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HIV/AIDS Unity Day

Contact: Judith Pindell, Director Public Policy and Advocacy

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

216.621.0766 x231

jpindell@atfgc.org

Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Bipartisan HIV/AIDS Unity Day Press Conference highlights waiting list, need for increased funding for the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program

Columbus, OH –  The HIV/AIDS community joined friends, allies, providers, and stakeholders at the HIV/AIDS Unity Day Press Conference at the Ohio Statehouse to show support for the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program (OHDAP) and urge Ohio legislators to fund the program at a sufficient level to serve all Ohioans in need of these services.

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Contact Your Ohio House Representative TODAY to Stop Deeper Cuts to HIV/AIDS Care

Governor Kasich’s proposed budget for core HIV/AIDS services was $5.5 million—barely enough to keep the program going, and provide essential medical services to people with HIV/AIDS.

But a plan put forward by the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee will cut those services even further – an additional $200,000 a year for the next two fiscal years. And the House plans to vote on their budget bill this Thursday.

Because of cuts over the last year, Ohio already has a waiting list of people living with HIV/AIDS who urgently need access to basic care and treatment for HIV. Further cuts put more lives—our friends, neighbors, family members, ourselves—at risk. More cuts, on top of those people with HIV/AIDS in Ohio have already suffered, would be unthinkable.

As our State Representatives prepare to vote on a state budget, including this $200,000 cut to HIV AIDS funding, they need to hear from you!

Please call your state representative and tell them to restore the full $5.5 million the Governor has requested for line 440-444 of the budget.  People with HIV/AIDS are counting on you. Your voice truly can make a difference. Call or e-mail now, before it’s too late.

To find your State Representative, go to http://www.house.state.oh.us/

To find your State House Representative, you’ll need to know your zip code 4-digit extension. To find your zip code 4-digit extension, go to: http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp

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