000 in funding, officials with the HIV Prevention Clinic at the Muskingum County Health Department in Zanesville, Ohio, announced this week that the clinic will close its doors, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The clinic, which provided sexually transmitted disease prevention education and free HIV antibody testing to about 400 clients annually, had been in operation for 15 years. The funding was cut when county health officials opted to support only nine of 15 regional HIV testing and prevention agencies. Officials with the Newark Health Department, located about 25 miles northwest of Zanesville, are considering providing STD and HIV testing and education services twice a month in Zanesville to replace the services lost due to the clinic's closing.