AIDS Treatment Access Program
ATAP is a program designed to provide free antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, treatment planning and medication resources management to people with HIV in developing countries who do not have access to health care coverage and treatment, as well as to cover the existing gap in the HIV/AIDS National Programs which do not offer rescue therapies or the latest generation ARV treatment.
Part of the ATAP process includes working in conjunction with the treating physicians and our medical team in order to find the best treatment plan for every patient. Once the case is approved, we guarantee a sustainable advanced supply of medication in order to assure continuous provision of ARVs to our beneficiaries.
ATAP Enrollment Medical Criteria
To qualify for ATAP, patients must certify that they meet the medical criteria for starting ARV medication according to international guidelines. However, the final decision as to whether a patient is eligible for starting ARVs should come from case-by-case discussions between our medical team and the applicant’s treating physicians.
In the event that the patient has already initiated and is currently on ARV therapy and cannot continue it due to medication provision difficulties, we can help by providing the same therapy as long as he or she continues to have a medical prescription for it.
All of these conditions must be proven with copies of original lab results and/or medical or hospital reports. These results and reports must not be older than 6 months prior to the application date.
Other conditions for accessing the ARV coverage are:
- Clients must not have any other source of medication coverage.
- These include governmental institutions, national programs, social security, private funds or foundations,
- private insurance or coverage from any other source and the lack of economic means to purchase the medication.
- Applicants must have a treating doctor for the HIV or AIDS status.
- Periodic submission of results of CD4 count, viral load and medical reports is required in order to maintain coverage and continuity of the drug supply. Once every 6 months (biannually)
ATAP Enrollment Requirements:
If applicants or their physicians think they qualify for the ATAP coverage and meet the medical criteria, then applicants must submit the required documentation in order to prove their case. These documents include:
- – Application form properly and legibly filled out.
- – A detailed medical history regarding the HIV and/or AIDS status and history of previous ARV regimens and the reasons for the change.
- – Copies of the original CD4 count and Viral Load results, not older than 6 months.
- – Prescription for all the drugs requested by your treating doctor.
- – A copy of any official photo ID showing the name of the applicant.
Approval of Requested Therapy
Every requested therapy will be subject to an evaluation by our medical team. If we disagree with the requested treatment due to medical reasons, the case will be further discussed with their treating physician until we reach an agreement and a plan that will be the most beneficial to the patient.
Continuation of your Coverage
This depends upon the patient’s compliance with the program requirements.
ATAP labels a drug as “available” only when we can guarantee a sustainable provision of the medication without any interruption. However, since provisions depend on a recycling program, there is always a small possibility of stock shortages, in which case ATAP will try to find a comparable and equally effective regimen.
Confidentiality is highly protected by ATAP, and for this purpose, once the case is approved, a code composed of numbers and letters will be assigned to the applicant.
Applicants must make sure they provide us with complete and proper contact information. This must include phone numbers, fax numbers, or email addresses of both parties.
Shipping of the Meds
Applicants are responsible for the shipping cost of their medications.
For more detailed information or to apply please contact: MIafolla@aidforaids.org