On June 24, 2010, the number of individuals in the United States on a wait list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) reached an all time high of 1,840 people living with HIV/AIDS. According to the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), ADAPs experienced a 14 percent increase in client utilization between June 2008 and June 2009. Individuals losing their jobs and insurance, as well as increased HIV testing efforts, are contributing to the number of individuals relying of safety net services such as ADAP.
On June 17, 2010, NBC-6 News coverage of a forum hosted by the health department to inform the community of the ADAP crisis.
For the past several months, advocates have been calling on President Obama and the US Congress to take action and fund ADAPs with an additional $126 million. As ADAP wait lists continue to grow at a startling rate, it is time we begin to heighten our outcry and make our demand heard.
On June 28, 2010, everyone is asked to call the White House and demand that President Obama and the US Congress respond to the ADAP crisis. If you can't call on Monday, call on Tuesday and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to call as well. Continue reading to take part in the call-in action!
National Call-in Day Monday, June 28th Demand that President Obama and Congress Address the ADAP Crisis
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs are critical in providing medications to people living with HIV/AIDS who have no other access. Unfortunately, many state ADAPs have been forced to put cut services by reducing eligibility criteria, changing formularies, and closing enrollment.
Over 1,596 individuals in ten states are on waiting lists to receive their life-saving and life-sustaining medications through this program. Without immediate additional funding the situation is going to get much worse. With National HIV Testing Day just behind us, we need to remind the Administration that getting people tested is not enough. Treatment must also be available. We need your help to ensure that the Obama Administration takes action to help those in need!
We know you've called and emailed, but we need your help AGAIN!
How you can help:
Please call President Obama on Monday, June 28th. Please see contact information below.
Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and leave the following message:
My name is ____________, I am calling today because President Obama must address the current crisis in AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. This past weekend was National HIV Testing Day. We know that ADAP waiting lists and other access restrictions can keep people from being tested. For many people living with HIV/AIDS these programs are the only consistent access they have to life-saving medications. However, over 1,596 HIV-positive individuals are on waiting lists to access the programs. Relief must be provided so that ADAP clients can receive their medications and additional states don't find themselves in a similar situation.