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Press Release

Funding for AIDS Drugs Not Included in Senate Spending Bill

Will Force States to Disenroll Current ADAP Clients

March 20, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- In an unprecedented action by the federal government, the spending bill about to be passed by the United States Senate does not include funding needed to continue lifesaving medications to nearly 8,000 low-income people with HIV. As part of the bill that will fund the federal government through the end of September, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have failed to continue $35 million for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The spending bill also failed to continue $10 million for clinical medical care provided through Part C of the Ryan White Program.

"While we have faced severe waiting lists for people wanting to take medications in the past," said Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute, "failure to provide funding for existing patients is a dangerous unprecedented action by the U.S government." Once a patient begins antiretroviral treatment, the drugs must be taken every day without interruption or the person can quickly become ill. Resistance to medications can occur, even with a single missed dose, leading to serious health complications and higher health costs.

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See Also
2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (PDF)
ADAP Waiting List Update: 35 People in 1 State as of July 23
More News on ADAP Funding and Activism

Reader Comments:

Comment by: Andy Fri., Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm EDT
Ok...so the US government just moved ahead with a plan to kill a few thousand people with AIDS because the republicans are playing a game of economic chicken. Would anyone care to suggest what we should do about this?
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