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Little-Known Program Tries to "Bridge the Gap" for People on ADAP Waiting Lists

January 21, 2010

Nine U.S. states now have waiting lists for their AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), state-funded programs that help low-income HIVers pay for the medications they need. As a growing number of people are forced to wait for ADAP access, many of them need to seek out other programs that can help cover medication costs in the meantime. Bridge the Gap is one such program.

"There's a problem here. There's a need, and the demand is not being met by the federal dollars that are allocated," says Gregory Edwards, Ed.D. He's the executive director of the Flowers Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit group that runs Bridge the Gap. Bridge the Gap is designed to raise funds and distribute them to people on ADAP wait lists for them to use for buying HIV-related medications.

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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 on ADAP Restrictions and Waiting Lists

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