SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, and Representative Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, co-authored a bill to expand the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) this past legislative session. Today, it was signed into law. The bill was passed with the support of the HIV Action Network comprised of JustUs Health, Clare Housing, Aliveness Project, Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in Minnesota, Rural AIDS Action Network, Youth and AIDS Project, Hope House, African American AIDS Task Force and Hennepin County Medical Center.
“Since new cases of HIV/AIDS in Minnesota have not declined, holding steady at 300 new cases per year for the last decade, it was time to expand Minnesota’s efforts. More people will have access to life saving medicine and health insurance because of this bill,” said Senator Dibble. “When people with HIV/AIDS are receiving care, their viral load drops to zero and they become non-infectious. This is one of the important ways that Minnesota will be able to eliminate all new cases of HIV/AIDS under the new END HIV MN initiative called for by the legislature in a bill I authored two years ago.”
END HIV MN is designed to help end the crisis of HIV/AIDS in Minnesota by giving access to high quality health care, getting people tested sooner, eliminating barriers to health care (poverty, housing, insurance, transportation, cultural roadblocks, systemic discrimination, mental and chemical health, etc.), and giving people full access to the preventative medications, like PrEP and PEP.