May 25, 2010
ADAPs around the country are in crisis.
Over 1,000 individuals are already on waiting lists across the country and that number is growing daily. Illinois' ADAP Medical Issues Advisory Board just voted to immediately close the AIDS Drugs Assistance Program and begin a waiting list.
HIV meds are not optional for people who need and want HIV treatment.
People with HIV must have access to life-saving HIV medications! We need your help to ensure that the Obama Administration and Congress take action to help people in need!
What you can do: Make four phone calls on Wed, May 26th: Call President Obama, your two Senators and your Representative.
"My name is ____________ and I am calling to ask that President Obama take immediate action to address the current crisis in AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. These programs provide life-saving medications to HIV-positive individuals who have no other access to care. However, over 1,000 HIV-positive individuals nationally are on waiting lists to receive their medications. We need action NOW to ensure that ADAP clients can receive their medications and the situation does not get any worse."
If you don't know your Members of Congress: click www.contactingthecongress.org and enter your state and zip code. You will receive a list of your two Senators and your Representative along with office phone numbers.
If you know your Members of Congress: Dial the Congressional switchboard at 202.224.3121.
When you've reached the offices leave the following message:
"My name is _____________ and I am calling to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to take immediate action to address the current crisis among AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. These programs provide life-saving medications to HIV-positive individuals who have no other access to care. However, over 1,000 HIV-positive individuals are on waiting lists in ten states to receive their medications, and the situation is going to get much worse if there are no additional immediate resources. Many other states have reduced eligibility or removed drugs from their formularies. Please support all efforts to increase resources to ADAP in order to help people living with HIV/AIDS."
In sisterhood and solidarity,
The U.S. Positive Women's Network