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Support Life-Saving Drugs for All HIV-Positive Americans

September 26, 1997

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

For the first time since the epidemic began, exciting new drug therapies that can prevent the onset of full-blown AIDS have instilled hope in the one million Americans who are HIV-positive. But due to Washington gridlock, hope is not translating to reality for thousands of the most vulnerable HIV-positive men and women.

Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, does not provide access to the drugs that prevent full-blown AIDS until one develops full-blown AIDS. If the automobile industry followed Washington's health care model, they'd only be installing air bags in cars that have already crashed.

Let Washington policy-makers know that you support AIDS Action's proposal to ensure access to life-saving drugs for everyone. Please e-mail your name and address to AIDS Action at medicaid@aidsaction.org to register your endorsement. For further information, read a copy of the white paper, "Expanding Eligibility for Medicaid to Persons with HIV Disease", which is posted at http://www.aidsaction.org/medicaid.htm.


For further information, contact:

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AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-1300
fax (202) 986-1345
E-Mail: aidsaction@aidsaction.org

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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