Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

November 26, 2012

AIDS in the ‘deepsouth’

Documentary looks at AIDS in the South




South Health District and Valdosta State University Health Promotions present the documentary “deepsouth,” with film director Lisa Biagiotti discussion following.

When: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Where: VSU Student Union Theatre.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

More information: Call Infectious Diseases Office, (229) 245-8711.


• 1.2 Million People are living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

• 20 percent of those do not know they have HIV (roughly 250,000)

• 48,000 to 56,000 people are newly infected with HIV every year in this county


HIV/AIDS: The South

• Roughly 50 percent of these 1.2 million live in the South.

• High rates of poverty in an area are an indicator of higher rates of HIV infection in the South.


HIV/AIDS: Georgia

• Sixth in the nation for the cumulative number of people living with AIDS in 2009 with 40,328.

• Currently 32,194 people are living with HIV in Georgia.

•  Fifth in the nation for new HIV infections as of 2010

• 20-40 percent of Georgians do not know they are infected and only get tested once they feel the effects of the disease (five to eight years after acquiring HIV).

• African-Americans bear the brunt of the disease and represent 78 percent of new infections

•  The age group with the highest new infections was 30-39 year olds.

•  The highest age group living with HIV not AIDS is the 40-49 age group.

•  30 to 50 year olds in Georgia and nationally have the highest new infections and highest living with HIV.

•  55 and up is one of the fastest growing age groups of those living with HIV.


HIV/AIDS: South Health District (Lowndes, Brooks, Echols, Lanier, Cook, Berrien, Tift, Irwin, Ben Hill, Turner)

• 950 people are living with HIV/AIDS in the 10 counties of South Health District as of 2010.

• About 460 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Lowndes County.

•  African-Americans make up75 to 80 percent of all HIV cases in South Health District.


Text Only
Local News
  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-man_hunt001.jpg Dump truck thieves sought

    Authorities continued searching for suspects Monday evening connected to a stolen dump truck involved in a chase with law-enforcement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • City workers strike natural gas main

    A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.

    July 29, 2014

  • education.jpg Desegregation status approved

    Forty-three years after an initial lawsuit was filed to force the system to desegregate, Valdosta City Schools has officially been approved for “unitary status.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ARociewilliams_002.jpg Woman shares nearly a century of lessons

    With nearly 100 years of life under her belt, Ocie Viola Williams has plenty of advice to share with the world. Her top two pieces of advice: know the importance of education and don’t expect a teacher to raise your child for you. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • psst1 photo page copy.jpg PSST! finishes peachy season

    Peach State Summer Theatre concluded its 2014 season Sunday, a season which broke attendance records for the professional musical theatre company.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results