Valdosta Daily Times

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November 26, 2012

AIDS in the ‘deepsouth’

Documentary looks at AIDS in the South

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VALDOSTA —  

FILM SHOWING

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.



HIV/AIDS: The U.S.

• 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.

 

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