ADAP is funded by state and federal funds and “provides access to over 60 life-saving HIV-related medications for low and moderate-income individuals who lack private insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid,” according to a press release from the Save Georgia ADAP campaign.
Just one month after the ADAP waiting list was implemented in Georgia, the state became second in the nation for those on the waiting list.
The state had an ADAP waiting list from 1997-2002 and at its peak, 1,600 low-income people were waiting to see if they could get the life-saving drugs they needed.
“That was when the state had no funding,” said Jeff Graham, an Atlanta AIDS activist for some 20 years and now executive director of Georgia Equality. “Over that time we were all working with many organizations to get that funding up to eliminate the waiting list.”
Gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals are at highest risk for contracting HIV in Georgia, Graham added.
The waiting list was eventually eliminated when needed funding came through and Graham said he had hoped Georgia would never be in the same situation.
“It shocks me we do have a list again and how fast the numbers have grown and there is not the same sense of urgency,” Graham said. “I really had hoped to not see another waiting list.”
Supporting the press conference and rally and the Save Georgia ADAP Campaign include: AID Atlanta, AID Gwinnett, AIDS Athens, Community Advance Practice Nurses, Georgia Equality, Georgia HIV Advocacy Network, Grady Infectious Disease Program, SisterLove, Someone Cares and Metro Atlanta HIV Health Services Planning Council.
The press conference will be from 1-2 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol inside the north wing of the building.