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After dropping dramatically in previous months, Florida’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting list increased over the last week: 954 Floridians are now on the list, the second highest number in the U.S.

According to the Florida Department of Health, on Dec. 1 there were 806 people on the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting list. Nationwide, according to the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Director (.pdf), there are now more than 4,100 individuals in 12 states on AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting lists.

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program, known as ADAP, is a payer of last resort for people who cannot afford HIV/AIDS medications.

During a webinar hosted by The AIDS Institute 10 days ago, Florida Bureau of HIV/AIDS chief Tom Liberti explained that almost $9 million in Ryan White federal funds and $6.9 million in federal emergency relief funds allowed the Bureau to reduce the state’s ADAP waiting list dramatically in previous months. But Liberti warned that the state’s ADAP waiting list will last through the 2012 funding year.

Florida reduced the list of HIV/AIDS drugs available through ADAP, a cost containment measure to deal with the program’s ongoing funding crisis.

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