South Carolina: Waiting List for AIDS Drug Assistance Grows
January 18, 2011
State health officials reported last week that 337 patients are on a waiting list for enrollment in South Carolina's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The program currently serves about 2,000 residents a month. If funding remains level, that same number of individuals -- 2,000 -- are projected to be on the waiting list by June 2012, said Anand Nagarajan, director of the state ADAP. Recent years have seen double-digit increases in enrollment as more patients have been diagnosed; funding, however, has increased only modestly. Current figures from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control show the federal government gave about $17 million to South Carolina's ADAP, while the state itself contributed $1.8 million. The S.C. HIV/AIDS Care Crisis Task Force was meeting in Columbia on Tuesday to discuss the situation; for more information, telephone Elizabeth McLendon at 803-254-6644, ext. 110. Across the country, 5,387 people were on ADAP waiting lists as of Jan. 13, according to the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.
Post and Courier (Charleston)
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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