This number is "troubling," said Heather L. Hauck, Maryland's director of Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration, who is also a member of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.
Two years ago, there was no waiting list, Hauck
But cuts to preventive services are nothing new - something that has been "peeling away over time," Hauck
Heather Hauck, director of the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's infectious disease division, said her state's HIV programs were hit with a $786,720 budget cut in fiscal year 2009 and a $702,768 cut in fiscal 2010.
noted that the cuts have resulted in some staff layoffs, furloughs and salary reductions.
Pointing to a national survey, she
said state revenue shortfalls due to the recession are forcing many states to reduce their contribution to the joint state-federal AIDS Drug Assistance Program, known as ADAP.
said the cutbacks have resulted in at least nine states running out of funds to provide life-saving antiretroviral drugs to all the low-income HIV patients that need them.