Georgia gay activists call for more ADAP funding

By Editors

Originally published on February 12 2003 1:00 AM ET

Gay rights activists in Georgia visited the state capitol Monday to lobby lawmakers on several issues, including increases in funding for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, The [Jacksonville] Florida Times-Union reports. Members of Georgia Equality, a statewide gay advocacy group, joined with members of the AIDS Survival Project to call for more state funding for the program in order to prevent the implementation of a waiting list for access to discount HIV antiretroviral medications. More than 4,800 low-income and uninsured Georgians are currently enrolled in the ADAP. Although the ADAP has not been targeted for funding cuts as the legislature struggles to eliminate a budget deficit, the program was expected to be flat-funded, which activists say would eventually lead to its being forced to turn away new enrollees.