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Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
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Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
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Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
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Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:07 GMT
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
In just 20 minutes you can be tested for HIV and get your results. A quick test for a disease that's growing, especially in the south.
"We have seen a huge increase in HIV/AIDS this year alone with new intakes coming on. We use to have anywhere from maybe three to four new clients a month. Now we're enrolling anywhere from 10 to 15 new clients within a month," said Chanel Scott-Dixon, the HIV/AIDS program manager for the Dougherty County Health Department.
Health officials blame lack of education in the community and schools, as well as the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
"When I hear about the stigma of HIV/AIDS a lot of people are afraid to know their status or shun away from people that are HIV infected, because they're not educated on HIV/AIDS. I think if people become more educated on the disease the stigma will decrease and discrimination for those with HIV/AIDS will decrease as well," Scott-Dixon.
Carlos Franco, an infectious disease doctor for Phoebe Putney Hospital says what concerns him is their newly infected patients. "Here what you see is mostly women, mostly African-American. I will tell you, I don't know the exact number but in this clinic let's say we have 70 patients with HIV that we follow on a long term basis. I would say at least 60, 65 women and most of them African-American," said Franco.
Another concern Franco says is the increasing number of patients who have an advanced stage of the HIV infection from the start.
Now health officials are doing what they can to inform the public.
"What we're trying to do as an organization is get education out so we can educate the community about HIV/AIDS and hopefully encourage them to get tested," said Scott-Dixon.
Doctors say the best way to be educated is to get tested and know your status.