ADAP activists needed in all U.S. states and territories.
If action is not taken now, the crisis could spread to all states, and next year thousands of Americans could be denied HIV treatment they need.
Many people want to work on ADAP but haven't known where to start.
How to Help
What ADAP needs most is activists willing to learn about the issues and get involved in working with others, either nationally or in their state or area. It also needs a larger group of people who can respond to critical action alerts, even if they cannot commit the time to follow the issue in detail.
Those who cannot get heavily involved but want to help occasionally could join only the Treatment Action Network (TAN) of Project Inform. They will receive occasional action alerts on Federal issues where their support is particularly important. For more information about TAN, click the "Treatment Action Network" link on Project Inform's fact sheet (below), or go directly to https://secure.fauldhouse.com/projinf/tanlist2/tanlist.php4
For the latest in-depth information, the most important source is the Saveadap list. You can join at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/saveadap/ This email list, run by the Save ADAP Committee (which now is part of the AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition), is used by activists nationwide to share information. Currently it averages about 100 messages per month (three to four emails per day).
For ADAP background, see:
* Project Inform's fact sheet, "The AIDS Drug Assistance Program Crisis," http://www.projectinform.org/org/ADAP.html (single page, for general information);
* The AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition's ADAP site, http://www.atac-usa.org/adap.html (for information about the most important projects now going on, including ADAP funding information for each state);
* AIDS Treatment and Data Network's Access Project, http://www.atdn.org/access/ (click on your state for eligibility, contact, and other basic information about its ADAP program).
Also, authoritative but sometimes technical ADAP information can be found at Title II Community AIDS National Network (TIICANN), http://www.tiicann.org/ For example, http://www.tiicann.org/eligibility.php tells how state officials or activists could help their state stretch ADAP to cover more people by making sure that other programs are used to pay bills when possible--or help their state fully use existing Federal laws to prevent persons who go back to work from losing access to medical care if they are declared no longer disabled.
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|Author:||James, John S.|
|Publication:||AIDS Treatment News|
|Date:||Aug 27, 2004|
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