DeKalb County receives $1.5 million to fight spread of HIV
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (PHOTO by Jenni Girtman/Atlanta Event Photography).
By Tia Mitchell
The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has chosen DeKalb County for a pilot initiative aimed and stopping the spread of HIV.
The money will be used to increase HIV testing, link people diagnosed with HIV with resources and keep those under care engaged in services. The funding will also be used to encourage people with high risk of infection to begin taking pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.
“I applaud President Trump for his leadership and look forward to working together to end the HIV epidemic facing our country,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a news release. “In Georgia – home to the CDC – where the HIV incidence rate represents a disproportionate share of the affected U.S. population, we share the President’s vision to remove barriers to treatment, reduce the stigma associated with seeking medical intervention, and expand services for rapid detection and response.”
Nearly 60,000 Georgians are living with HIV, and the state has the second-highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, the news release said.
I am proud to serve over 350,000 constituents from Doraville to Tucker, Decatur (Unincorporated DeKalb), Lithonia, and Stonecrest. District 7 is one of the largest districts in the State of Georgia. With diversity, unique communities, and a wide variety of economic resources, I embrace the opportunity to leverage our resources to make DeKalb great!