We have known for quite some time that Georgia has been hard hit by the AIDS epidemic with well over 50,000 people known to be living with HIV/AIDS and the fifth highest HIV infection rate in the country. However, we are only now beginning to understand Atlanta is in the heart of the United States’ HIV epidemic. Youth, in particular, remain at high risk for contracting the virus. Over the past 5 years, over 4,400 youth were diagnosed in Metro Atlanta, and only 1/3 are receiving the care needed to stay healthy and prevent transmission. Researchers suspect that low rates of testing, lack of HIV and sexuality education, high rates of homelessness and poor healthcare access contribute to Atlanta youth’s HIV risk. Activists are calling for commitment from public health and political leaders to address the growing problem of HIV among young people.
The Georgia HIV Advocacy Network was formed by GE in 2009. This statewide network of service providers and citizens advocates for HIV policy initiatives on both a state and county level through policy analysis, advocacy training and coordinated community activities.
CAEAR Coalition (Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief): www.caear.org
Information on how to advocate for increased federal funding for Ryan White Programs
NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors): www.nastad.org
Information on policy related to HIV programs for state public health staff
HIV Prevention Justice: www.preventionjustice.org
Information on the national and international movement to bridge HIV prevention and social justice
The Social Security and Disability Resource Center: www.ssdrc.com
Informational website that provides answers to questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants. The site’s author is a former disability examiner for the social security administration. This page has information specific to HIV/AIDS: www.ssdrc.com/hiv.html