June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010
National ADAP Call-in Day
Monday, June 28th

Demand that President Obama Address the ADAP Crisis

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and I hope you are having a safe and great end to your week. It has been a very busy one for Dab the AIDS Bear and myself.

Yesterday, Fusion had the quilters meeting to work on finishing the quilt panel for the National AIDS Quilt. We only have a few more weeks before the panel is to be presented at the National AIDS Conference in Orlando. But everything is going on schedule so it should be done in time. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work.

Last night was movie night at Fusion. Everyone always has a great time on movie night. Because of pride being this month, we have been watching LGBT themed movies all month. It is always great seeing Mario and the gang not to mention the yummy pop corn and fun. But on to serious matters.

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs are critical in providing medications to people living with HIV/AIDS who have no other access. Unfortunately, many state ADAPs have been forced to cut services by reducing eligibility criteria, changing formularies, and closing enrollment. Over 1,596 individuals in ten states are on waiting lists to receive their life-saving and life-sustaining medications through this program. Without immediate additional funding the situation is going to get much worse. With National HIV Testing Day just behind us, we need to remind the Administration that getting people tested is not enough. Treatment must also be available. We need your help to ensure that the Obama Administration takes action to help those in need!

We know you've called and emailed, but we need your help AGAIN!

How you can help:

Please call President Obama on Monday, June 28th. Please see contact information below.

Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and leave the following message:

My name is ___________ and I am calling today because President Obama must address the current crisis in AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. This past weekend was National HIV Testing Day. We know that knowledge of ADAP waiting lists and other access restrictions can keep people from being tested. For many people living with HIV/AIDS these programs are the only consistent access they have to life-saving medications. However, over 1,596 HIV-positive individuals are on waiting lists to access the programs. Relief must be provided so that ADAP clients can receive their medications and additional states don't find themselves in a similar situation.

We really need everyone calling in on Monday and letting the President know how we feel about ADAP waiting lists. If you read my blog frequently you know how I feel about them. So I am hoping I can count on you to do your part.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab