As temperatures reach 100 degrees for the past 2 days in Washington, DC, AIDS activists and advocates are vocalizing their frustration at the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Crisis Summit in Washington, DC. They are frustrated with the silence and inaction for our nation to address the record number of over 2,000 names of people living with HIV/AIDS who are being added to wait lists for lifesaving medications and wondering when President Obama and Congress will end their silence and take action to address just another crisis of AIDS in America.
Summit participants agreed to develop and engage in a series of ongoing actions over the next few months to ensure all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to medications. Below is just one action summit participants will be engaging in this afternoon and ask the grassroots community to join them.
Everyone is being asked to call the White House everyday between today and next Tuesday when President Obama is expected to announce the release of the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
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 cut services by reducing eligibility criteria, changing formularies, and closing enrollment. As of July 1, over 2,090 individuals in 12 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. Next Tuesday at a White House reception for the HIV/AIDS community, President Obama is expected to announce the release of the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy; we need to remind the Administration that we need an immediate plan of action for people fighting for their lives who do not have access to HIV-medications. 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:
Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and leave the following message:
My name is _________ and I am calling today because President Obama must address the fast growing crisis in AIDS Drug Assistance Programs and act on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resolution recommending $126 million in emergency funding for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs to eliminate wait lists.