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By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – HIV and AIDS are growing problems in Southwest Georgia among both young and old.

More than 70 school teachers, administrators and clergy members gathered at Isabella School in Albany to learn just how common the disease is in our area.

They also heard about how to prevent the disease.

Even though Friday's program was for adults, the focus was on reaching kids.

According to Chanel Scott-Dixon of the Georgia Department of Public Health, "it's very important for adults to hear the message. Because they have that first hand experience contact with the students. And if they have the proper information to go back and educate the students, maybe they'll get through to the students to practice safer sex or to abstain from having sex."

The program was sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Dougherty County School System.

The state requires school systems to have a meeting like this once a year.

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