Did you know that……
- South Carolina ranks11th highest new HIV infection rate in the nation.
- Columbia, South Carolina’s capital city, has the 8th highest annual rate of AIDS diagnoses in the nation among cities with 500,000 or more residents.
- There are over 300 South Carolinians on a waiting list for life‐sustaining HIV medications.
- There are 17,500 South Carolinians were living with HIV.
- Over half [56%] of South Carolinians living with HIV and AIDS, who know their health status, are not in regular care.
And what does the South Carolina Legislature do?
They propose a Bill (S.434) that would require the use of ONLY generic drugs to treat HIV/AIDS.
But guess what?
There are NO generic HIV drugs!
There will be a press conference and rally at the Sate House, next Wednesday, February 9, at 10 AM, in an effort to restore funding to desperately needed HIV/AIDS groups, like AIDS Drug Assistance program [ADAP] which helps people who have no health care, or inadequate health care, receive counseling, treatment and medications.
This is a crisis in South Carolina, and our legislators, and our wonderful new governor, Nikki Haley, are doing nothing about.
I am going to that rally, and urge anyone who is in South Carolina to attend as well. This isn’t only about people with HIV and AIDS, it’s about doing what’s right for our citizens.