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South Carolina: Death Number Four

AIDS Drug Waiting List Claims Another Life; Budget & Control Board Meets Tuesday -- Call Gov. Mark Sanford Monday!

December 8, 2006

This family traveled from Mississippi to rally with South Carolinians in November.
This family traveled from Mississippi to rally with South Carolinians in November.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed this week that another South Carolinian has died while waiting for AIDS drugs from the state's ADAP program.

That brings the total to four deaths since SC started a waiting list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program last June. At least 324 people are on the waiting list now -- up from 313 two weeks ago.

A press conference has been called for this Sunday at the Governor's Mansion in Columbia, where local people living with HIV/AIDS will demand action from SC Governor Mark Sanford.


Zap of the Week: Call SC Gov. Mark Sanford at 803-734-2100

Governor Mark Sanford needs to hear that the AIDS community is watching and failure to act is a national scandal. Call the Governor at 803-734-2100 and tell him to make a request Tuesday's Budget and Control Board meeting for $3 million in emergency state funding for ADAP.

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Our Lives Are In Their Hands

AIDS activists from South Carolina and around the world have called on state officials to provide $3 million in emergency funding to end the waiting lists. But so far, they haven't acted.

"The Department of Health and Environmental Control has so far refused to put a request in to our Budget and Control Board for emergency AIDS funds," says Karen Bates, Co-Chair of the South Carolina Campaign to End AIDS (SC-C2EA). "They did, however, request a million dollars for a facility to store bird flu vaccine."

"Now, there have been no bird-flu-related deaths in South Carolina, but we do have people dying of AIDS," said Bates. "Our most vulnerable people are dying: poor people, people of color, women and young people. It will take emergency funding to get people off the wait list, out of the hospital and away from the grave. Commissioner Hunter and DHEC can ask for the money. Governor Sanford and the BCB can appropriate it. Our lives are in their hands."

South Carolina's Budget and Control Board can appropriate the funds or reorganize the DHEC budget even without the Department's request or blessing.

Advocates are looking to State Treasurer Grady Patterson to put emergency funding for ADAP on the agenda for the Tuesday meeting of the Budget and Control Board. While working with state and federal legislators to win ADAP funding as part of next year's budgets, they say they need the emergency funds to save lives now.


Kelly's Story

Kelly is one of 324 South Carolinians currently waited listed for life-saving medications. She says when she was put on the list, she thought she had time, but "in that three to four month period, I went from having HIV to AIDS." Right now, Kelly is back in the hospital and is not sure when or how she will reliably access treatment.

Kelly and others cannot afford to wait on legislative calendars. Next Tuesday's 10 AM meeting of the state Budget and Control Board offers a chance for immediate action.

Governor Mark Sanford
Governor Mark Sanford
Either through a request from one of its members or at the request of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the BCB can approve the $3 million necessary to keep new applicants off the waiting list until March 2007, when next year's funding will kick in.


Schedule Of Events

  • Sunday, December 10 1 PM

    Press Conference in front of the Governor's Mansion

  • Tuesday, December 12 9 AM

    Demonstration in front of the Governor's office

  • Tuesday Dec. 12 10 AM

    Budget & Control Board meeting

    Conference Room, First Floor, Wade Hampton Building

    1200 Senate Street, State House Grounds, Columbia, SC


On Monday, December 11, Call the Governor!

Governor Mark Sanford needs to hear that the AIDS community is watching and failure to act is a national scandal. Call the Governor at 803-734-2100 and tell him to make a request Tuesday's Budget and Control Board meeting for $3 million in emergency state funding for ADAP.





  
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