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AIDS Drug Assistance Program Re-Opens; Hundreds More To Be Served

Release Date: July 13, 2010
Contact: Julie Henry, 919-707-5053

RALEIGH — As a result of Gov. Bev Perdue’s recommended budget and with the support of the General Assembly, North Carolina’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) has reopened, effective July 11.  The $14 million appropriation will allow the program not only to continue to serve more than 4,600 enrollees, but also will open the program to an additional 627 people who have been on a waiting list since January. 

“Continued state funding for ADAP recognizes the great importance of providing people with critical medication that prevents progression to AIDS and decreases the spread of HIV,” said State Health Director Jeff Engel. 

ADAP uses a combination of state and federal funds to provide low-income residents of North Carolina with assistance in obtaining essential medications at no cost.   The program purchases the medications in bulk from a pharmaceutical wholesaler, and a central pharmacy dispenses and mails prescriptions to clients.  The individual is responsible for the cost of other drugs that they receive which are not covered by the program.

“The recent national recommendation that all persons 13 to 64 years of age be routinely tested for HIV, combined with the state’s Get Real, Get Tested campaign, have helped us reduce the stigma associated with knowing your HIV status,” Engel said.  “Through ADAP, we can help low-income individuals who are diagnosed get treatment so they can stay healthy. That’s a benefit to all of us.”

Enrollment will be limited to individuals living at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level.  According to an estimate from the N.C. Division of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Branch, more than 900 additional people are expected to be enrolled in the program in the months to come.     


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