Georgia’s AIDS drug assistance program is running out of money, even as the number of people seeking help paying for medications that can cost more than ten-thousand dollars per year has climbed sharply. Beginning next month, the state will establish a waiting list for the program. But Georgia isn’t the only state having trouble.
The weak economy is ravaging the government program that provides life-sustaining antiretroviral drugs to people with H.I.V. or AIDS who cannot afford them. Nearly 1,800 have been relegated to rapidly expanding waiting lists that less than three years ago had dwindled to zero.