HIV in Georgia
The numbers of those developing infection in Georgia continues to
grow. In 2003, Georgia ranked # 8 in the nation for the number of
cumulative AIDS cases and # 5 for the number of new AIDS cases. Almost
seven hundred lost their lives to HIV disease. Heterosexual women of
color are now the fastest growing group acquiring this disease and one
in five births to HIV + women results in an HIV infected baby. Georgia
is also seeing an increase in the number of teens becoming HIV
positive. HIV is no longer an illness of large metropolitan areas. HIV
is rapidly spreading to the rural areas of the state. By the end of
2001, 43 percent of women, 27 percent of men and 46 percent of
children living with AIDS lived about side of the metropolitan Atlanta
HIV in the Southeast Health District
There are an estimated 1,000 HIV infected individuals and an
estimated 6% annual increase in HIV infection in this region.
Mirroring the national and state statistics, the fastest growing group
for HIV new infection in this region is heterosexual women of color.
Sexually Transmitted Infections and Drug Abuse are prevalent in this
area and as expected, these behaviors have an effect on the increase
in the number of new cases identified.
Confidential HIV testing is available at all local health
departments and at each Wellness Center.
HIV/AIDS Care at the
Southeast Health District
The Southeast Health District has a long history of providing
quality care for those with HIV/AIDS. Our program was developed in 1989
through the vision of Dr. Ted Holloway, District Health Director
(Retired). The Wellness Centers provide primary care to those with
HIV/AIDS and partner with many community agencies to enable our
clients to access support services. Care is provided through two (2)
Wellness Centers, which are located in our largest counties, Bulloch
and Coffee. Some of the services we provide
HIV counseling and
Client education about
HIV/AIDS transmission and infection control issues.
CD4 viral load
subspecialty services and clinical trials
Mental health services
Oral health services
transportation to primary care providers
program for clients receiving Highly-Active Antiretroviral Therapy
TB skin testing
Diagnostic testing and
appropriate medical follow-up/referrals for infants born to HIV+
– as appropriate
Referral to Breast
Test and More program for mammograms and follow-up as appropriate.
Specialty GYN services for services outside of care available.
All of the Southeast
Health District Wellness Centers are staffed by a Physician/Mid-level
provider, Registered Nurse and Administrative Assistant. Staff is
trained in state-of-the-art HIV Care. Respect for our clients
confidentiality and privacy is of the utmost importance. No one is
turned away due to inability to pay.
are open Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm
3 West Altman Street
Statesboro, GA 30458
912-764-2402 or 800-796-6213
1003 Shirley Avenue
Douglas, GA 31533
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of Georgia, Annotated. Sections 16-5-60, 16-5-71, 17-10-15,
19-3-3501, 24-9-40.1, 24-9-47, 31-2-1, 31-2-4, 31-12-11, 31-17A-1-3,
31-21-3, 31-22-9.1, 31-22-9.2, 31-40-1, 42-1-7, 42-5-52.1, 44-5-151.
Regulations of Department of Human Resources, Georgia Department of
Public Health, Chapter 290-5-48, Human Immunodeficiency
Virus(HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
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