8,615 Americans (as of 6/30/11) who are not getting their life saving medication. They are just simply sitting on a waiting list. Since 6/29/10 over 6,000 Americans have been added to the ADAP waiting list. That is in just one year. This is what made this year's conference extremely important. Can you imagine finding out you are HIV+ today and not being able to get medications because you can't afford them. AIDS medications can cost $1200 a month or more. Would you take the time to apply for ADAP if it meant you were going on a waiting list ? For many Americans this is a reality. So on top of the 8,615 currently on the list can you imagine the hundreds or thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS who don't apply since they can't get care and treatment they need.
Aspirations, a non-profit faith-based community service organization, but someone who is living with HIV/AIDS herself, and has dedicated herself to educating, supporting and inspiring others living with HIV/AIDS throughout the nation.
POZIAM Radio sometime soon.
Tuesday evening I had an awesome experience. I have always wanted to get a group of POZIAMers together for a dinner or event. FYI - POZIAMers are members of my social network. I knew a bunch of them would be in DC for the conference and I would be meeting them for the first time. So I organized a dinner at Level One and about 20 people responded yes. Most of all met out front of the Westin Hotel.
With the help of our tour guide Christopher Myron, our clan arrived at Level One in one piece. There we met up with other POZIAMers who lived in DC but were not attending the ADAP Conference. It was such an amazing feeling to meet the people you see online in person. People who you talk to everyday or read their blogs. We had a great time and obviously took plenty of pictures. I can't wait for the next POZIAMers dinner. Some of us were outside the hotel sharing stories until 3am. We didn't care what time it was. These little conversations with fellow advocates can be life changing. Having Dab Garner as my roommate was one of the other highlights of my trip. Spending time and having conversations with a man you who has been fighting this for over 30 years was priceless. I admire and respect his wisdom and strength. This was the icing on the cake for me.
1st Annual ADAP Leadership Awards Dinner
Wednesday evening we all attended the 2011 Annual ADAP Leadership Award Dinner. As a Board member of aaa+ I have to say we recognized an amazing slate of leaders, who for the last year have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness about the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. All doing their part in the fight in their own way. It was an honor to be among them all. Over all the conference was a great experience and brought people from across the United States together to discuss a every important issue.
The 2010-2011 award recipients include:
ADAP Champion of the Year:
Dab Garner of Dab the AIDS Bear Project
ADAP Emerging Leader of the Year:
Jason King of AIDS Healthcare Foundation
ADAP Corporate Partner of the Year:
The Honorable Neil Romano of The Romano Group, LLC
ADAP Community Organization of the Year:
Stephen Gunsallus of Counseling Ministries.Org
ADAP Social Media Campaign of the Year:
AIDS Activism 101 by Mark King of MyFabulousDisease
ADAP Grassroots Campaign of the Year:
Butch McKay of Positive Living Conference / ActivateU
• ADAP Media Story of the Year:
HIV S.O.S. by Charles Blow of the New York Times
Congratulations to all the recipients and Thank you for the hard work you do and awareness you have continue to bring to the ADAP Crisis in America.
Current ADAP numbers
8,615 individuals in 13 states, as of June 30, 2011
Alabama: 73 people
Arkansas: 40 people
Florida: 3,562 people
Georgia: 1,630 people
Idaho: 20 people
Louisiana: 824 people
Montana: 29 people
North Carolina: 292 people
Ohio: 485 people
South Carolina: 810 people
Utah: 25 people
Virginia: 817 people
Wyoming: 8 people
For more information on ADAP waiting lists.
Please visit www.adapadvocacyassociation.org/