Michael Emanuel Rajner

Georgia begins ADAP Wait List on July 1

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | June 30, 2010 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Living
Tags: ADAP, call the White House, Georgia, HIV drugs, HIV treatment, HIV/AIDS

On July 1, 2010, Georgia will now join 11 others states with a Wait List for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.

Georgia State Flag.gifCurrently, there are approximately 2,000 people in the United States waiting for safe access for their lifesaving and sustaining HIV/AIDS-medications. Advocates around the nation are working feverishly to help clients apply for access to medications provided through pharmaceutical sponsored patient assistance programs. Eligibility for these programs vary. In several cases, individuals must earn no more than 200% to 300% of the Federal Poverty Limit (FPL) or $21,672 to $32,508 annually for a family of 1.

At a time when no hope for treatment of access was in sight for people living with HIV/AIDS, we now find ourselves on the downward side of a bellcurve wondering how we can safely afford our lifesaving medications.

Call President Obama at (202) 456-1111, and ask the President to...

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 2,000 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. Please work with Congress to authorize the $126,000,000 to fund AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.

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This should be unthinkable in a country like the US.