The waiting list numbers continue steady, just over 2,000, down from 9,000 in September of last year.
Coming off another National HIV Testing Day, we have to wonder how some states can encourage their citizens to get tested but not help them get lifesaving medicines if they test positive.
We also wonder what kind of cost analyses the waiting list states are doing. The cost of clearing the waiting lists completely just isn’t that great. Virginia has just under 600 PLWHA on its waiting list. If drugs cost $15,000 for one ADAP beneficiary for one year, drugs for 600 will cost $9 million – and we just don’t believe $9 million can’t be found in an $85 billion fiscal 2013 Virginia state budget. PLWHA on Virginia’s and other states’ waiting lists will cost the public sector a lot more if they don’t get drugs that can keep them from progressing to AIDS.
Here are the latest numbers from our friends at NASTAD:
- ‘Take The Test, Take Control’ On National HIV Testing Day (huffingtonpost.com)
- Montana ADAP Waiting List: Tuesday: 0, Wednesday: 1 (dgsmith.org)
- It’s National HIV Testing Day: Where You Can Get Tested for Free (laist.com)