Advocates, entertainers and local leaders gathered Saturday to call for more funding and awareness in the battle against AIDS in New York at a "Keep the Promise on HIV/AIDS" march and rally in Brooklyn.
They protested recent funding cuts to New York public health services, which they say will result in 68,000 fewer HIV tests.
They said AIDS is still a problem in the city and requires all possible funding.
"I think anybody that is for human rights must stand today with those that demand more resources and keep the commitment of HIV/AIDS research," said the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"It's still a very important issue because the crisis of HIV and AIDS is not over in this country and definitely not in this city," said Terri Smith-Caronia, vice president of New York Advocacy, Housing Works.
The event was the third in a series calling on elected officials to do more to fight AIDS.
Another "Keep the Promise" rally is scheduled in Ohio for later this year.