July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011
Hello Mr. President, Are You There?

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is starting to be another busy one for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

So what can we really do about HIV and AIDS in our country? What can we do to help those who have been affected?

Thirty years ago, the first report on HIV was written. Recently the National Institutes of Health announced that it was granting an additional $70 million toward research into an AIDS cure over the next five years - a 75 percent increase over previously planned spending.—it is all about the cure

It seems as though, in the excitement of this progress, many have forgotten that we are simply closer to a cure – but not quite there – and in the meanwhile it is imperative that we continue being proactive for those living with HIV. We need to continue aggressively rolling out better treatments universally, preventing further spread of the virus, and focusing on de-stigmatizing HIV.

We cannot sit around and wait until a cure is discovered.

Because there are almost 9,000 American men and women on ADAP waiting list for life saving HIV medications. And not only do people on the waiting lists have to worry about having access to life saving medications but there are also trapped by geographical location. If someone wants to move from another state to Florida as example they have to worry about losing their ADAP coverage. So if one person from say Ohio falls in love with someone in Florida, what do they do when both states have ADAP waiting lists?

Is it right to have our own citizens trapped because of lack of funding which helps people with HIV and AIDS stay alive? What do you think? Drop me a line and let me know.

The bear and I are on our next adventure trying to work on this exact problem. Read the blog from yesterday and make the call so men and women with HIV and AIDS in America have a chance at life and happiness.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab