Three People With HIV/AIDS Die While on West Virginia ADAP Waiting List
August 29, 2003
Three HIV-positive people in West Virginia have died waiting to receive free antiretroviral drugs through the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program since it stopped taking new patients nearly seven months ago, the AP/Charleston Daily Mail reports (AP/Charleston Daily Mail, 8/28). The federal-state ADAP program provides free or low-cost medication to low-income HIV-positive individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid or other drug assistance programs. Many state ADAP programs are experiencing financial trouble due to high demand for the drugs, soaring prescription costs and state budget shortfalls (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/11). West Virginia's ADAP currently has 340 people enrolled in the program, and enrollment has been increasing over the past two to three years, Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the state's HIV/AIDS/STD program, said. However, the program does not have enough funds to cover everyone who needs treatment; 14 people remain on the program's waiting list. "People are now starting to die while they're on the waiting list," Khan said, adding, "It is a crisis that will continue." Federal funding for the program is based on the number of people in the state who have been diagnosed with AIDS, not on the number of people who use the program, according to the AP/Daily Mail (AP/Charleston Daily Mail, 8/28). According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources, 554 people have been diagnosed with AIDS in the state, a small number compared with other states. That number does not include HIV-positive people who have not yet developed AIDS or HIV-positive people who moved to West Virginia after being diagnosed and counted in another state (Heys, Charleston Gazette, 8/28).
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