State AIDS drug assistance program clears wait list

First Posted: 8/15/2012

The North Carolina AIDS Drug Assistance Program will extend access to life-sustaining medications to all 278 North Carolinians who were on its waiting list as of the end of July, according a press release sent out this month by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 6,000 low-income North Carolinians receive access to medications through North Carolina’s HIV and AIDS drug assistance programs. The program’s waiting list was opened in January 2010 and peaked at 829 people in July 2010.

Since 2010, the list has shortened dramatically, but the announcement marked the first time that every individual on the waiting list has been cleared for participation in the program.

The Health Department’s release noted that early treatment of infected individuals can have a major impact on the spread of HIV disease.

According to state officials, new applicants with an income between 126 percent and 300 percent of the federal poverty level will continue to be wait-listed.