Getting THMPed

Activists fight the state's plan to slash drug help for HIV patients

Vanek argues that one of the best solutions is also one of the oldest civics lessons: Those who are concerned must contact officials and get out the vote. She has been rallying patients to phone state legislators, and she reminds them to keep the program and other AIDS-related causes in mind when they go to the polls.

"It's really the people in the state legislature who decide how to spend our money," she says. "People think those on advisory committees have so much power. But we all have the same power: one vote on Election Day."

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