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Wed June 1, 2011
NPR Story

Budget Crunch Hampers HIV Drugs Distribution

It has been nearly thirty years since AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ever since, powerful drugs have extended the lives of millions of HIV/AIDS patients. Yet, the budget crunch in many states has led to record number of people being on waiting lists for HIV medication. Florida has more patients on the waiting list than any other states in the country. To prevent further increase, the state is considering cutting by half the income a person can make in order to be eligible for the state's AIDS drug program. Thomas Liberti, chief of Florida's Bureau of HIV/AIDS and Jason King, a patient advocate at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation talk about Florida's HIV drugs shortage.