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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia receives 63-million dollars in federal grants to treat HIV and Aids patients. Health officials say the money will help fight the spread of the disease.

The money from the Ryan White HIV/Aids Program will be used to help pay for the care and treatment of infected people who don't have sufficient coverage or cannot afford to pay for that treatment.

And public health officials say keeping infected people healthy will help keep others from contracting the disease.

"I do think a big part of that is treating the disease because if you can actually provide medications and reduce the viral lows that will reduce the transmission rate," said Southwest Georgia Public Health Director, Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

In 2007 there were more than 18,000 people with HIV or Aids living in Georgia. Georgia ranks sixth in the nation in the number of HIV positive people.

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