Rally planned at Connecticut Capitol for AIDS Awareness Day

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — AIDS activists and advocates are expected to rally at the Connecticut state Capitol this week.

Tuesday will mark the 15th Annual AIDS Awareness Day in Connecticut. The event is sponsored by AIDS Connecticut and is intended to raise awareness and to urge the General Assembly to maintain state spending for AIDS programs.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget cut about $85,000 from the more than $4 million earmarked for AIDS services, such as prevention efforts and housing. But the General Assembly's budget-writing committee restored the funding. A final budget deal has yet to be reached.

Malloy and other state officials are scheduled to appear at the rally.

According to the Department of Public Health, there are currently 10,637 people living with the condition in Connecticut.

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