Aids Funding.

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Funding for HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS epidemic begain in 1981. Since then more than 630 million people have been diagnosed with AIDS. When this epidemic fist began, overall funding was on the increase each year, with new foundations forming to raise more more for a cure. As the years have passed and brought us to today, the monies issued for funding and research have decreased dramatically. The monies have been misapproptated within various organizations and often times the monies are used overseas to battle the disease there, rather than in the US.

A major source for HIV/AIDS funding goes to the ADAP, AIDS Drug Assisstance Program, which was formed in 1987. It's major puropse is to help funding for those that are infected and are not insured or are underinsured. The ADAP was not prepared for the overwhelming amount of funds needs to maintain the reasearch of this disease.

As 2002, there were about 900,000 people in the US alone living with HIV/AIDS.(Aldridge C, National ADAP Monitoring Project:Annual Report, 2002) The cost of treating a person with AIDS can be well over $20,000 per year. One of every five persons infected are uninsurced. It would cost approximately 3.6 billion dollars to treat those uninsured individuals. Total spending in the fiscal year 2000 was 6.1 million dollars, which was an enourmous shortfall. In 2003, any increases in HIV/AIDS fud\nding were halted to increase the federal dollars to help prevent bioterrorism. (Public Policy News Updates) Most of the funding for the ADAP comes from the Federal Government. A great deal of this programs' effectiveness comes from the support of individual states. If each state does not come through with additioal funding, the ADAP does not have the funds to function properly.

Just recently the Senate...