HIV infection is growing most rapidly in the south, which is why the Black AIDS Institute and the state Department of Community Health are offering free HIV tests at five of Georgia’s historically black colleges and universities this week.
The state agency that administers Medicaid faces about a billion dollar hole with the loss of stimulus dollars. Georgia's Medicaid program will be supported by cuts to other state agencies, but some Medicaid services may be lost.
A proposed rule would require Georgians living in assisted living to show they are able to leave the building wihtout help during an emergency. Seniors unable to exit the building unassisted would be forced to transfer to more-expensive nursing homes.
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.
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.
An initiative to increase awareness and prevention of HIV is underway. The Georgia Department of Community Health will roll out the “Taking Control” campaign over the next year. Officials hope to increase prevention and outreach services for gay and bisexual men.