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States Cut Funding For HIV, AIDS Drugs, Record Number Of People On Waiting Lists

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In this Dec. 9, 2010 photo, Stephen Farrar shows some of the medications he must take on a daily basis, in Fort Lauderdale. Florida has the longest waiting list for HIV prescription drug assistance in the U.S. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) | AP File

Cash-strapped states are scaling back efforts to provide life-saving medicines to HIV patients.

The result: more than 8,300 people -- a record number -- are on waiting lists in 13 states to get antiretrovirals and other drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS or the side effects, mental health conditions or opportunistic infections. And that number probably understates the need, say advocates, who note that many states have simply eliminated waiting lists or reduced eligibility.

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