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Thirty years ago, HIV and AIDS were mysterious diseases with no cure. Now in 2019, people with those diagnoses can not only survive, but they can thrive.

Here in Atlanta, one organization aims to educate communities about HIV. SisterLove Inc. focuses on improving access to HIV and AIDS prevention, self-help and safe sex in underrepresented communities.

Being diagnosed with HIV is no longer a death sentence. In Atlanta, SisterLove, Inc. focuses on improving access to prevention resources. Tonight, the organization is honoring 20 women from across the country who are living with HIV at its 10th annual awards gala. On Second Thought hears from Dázon Dixon Diallo, the founder and president of Sisterlove Inc., and Cecilia Chung, one of the honorees at the event tonight, Oct. 18.

About 250 Atlanta citizens with HIV or AIDS could face eviction. Willoughby Mariano, a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Patrick Saunders, editor of Project Q Atlanta, join On Second Thought to discuss why a dispute between contractors and the city of Atlanta is making it harder for the clients of the nonprofit group Living Room to pay the bills.

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A metro Atlanta county will be one of three pilot sites nationwide to run a federal program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, health officials said Thursday.

In 2017, Georgia had the second highest rate in the nation of new diagnoses of HIV, and more than 58,700 people are currently living with HIV in the state.

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A bill passed by the Georgia legislature this year will expand access to drugs that can prevent HIV infection.


PreP is short for pre-exposure prophylaxis, and when taken faithfully, PreP drugs can actually prevent people who get exposed to HIV from getting infected by the virus.



Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during an interview at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.
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Just over a month after President Donald Trump shared his goal to eliminate HIV in the next decade, his health secretary is out touting details of how the administration hopes to end transmission and prevent new diagnoses by 2030. 

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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Georgia has the highest rate of new Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV) infections proportionate to population. The problem is especially severe in metro Atlanta. 

President Trump is proposing $291 million in funding to end HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030. "On Second Thought" wanted to know how realistic this goal was, so Dr. Carlos del Rio from the Emory School of Public Health joined the show to discuss the initiative and how it affects Georgia. 

How A Slip Of Paper Impacted An AIDS Diagnosis

Dec 5, 2017

These days HIV can be diagnosed sooner and treated more effectively than when Christopher Harris got his diagnosis. When he contracted the disease, there was only one drug approved for treatment. Harris became an early member of the Atlanta Buyers Club, which distributed unapproved drugs to treat AIDS patients. We hear his story, courtesy of the NPR’s series, StoryCorps.

Georgia's Growing STD Crisis

Nov 21, 2017
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In 2016, over two million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis were reported in the United States. Georgia is among the most infected states. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia has the fourth highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the nation. We talk about this with Michelle Allen, Director of the Infectious Disease Section for the Georgia Department of Health.

Commentary: HIV Tried Me. It Lost

Jul 18, 2017
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This year marks 30 years since the Food and Drug Administration approved AZT, a drug to combat HIV and AIDS. The Atlanta metro area has one of the highest rates in the nation of new HIV diagnoses.

Several weeks before President Trump nominated Indiana's state health commissioner Jerome Adams to be the next U.S. Surgeon General, Adams toured the Salvation Army Harbor Light detox center in Indianapolis, Ind., the only treatment facility in the state for people without insurance.

Billy Howard

Atlanta is the fifth-highest metro area for new HIV diagnoses, according to federal dataA collection at Emory University sheds light on the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s by showcasing photos by Atlanta photographer Billy Howard.

On Second Thought For Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jun 27, 2017

First, according to a recent lawsuit, hundreds of students at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Georgia were the subject of a humiliating pat-down by local sheriff's deputies. The case raises questions about privacy on school campuses. We speak with Robyn McDougle of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute.

On Friday, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned. In an op-ed published in Newsweek, council member Scott Schoettes wrote he and other members could no longer be effective serving a “president who simply does not care.”

AID Atlanta, the state’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization, has filed a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



The group claims the federal agency’s decision to defund it threatens the delivery of services to the communities most at risk of getting the deadly virus: young, black, gay and bisexual men.

We sit down with Nicole Roebuck, the executive director of AID Atlanta, to talk about the lawsuit, infection rates in Atlanta, and lingering stigmas associated with the virus.

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One of the bills likely to pass in the Georgia legislature would expand access to medical marijuana. Patients being treated for AIDS are among those who would qualify for a prescription.