Wellness Program

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Treatment and Care

HIV infection remains an important public health problem in the state of Georgia. As of the end of 2019, there were 58,594 persons living with HIV in Georgia, and 2,504 persons were diagnosed in 2019. The number of persons living with HIV continues to increase, because of effective therapies now available. Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 HIV Surveillance Report, Georgia was ranked the fifth highest in the nation for both the total number of new diagnoses of HIV infection among adults and adolescents and for the number of persons living with HIV infection, after Florida, California, Texas, and New York. Georgia ranked 1st in the rate of HIV diagnosis among adults and adolescents, and 4th in the rate of persons living with HIV.

Free and confidential HIV testing is available at all local health departments and at each Wellness Center.

HIV/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (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 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
  • Transportation services
  • Medication adherence program for clients receiving Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART)
  • TB testing
  • Diagnostic testing and appropriate medical follow-up/referrals for infants born to HIV positive mothers
  • Women’s Health services including:
    • Pap smears
    • Colposcopy services – as appropriate
    • Referral to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) for mammograms and follow-up as appropriate
    • Referral to specialty GYN services for services outside of care available
    • Hepatitis C treatment for co-infected patients

Each of the Southeast Health District’s Wellness Centers is 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 Center Locations

Full-Time Wellness Centers are open Monday through Friday

Bulloch Wellness Center

3 West Altman Street

Statesboro, GA 30458

Phone: (912)764-2402

Fax: (912)764-5561

Coffee Wellness Center

310 West Bryan Street

Douglas, GA 31533

Phone: (912)389-4586 or (866)808-7828

Fax: (912)389-4590

Satellite Wellness Center Locations

Satellite Wellness Centers are open on designated days

Toombs Wellness Center

714 Northwest Broad Street

Lyons, GA 30436

Phone: (912)764-2402

Ware Wellness Center

1102 Plant Ave

Waycross, GA 31501

Phone: (912)550-0020

Fax: (912)490-7644

Ryan White Program Forms

Release of Information (English)

Release of Information (Spanish)

Ryan White Program Statement of Support (Updated June 2022)

Notification of Client Responsibility for Health Insurance Continuation Program (HICP) of Georgia

STI & HIV Testing

STI testing and treatment, as well as FDA-approved contraception, are available at all health departments and both wellness centers within the Southeast Health District.

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