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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2011 in the US

December 1, 2011


The ADAP Funding Game

The ADAP Funding Game

The past two years have seen an aggressive push within the U.S. to increase HIV testing. Increased testing usually translates into more diagnoses, but who will help pay for the expensive medications that newly diagnosed people need to take?

A rise in diagnoses has coupled with the economic downturn to force major cuts to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a network of state-run programs that help low-income people living with HIV. About 175,000 Americans rely on ADAP for their meds. But this year, ADAP waiting lists climbed as high as 9,217 -- an all-time record -- and many ADAPs have instituted, or are considering, additional measures that reduce coverage.

In response, advocates have launched a wave of ADAP-related policy and social media activism. The message: Increase ADAP funding now!

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News and NBC, and has reported for Ebony, The Advocate, Colorlines, the Black AIDS Institute and others. Rod blogs on politics, pop culture and black gay news at

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