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What Does an ADAP Waiting List Really Mean? A Look at the Deepening Crisis From HIV/AIDS Service Organizations' Point of View
By Becky Allen
July 8, 2010

Waiting lists for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) are at an all-time high, having grown steadily all year: They're now at 2,090 people across a total of 11 states. An unknown number of additional people -- perhaps thousands -- have lost their ADAP coverage entirely or seen it reduced due to other cost-cutting moves.

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Healthy People 2020: Interview With Penny Slade-Sawyer
By Miguel Gomez
July 7, 2010

The Healthy People Initiative provides a framework to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and establishes national goals to reduce them. We asked Rear Admiral Penny Slade-Sawyer from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to explain why Healthy People is important to the HIV/AIDS community. She also told us how HHS is reaching out to gather input from the HIV/AIDS community to address health disparities and other issues as they set the goals and objectives for Healthy People 2020.

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Let's Thank Our President -- And Press Him to Fix ADAP
By Paul Kawata
July 7, 2010

I thought a thank you letter would be a way for all of us to be a part of the event If you are willing to sign-on to this letter, please email info@nmac.org by 12 noon (Eastern)/9:00 a.m. (Pacific) on July 13th. The letter will be given to President and key administration officials after the reception. We are giving it afterwards, because we hope they will announce a solution to the ADAP crisis at the event. If this happens, the letter will be modified.

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Action Across the Sectors: Highlights from National HIV Testing Day 2010
By Deb LeBel
July 6, 2010

Each year I am honored to see all the ways individuals and groups take action for National HIV Testing Day (June 27) -- from conversations with loved ones, to getting tested, to attending or organizing local HIV testing events, to hosting press conferences, to convening online events. This year, I was particularly excited to see so much involvement from so many diverse stakeholders -- government (Federal, state, and local), community, private sector, and individuals. We were inspired by CDC's Dr. Kevin Fenton's remarks during our National HIV Testing Day webinar for Federal employees and grantees on the current and future state of HIV testing.

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Looking Ahead: NIAID's Future HIV/AIDS Therapeutics Priorities
By Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D.
June 30, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog. Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D., is Director of NIAID's Division of AIDS.

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Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Conference Call: Updates on ADAP from HRSA/HAB
By Miguel Gomez
June 30, 2010

On Tuesday, June 29, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) held a conference call for PACHA members and the public. During the call, Dr. Deborah Parham-Hopson, Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS, Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS, provided an update on the waiting lists for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a government program providing medications for people with HIV.

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HIV Prevention Justice Alliance LiveBlogs PACHA, Persists When Fed Call Goes Awry

June 30, 2010

Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday for the first HIV PJA LiveBlog.

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National HIV Testing Day Twitter Town Hall Recap
By Susan J. Robinson, M.S.
June 29, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog. Susan J. Robinson, M.S., is Associate Director for Communication Science, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

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Building Local Networks That Can Respond to National, State and Local Challenges
By Paul A. Kawata
June 29, 2010

I am freaked by the 1840 folks on ADAP waiting lists (as of June 24th)*. I just never thought this would happen in America. I can't imagine the fear and anger you must feel when you have to piece together your medications through various patient assistance programs. Thanks to everyone who keeps this dysfunctional system working, you are my heroes. This is just one of many issues impacting our work.

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Gender Auditing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

June 29, 2010

Positive Women's NetworkAny minute now, President Barack Obama will release the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). This is an historic moment, as the White House takes unprecedented leadership in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic.

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