Michael Emanuel Rajner

South Carolina poised to issue AIDS death warrant

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | May 24, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts
Tags: ADAP, HIV/AIDS, South Carolina Legislature

This week in South Carolina, state lawmakers are about to sign on to what essentially can be called a death warrant for people living with HIV/AIDS in South Carolina. Tomorrow the legislature will hold a hearing to terminate the state's financial contribution to HIV/AIDS programs. This means in South Carolina, HIV-prevention, testing and treatment will stop as new HIV-infection cases are expected to continue to climb.

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What we are seeing before our own eyes is a return to AIDS in the 80's as South Carolina launches a genocide against it's mostly African American, vulernable residents at high risk of HIV-infection. One person was recently confirmed dead while on a waitlist for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. In 2006, three deaths were recorded for a similar waitlist.

If you are free on Tuesday, AIDS activits in South Carolina need your help to raise hell!

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South Carolina:
Where politican's adultery is fine but having HIV deserves the death sentence

The State with it's own T4 programme.

Congrats, SC,
Mass murder one patient at a time....


Thank you for your vigilance. Please keep after the legislatures in South Carolina, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming to end their ADAP waiting lists where 1,143 individuals are waiting for ARV drugs. Additionally, there are ten more states where the formularies or the financial eligibility have been reduced and other states including Florida are considering waiting lists, capped enrollment, lower financial eligibility requirements and/or reduced formularies.

Sure states need to cut budgets and expenditures, but ADAP isn't the place to start.

In Montana, those on the ADAP waiting list ARE receiving medication due to the vigilance and hard work of Judy Nielsen in the HIV/STD division of the MT DPHHS in procuring grants and donations.
We are probably going to eliminate the waiting list this year, but because of the rise in infections, it will probably begin again right away...
South Carolina's actions/intentions however, smack of blatant discrimination and elitism. Surprise...

More than half of the current waiting list individuals are in North Carolina and they have reduced the formulary too.

Ironically enough, North Carolina is voting today to increase the state's contribution to the ADAP program. The effort has the support of both the Governor and their Senate.

Montana currently has 18 individual on their waiting list. Even one person on a waiting list is one too many.

But my point is, despite the ignorance and inaction of legislatures and governments, these people ARE being served (albeit outside of the official rolls) because of the dedication of certain public servants and private organizations. All persons on the waiting list in Montana are receiving medication and assistance for treatment. The persons on the waiting list aren't necessarily going without meds- that notion is misleading.

Being given support and meeting the actual need isn't quited the same thing. For many of those clients, I'm certain case managers at those organizations are jumping through hoops to help clients access patient assistance programs which is a complicated process and you are not gauranteed to be able to access your medications.

When you factor in reduction in ADAP formularies, any other medications needed for HIV-related conditions such as heart disease and other issues a client will still struggle to find access to those medications.

Unfortunately people have been dying on ADAP waiting lists for years. In 2003, four South Carolinians died while on the SC ADAP waiting list, as well as five in Kentucky, and three in West Virginia.

What IS new is states beginning to abandon all pretense that they give a damn about PWAs.

These casualties, in turn, are part of a larger trend -- Americans who are left to die without any treatment because they have no health insurance. It used to be around 19,000 deaths a year, nationally -- now the estimates are as high as 30,000 a year or more. Most elected officials seem not to be embarassed by these deaths, especially the ones who are holding back healthcare reform.

Considering how much money our government wastes on useless projects (like the wars) it's astonishing more people can't get mad about things like this.

HIV-prevention in South Carolina doing good...they are taking care about this ....