Policy & Politics
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Advocates Rally in Miami, Fla., on ADAP
December 23, 2010
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) hosted a town hall meeting and public forum on Dec. 20 in Miami to call attention to the 2,491 HIV/AIDS patients on the waiting list for Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
"This is a national crisis, but Florida has quickly become the state in the most dire need," said AHF President Michael Weinstein. "Presently there are more than 4,500 people in nine states on ADAP waiting lists, over half of whom are in Florida. Florida currently has the largest ADAP waiting list in the country, as well as the highest rate of new HIV infections in the nation."
Weinstein called on Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to respond immediately to the situation. "Though AHF commended Senator Nelson for sending a letter in August asking his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to address the ADAP funding crisis, nearly 1,400 people have been added to Florida's waiting list since then, and still no action has been taken."
At the event, AHF previewed a TV ad, which debuted in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market that same day, entitled "Save My Life." In it, HIV patient Steven Dimmick shared the distress he felt upon learning he had to join ADAP's waiting list. He has been on the list since it began, in June 2010. "Lives like Steven Dimmick's are on the line," Weinstein told the audience of patients, advocates, health care workers, and community leaders. "Senator Nelson must do more to solve this growing, life-threatening public health crisis."
South Florida Gay News (Wilton Manors, Fla.)
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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