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Jul 4, 2005

My son was diagnosed with full blown AIDS last October. He was in the hospital twice since then. He is currently on Sustiva/Truvada combination therapy and is doing very well, but recently moved to California from Illinois to be closer to be closer to his family. Currently we don't know how to pay for his medications, beign that they are so expensive. Can you help??

Response from Dr. Sherer

Yes, and so can his physician. Like all states, Illinois participates in the AIDS Drug Access Program (ADAP), through which the Ryan White CARE Act and the state pay for antiretroviral therapy (ART) and most medications to prevent opportunistic infections. In addition, there are some public clinics (such as Title III Clinics supported by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration) and public hospitals (eg The CORE Center of Stroger Hospital in Chicago (formerly Cook County Hospital) that provide ART for patients without insurance until they receive private insurance, medicaid, or until they are enrolled in ADAP.

Most HIV doctors and clinicians are familiar with the simple measures that are required to enroll a patient in ADAP. Moreover, there are HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations that can be helpful as well, a few of which are noted below. The best answer likely will depend on where in Illinois he is living.

My advice is to use the listings below to find an experienced HIV doctor or clinician in Illinois near his current residence, after which the other steps will become clear.

State of Illinois HIV Hotline: 1-800-AID-AIDS Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program: 1-800-225-3518

Test Positive Aware Network (Chicago): 1-773-989-9400, www.tpan.com AIDS Foundation of Chicago (Chicago): 1-312-922-2322, www.aidschicago.org The CORE Center (Chicago): 1-312-572-4500


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