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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.


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