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 area.

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 include:

  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Client education about HIV/AIDS transmission and infection control issues.
  • CD4 viral load testing.
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Genotype testing
  • Therapeutic and prophylactic measures
  • Adherence-based treatment plans
  • Referrals to subspecialty services and clinical trials
  • Coordination with other providers
  • Substance abuse services
  • Mental health services
  • Oral health services
  • Contract for transportation to primary care providers
  • Medication Adherence program for clients receiving Highly-Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART)
  • TB skin testing
  • Diagnostic testing and appropriate medical follow-up/referrals for infants born to HIV+ mothers
  • Women’s Health Services including:
    • Pap smears
    • Colposcopy services – as appropriate
    • Referral to Breast Test and More program for mammograms and follow-up as appropriate.
    • Referral to 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.

Wellness Centers are open Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm

Wellness Center Locations


             Bulloch Wellness Center
             3 West Altman Street
             Statesboro, GA 30458
             912-764-2402 or 800-796-6213

    Coffee Wellness Center
    1003 Shirley Avenue
    Douglas, GA 31533
    912-389-4586 or 866-808-7828

 

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