Georgia has the second-longest waiting list for a program that provides low-income AIDS patients with costly medications. But that list recently shrunk by nearly 300 people thanks to an infusion of $3 million from the federal government.
Thirty years after the reports first described AIDS symptoms, the National Institutes of Health marked today as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. Today celebrates the more than 35,000 volunteers who have furthered the development of a vaccine to slow and perhaps even cease new infections of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Today is World AIDS Day. Organizations and institutions across Georgia are holding events to raise awareness and promote HIV/AIDS testing throughout the week. Several organizations are also using today to rally for greater state funding.
State health officials have begun what they're calling a long overdue re-evaluation of their HIV/AIDS strategy after more than a decade of rising infection rates among gay men. Rates nationally have been going up in part because younger gay men have no memory of the AIDS crisis of the 1980's and because new drugs have extended the lives of the HIV positive. The state's Coastal Health District will hold a meeting on the strategy in Savannah on Monday.