Researchers at Emory University have received a federal grant of nearly $12 million to study the HIV epidemic among women. The five-year National Institutes of Health grant is part of a recent expansion of the Women's Interagency HIV Cohort Study. NIH established the study in 1993 at six sites, mostly in the Midwest and on the east and west coasts.
Uninsured Georgians who need help paying for AIDS drugs don’t have to be placed on a waiting list anymore after state health officials eliminated what was once the largest backlog in the nation. State officials used $8 million in federal cash and a government-managed health care plan for people with pre-existing conditions to clear the backlog.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is trying to reduce stigma and complacency around HIV and AIDS with a new advertising and social media blitz featuring Americans living with the disease. The campaign is launching initially in six cities, including Atlanta.
Emory University is set to get about $7 million for its part in an intensive national effort to develop a vaccine against HIV and AIDS. The goal is to accelerate vaccine development by supporting multidisciplinary research into immune responses that prevent or contain HIV infection.
Georgia has adopted a national HIV/AIDS strategy aimed at preventative treatment. The new approach treats patients with drugs earlier and decreases the likelihood of spreading the disease. The plan would lower long-term costs but might cost more up-front.
Half of new HIV infections and AIDS diagnoses in 2009 were in the South, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that is getting the attention of some of the region’s federal representatives. A Congressional roundtable Tuesday will begin the search for solutions.
The new Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Health Sciences University will host community programs and conduct research on public health problems like type 2 diabetes, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, obesity and AIDS.