About 70 percent of the overall budget for the Department of Public Health comes from federal grants. And that federal money has seen significant reductions. From fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013, across all programs, Public Health lost about $25 million in federal money. And that drop has continued.
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.
Thursday is National HIV Testing Day. The state Department of Public Health is teaming up with its national partner, Greater than AIDS, and health departments around the state to offer free HIV testing. Health officials say more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, but 20 percent of them don't know it.
An Atlanta surgery center is warning 456 patients that their colonoscopies might have put them at risk of HIV and other diseases. Piedmont Healthcare has advised the patients that they should be tested for HIV as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
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.