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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury, and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. At the state level, DPH functions through numerous divisions, sections, programs, and offices. Locally, DPH funds and collaborates with Georgia's 159 county health departments and 18 public health districts.
Today, DPH’s main functions include Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,
Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental
Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical
Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity,
Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory.
The STD Program has a mission to provide technical assistance and programmatic support to the Public Health Districts, private providers, and community-based organizations to prevent sexually transmitted infections, ensuring the availability of quality prevention, intervention, and treatment. Georgia is 2nd in the country for infection with syphilis and 7th for gonorrhea.
Savannah State University Greater Than AIDS Team
Sexually transmitted infections remain a burden throughout Georgia. The devastation of HIV has been tremendous in the state. There are 41,262 people living with HIV/AIDS in Georgia. Out of those, nearly 29,000 are black. To address the spread of HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, the Georgia DPH HIV and STD Offices partnered with the Black AIDS Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation to conduct the Greater Than AIDS Testing Tour to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within Georgia.
Tour stops included Paine College, Savannah State University, Albany State University, Fort Valley State University, and the Atlanta University Center, which is comprised of Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. As testing was taking place, D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik and Chauncey the spoken-word artist entertained and educated students. Both artists gave personal accounts of why they are “Greater Than AIDS.” During the tour, over 500 HIV tests and 300 STD screenings were conducted, resulting in a positivity rate of 18 percent for chlamydia, 1 percent for gonorrhea, and 0.4 percent for HIV.
Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
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