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Anti-viral drugs for HIV/AIDS patients may be harder to get

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Life sustaining antiviral drugs needed by HIV patients, may be harder for some of them to come by.

Low-income patients who apply for prescription drugs through the federally funded AIDS drug assistance program will now be put on a waiting list. Limited funding and a spike in enrollment led to the need for the waiting list.

It only applies to new enrollees, not those who are already enlisted in the program. LaToya Robinson, who oversees candidates for the program in Albany, says her office sees five to ten new patients each week.

She said, "It's life sustaining. Without the medications, their way of life can be hindered. They could die."

New patients should still apply for the program and talk to coordinators about other programs they may qualify for to get the medications at reduced rates. Robinson says it's important people practice prevention and continue to get tested for HIV/AIDS.


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