Declaring that, “Chicago’s strength is in the diversity of its communities,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined
22 community strategies this weekend to better address Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, health issues, many which go beyond
traditional LGBT health care concerns.
When lawmakers talk about protecting "crucial state services," funding for HIV/AIDS prevention programs like the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program
(ADAP) should be at the top of the list. "Withdrawing any of the
provisions of the program right now," Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago)
said at a Springfield press conference yesterday, "would literally be a
death sentence to its clients."
Earlier this week we took note of State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz'
(D-Chicago) warning that Illinois' AIDS drug program and HIV prevention
services were under siege due to the state budget crisis. Which candidates can voters count on to back the sort of "balanced and sustainable solution" that
Feigenholtz says is necessary to solve the looming public health
Currently, 4,600 Illinoisans rely on the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program
(ADAP), with over 100 additional people -- many of them unemployed -- applying each month. To meet an anticipated 15 percent surge in enrollees this year, the state is now being forced to cut back on another important service: HIV prevention. Last week, State Rep.