Yesha Callahan

Study Shows Half Of Atlanta’s Newly Diagnosed HIV Patients Have AIDS

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 12.14.21 PMA new study released has revealed some  startling facts about HIV/AIDS cases in Atlanta. Due to the lack of testing centers, it’s been discovered by the time Atlanta residents are diagnosed with the virus, nearly three out of ten already have full-blown AIDS, according to WABE.

Currently Atlanta is 5th on the list of US cities with the highest number of new HIV diagnoses.

From WABE:

Experts say that’s because routine HIV testing is not offered in the places where most people get their health care. By the time patients are diagnosed in Atlanta, almost one-third have advanced to clinical AIDS.

Since starting a routine testing program in 2013, Grady Hospital has diagnosed an average of two or three patients with HIV every single day.

“This is something that keeps me awake at night in Atlanta,” Dr. Abigail Hankin-Wei said.

She runs Grady’s FOCUS HIV testing program. It’s the only emergency department in the city that offers a HIV test to every patient regardless of why they came in.

“When we diagnose patients with HIV, the first time we are telling them they’ve been infected with HIV, we know that among our patients at Grady, nearly half of them have AIDS the day we diagnose them,” said Hankin-Wei.

From socioeconomic issues to the stigmas of getting tested, if people don’t do better in Atlanta, the statistics will become even more frightening.

  1. March 25, 2015 - Reply

    NOT surprised at ALL….

  2. March 26, 2015 - Reply

    If I were living the lifestyle that some people are living, I would be afraid to be tested. I can completely understand why people are afraid; however, people should realize that eventually you are going to have to know. By that time it could be too late.

  3. March 26, 2015 - Reply

    This is why austerity doesn’t work. This news is exactly why I don’t believe in massively cutting resources in our communities. There must be a growth of hospital services, and other medical infrastructure to help people suffering HIV/AIDS. The illnesses of HIV and AIDS has unfortunately killed a lot of Brothers and our Sisters. When these illnesses effect one of us, they effect in turn all of us. People who experience HIV/AIDS need compassion, and resources. Anybody, who is sexually active, should get tested in my view. I’m glad that Dr. Abigail Hankin-Wei and so many other people including activists are doing their parts in helping others. We are called to help others.

    • March 26, 2015 - Reply

      Excellent comment and I 100% agree with this “Anybody, who is sexually active, should get tested in my view.”

      • March 26, 2015 - Reply

        @elle D.

        Right Sister.

        At the end of the day, we want lives to be saved and we desire the greatest resources possible to B given to those with HIV/AIDS. Human beings want justice and compassion and we promote these ideals unconditionally.

  4. March 27, 2015 - Reply

    This happens because the black community is so homophobic the only result is HIV and AIDS. Being gay should be celebrated in order to reduce new cases of this disease. Gay people are very responsible being HIV positive because they are not afraid to be.

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