December #97 : Dying for ADAP - by Tom Acitelli

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December 2003

Dying for ADAP

by Tom Acitelli

Since spring 2002, seven people have died of AIDS while on waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP). The names of the PWAs—five in Kentucky and two in West Virginia—remain confidential to protect families’ privacy. A caseworker who assisted several said she had helped them get meds from Pharma programs and nonprofits—but options were too slim. To join the Save ADAP Committee, click on www.atac-usa.org/adap.html or call Project Inform’s Ryan Clary at 415.558.8669, ext. 224.

HIVers on ADAP: 90,000
2004 federal-funding shortfall: $215 million
States with ADAP waiting lists and/or restrictions: 15
Average number of HIVers waiting: 81




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