Va. Eliminates Waiting List for AIDS Drug Aid

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- In less than two years, Virginia has eliminated the waiting list for a program that helps low-income residents obtain AIDS medication.

The Washington Times (http://bit.ly/RwmRgq ) says the waiting list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program ended in August.

The waiting list peaked at 1,112 people in December 2011.

In November 2010, the state restricted eligibility to children, pregnant women, and people receiving treatment for potentially fatal infections that exploit weakened immune systems.

The restrictions were imposed because of budget constraints. They were gradually eased as more money became available.

Brandon M. Macsata with the nonprofit ADAP Advocacy Association says elimination of waiting lists is welcome news. But he says there's no guarantee that there won't be a waiting list in three months.


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