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|Georgia to implement AIDS drug waiting list for low-income people with HIV|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Sunday, 27 June 2010 18:42|
UPDATE: Georgians urged to join National Call In Day to "Demand that President Obama address the ADAP Crisis."
Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham said Saturday that Georgia will become the 11th state in the nation to have a waiting list for its AIDS Drug Assistance Program beginning July 1.
On Monday, Graham sent a message to Georgia Equality's Facebook list noting that the problem with funding is coming from the federal level.
"While local advocates have been successful at preventing any cuts to the approximately $13 million the state contributes towards this program, federal funds have failed to cover the increased demand for this program," Graham said. "Details on this waiting list have not yet been released by the Department of Community Health."
There are currently 1,500 people in the country on a waiting list, not including those from Georgia who will be put put on the list beginning Thursday, Graham said.
In Monday's Facebook message, Graham also urged Georgians to join in today's National Call-In Day to tell President Obama to solve the "ADAP Crisis."
Here are the details for "how you can help":
Please call President Obama on Monday, June 28. Please see contact information below.
My name is ___________ and 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 knowledge of 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.
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