ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Recently, the nation took time for National HIV Testing Day. It was an opportunity for people to learn their HIV status and gain knowledge to take control of their lives.
According to a June 2016 report from Georgia Health News in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the only place where HIV is spreading faster than in Dougherty County, is Fulton County.
In that article, Jackie Jenkins, Epidemiology Director for the district, was quoted as saying that in 2015, the Health District averaged three new diagnoses a month, mostly residents of Dougherty County. And as of 2014, Albany had the second-highest HIV diagnosis rate in the state among reporting counties at 63.9 people per 100,000, according to data collected by the CDC.
Albany health workers have pushed to fight the spread of HIV in South Georgia. Albany Area Primary Healthcare recently offered free tests at the 'I Heart Media' building, and the SW Health District is implementing an action group and task force to address the issue.
We join area health workers and organizers in getting the word out about the spread of the disease.
The numbers tell the story; We're near the top of the list, and in this case, that's not a good place to be.