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.
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.
Georgia’s birth rate is continuing to drop, mirroring a national trend and reflecting the still-sagging economy. Early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Georgia’s rate fell 5 percent last year, slightly faster than the nation’s 3 percent drop. The national birth rate peaked in 2007 and has been falling since.
Georgia is experiencing a moderate flu season. According to the Department of Community Health, there have been no deaths since flu season officially began in October and there are still vaccines available.