Wellness Program



Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Treatment and Care

The numbers of those developing infection in Georgia continues to grow. In 2015, Georgia ranked #5 in the nation for both new and cumulative HIV cases among adults and adolescents, and almost seven hundred Georgians lost their lives to HIV disease. HIV is no longer an illness of large metropolitan areas. By the end of 2015, more than one-third (36%) of persons living with HIV infection resided outside the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area.

 

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

912-764-2402 or 800-796-6213

Coffee Wellness Center

1003 Shirley Avenue

Douglas, GA 31533

912-389-4586 or 866-808-7828

Satellite Wellness Center Locations

Satellite Wellness Centers are open on designated Fridays


Toombs Wellness Center

714 Northwest Broad Street

Lyons, GA 30436

912-764-2402 or 800-796-6213

Ware Wellness Center

103 Lister Street

Waycross, GA 31501

912-389-4586 or 866-808-7828


STD & HIV Testing

STD 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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