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.
• 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.