Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
November 13, 2006
Albany-- In two and a half decades, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people worldwide and changed the lives of millions more. 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with HIV each year and an increasing number of those new cases are young people.
People know it exists. "It's scary. It's scary," said Brittany Stalvey. But many don't realize just how real it is.
"You don't realize. You don't realize the people too," said Stalvey. Apostle A.C. Jones-Harris knows first hand how real HIV is. He heard the life-changing news nearly 30 years ago.
"She said we ran a test and it came back positive," said Jones-Harris. Not just HIV but a case of full-blown AIDS. He says many things led up to the discovery at the age of 23.
"At that time, I was practicing homosexuality and that started from a childhood molestation," said Jones-Harris. Since then, life has been a roller coaster.
"When you lose 45 pounds in three days, sores break out on your body," said Jones-Harris. It was a test of faith and just like Harris' health and body has changed over the years, so has the face of the people the disease affects.
"The gay white male was the first face of HIV in the United States of America," said John Hopkins with the Southwest Georgia Health District. The disease crossed gender lines and age boundaries and health officials say a new face is emerging, that of the teenage African-American females.
"Our youngest is 14 and pregnant," said Hopkins. John Hopkins with the Southwest Georgia Health District says a big reason is young girls' desire for acceptance and attention from males.
"Mentally and emotionally, they're ready for attachment and the fellas use that against them," said Hopkins. So the best way to get fight it? Hopkins says education and testing.
"The only thing we can do is educate and then hopefully help people to change habits," said Hopkins. Nearly 25 years after being diagnosed, Harris has found a reason to sing. He considers himself an apostle who's job is to help people change habits.
He's even written a book called "Which Road Should I Take?" "I don't want anybody else subjected to this disease," said Harris. To prevent others from heading down that road, he now relies on another book, the Holy Bible and the armor of not being ashamed of his past.
"I stick my chest out because I'm doing my job," said Harris. It could prevent others from realizing the true reality of a constantly changing disease in the future.
In southwest Georgia, young black men continue to be the number one group affected but the disease crosses all age and color lines. Health officials stress the importance of getting tested and using protection during sex but they say the ultimate protection is abstinence.