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ADAP Makes Treatment More Affordable. Get In Care. Stay in care. Live Well. By Chris Wade HIV Project Coordinator


Get In Care. Stay in care. Live Well.

By Chris Wade

HIV Project Coordinator

Chris Wade



The Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) will help pay for medications listed on the ADAP formulary for all medications needed by low-income Illinois residents living with HIV. ADAP supplements Medicare, Medicare Supplemental (Medi-Gap), Medicaid, or Marketplace Private Commercial Insurance coverage and makes treatment much more affordable.

Enroll in Illinois HIV Care Connect to receive Illinois ADAP Benefits and more.




Once you are enrolled, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) staff will determine your eligibility for ADAP. Enrollees are eligible for free and confidential medical case management, as well as health care and other benefits that may include:

  • Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Care
  • Mental Health Care
  • Oral Health Care
  • Medical Nutritional Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Services (outpatient)
  • Food bank
  • Legal Assistance
  • Medical Transportation
  • Psychosocial support
  • Utility and short term rent assistance

(Not all of the above services may be available, and the nature of services may vary by regional office)

To enroll or obtain more information on Illinois HIV Care Connect, go to:

The HIV Treatment Works Campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people living with HIV to get in care, stay in care, and live well. To learn more about the campaign, go to:

How Does ADAP Work?

ADAP provides medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to low-income HIV+ individuals. ADAP provides a wide variety of prescribed medications and all anti-retroviral therapies (ART). For the most current ADAP formulary please visit: Physicians have used these drugs successfully to treat persons with HIV infection and to help them prolong their lives.

To Be Eligible for ADAP Benefits:

  • Be diagnosed as having AIDS or HIV
  • Be a Resident of and domiciled in the State of Illinois
  • Meet Income guidelines and other criteria as indicated on the ADAP website
  • Illinois HIV Care Connect also provides services to Youth 12 -18. For guidance/information please visit

You Cannot Receive ADAP Benefits if you:

  • Do not reside in Illinois or are not an Illinois resident
  • Do not meet income guidelines
  • Do not meet the documentation requirements for eligibility determination

Why enrolling is important for people living with HIV:

Enrolling in Illinois HIV Care Connect and ADAP will enable you to receive the care and support you need while living with HIV. Improvements in treatment and access to care have enabled many people with HIV to live full, busy lives in good health. However, you still must receive lifelong treatment for HIV; otherwise, the condition may lead to serious complications, AIDS, or other illnesses. By consistently following your treatment regimen, you also will reduce the chances of passing the infection onto someone else. Visit to enroll today!

HIV Care Connect is a program of the Illinois Public Health Association and is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health.