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HIV/AIDS News Digest: April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:


Bureau of HIV/AIDS Chief Confirms Possible ADAP Eligibility Reduction (From The Florida Independent)

In response to Florida's serious budget crisis and its AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting list, the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of HIV/AIDS has proposed reducing eligibility for people living with HIV who access their meds through the state's ADAP. Currently, 3,905 people are on Florida's ADAP waiting list -- the nation's longest ADAP list.

In the upcoming weeks, Tom Liberti, chief of the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of HIV/AIDS, said he will hold public hearings about reducing the percentage of the federal poverty level that patients must fall below in order to qualify for ADAP, making it harder for people to qualify so that those with the most need would receive the life-saving meds. He is proposing that people living with HIV have an income that is 200 percent or less of the federal poverty level in order to access ADAP, as opposed to 400 percent or less.

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Comment by: Dr Elizabeth M. (Harare Zimbabwe) Fri., Apr. 15, 2011 at 11:57 am EDT
So far, messages to the youth have been on the use of condoms as a major tool to prevent STIs and AIDS. The increase in the cases of STIs obviously means a change in strategy is needed. We need to go back to old fashioned strategy of no sex before marriage and once married no extramarital liaisons. If we can say to children no alcohol, cigarettes etc below 18 years we can equally advise against early sex. The earlier a youth gets involved with sex, the more likely he or she will have multiple partners and the complications which follow are inevitable. We need to be careful on how we promote sexual health the needs of the youth should looked at holistically and not to assume that the youth must have sex and that we can only make it safer . Obviously this strategy is not working.
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Comment by: Gary H. (Jacksonville, FL) Thu., Apr. 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm EDT
Yes as rates of infection go up so does the waiting list. I will be going to the workshops and hearings on April 25, 2011 in our state capitol for this issue and changes to the HOPWA and AICP Programs that not only affect myself but so many others. Why isn't the community here in North Florida as outraged as the larger communities in the state and US. Soon we will have NOTHING!
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