A record number of more than 8,300 low-income HIV-positive people in 13 states are on waiting lists to get antiretroviral drugs and other medications used to treat the virus or related side effects, mental health conditions or opportunistic infections, The Washington Post reports. Many advocates believe the total is understated because many states have eliminated waiting lists or have reduced eligibility requirements for their AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP). The economic downturn has prompted more people to seek assistance and has left many states with limited funds.

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