HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, sharing of drug injection equipment, such as syringes and needles. There is no cure, but it is a highly manageable disease through medications known as antiretroviral therapy. Adverse effects of HIV disproportionately affect low-income individuals due to little or no exposure to comprehensive sex education, limitations to accessing preventive drugs (PrEP), and the cost and regularity required for treatment remain difficult. HIV also goes undetected in women. Below are resources for health providers, health educators, gender and sexuality equality advocates, and social workers who seek to aid in education on HIV, access to PrEP, HIV testing, and treatment.
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House Committee on Health and Human Services
This committee is responsible for
legislation that affects the conditions of safety regulations and social services for the citizens of Georgia. This committee also addresses the legal areas surrounding medical professionals and medicinal provisions.
Senate Committee on Health and Human Services
This committee has general jurisdiction over legislation relating to healthcare and social services. This committee also addresses areas related to the licensing and regulation of healthcare professionals.
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Partners with iconic brands to fight the world’s most significant health emergencies by raising money for the Global Fund. Currently, (Red) is focused on HIV/AIDS and the Pandemic
CARE for AIDS
Empowers those suffering from HIV/AIDS in Kenya. It offers a faith-based place of worship, medical care, life counseling, and HIV support.
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Committed to overcoming stigma surrounding AIDS through advocacy and research. The Foundation focuses on people and places who do not have access to doctors.
Family Health International (FHI 360)
International nonprofit working to improve the health and well-being of people in the United States and around the world.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Works to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
Program Appropriate Technology Help (PATH)
Seeks to accelerate health equity, partnering with public institutions, businesses, grassroots groups, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges.
Save the Children
Facilitates programs addressing children’s unique needs to create lasting change for children, their families, and communities. Focuses on education and keeping kids healthy from disease or malnutrition and prevents child trafficking and early marriage.
Fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention and treatment, among other lifesaving services.
Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Advocates for those with HIV/AIDS and works to improve access to nutritious food, stable housing, and vital health resources for people living with HIV, diabetes, kidney disease, and other life-challenging illnesses.
Provides stable housing, improved health management, community outreach, and prevention services to help those with HIV/AIDS live with dignity and a positive quality of life.
National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities
Provides national and local leadership to address the health and wellness issues confronted by black gay men through advocacy, services, and education.
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
Advocates and educates to eliminate HIV/AIDS, HCV and STI’s in Native communities and to confront social determinants of health that negatively impact American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous peoples.
Print and online brand for people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS. Reginald & Dionne Smith Foundation Works to improve total wellness for families affected by HIV, hepatitis, and substance use disorders through education, advocacy, resources, and connection to care.
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
Part of the Health Resources & Services Administration, this program helps low-income people with HIV receive medical care, medications, and essential support services. It also provides grants to cities, states, counties, and community-based groups to help provide care, medication, and essential support, and to reduce HIV transmission.
Connects clients to care and support, provides access to HIV resources and networks, and works towards improving the linkage and retention in medical care towards HIV viral suppression.
Georgia AIDS Coalition
Advocates for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, STI, and hepatitis issues in Georgia.
Georgia Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS
Responsible for improving the health status of Georgians diagnosed with HIV, preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, and reducing the overall burden of the HIV epidemic in Georgia.
H.E.R.O. for Children
Focused on quality-of-life care for children with HIV/AIDs.
Provides HIV and HCV screening in substance use clinics across the state.
Southern AIDS Coalition
Works to end the HIV and STI epidemics in the South by promoting accessible and high-quality systems of prevention, treatment, care, housing, and essential support services.
The Center for HIV Law & Policy
Covers current state laws on HIV-specific criminal laws, state guidelines for health care workers with HIV, youth access HIV care and treatment, and HIV testing. Also advocates for policy change.
A Vision 4 Hope
Educates the community on HIV/AIDS awareness, helps people get back into care (Ryan White services), offers HIV testing, prevention workshops, and a support group. Also offers education and support for the LGBT community and a food pantry.
Offers free STD testing locations and education.
Promotes emotional and physical wellness by providing mental health, substance use counseling, support services, and sexual health education.
Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition
Engages with grassroots advocacy, research, and direct services to those made vulnerable by drug use, sex work, overdose, gender, STIs, HIV, hepatitis, and other communicable diseases. All services are free of charge. AHRC utilizes a Harm Reduction model to serve its clients.
Empowerment Resource Center
Provides programs, services, and community-related solutions that improve the health-related quality of life.
H.Y.P.E. to Empower
Serves marginalized young people living with HIV and their families, and seeks to build and grow programs that empower youth to succeed individually and flourish as leaders in their communities.
He Is Valuable, Inc.
Addresses sexual health, mental health, relationship development, community building and other issues faced by the black queer male community.
Provides permanent housing for Atlanta’s low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Making a Way Housing
Provides safe affordable housing to individuals that are homeless, recovering from substance abuse, or living with HIV/AIDS and mental illness.
Out of the Closet
Thrift stores which donate 96 cents for each dollar made into HIV care and services provided by AHF. The stores also act as free HIV-testing locations. Out of the Closet accepts large and small donations and offers a pickup service for large items.
Pets Are Loving Support (PALS)
Provides ongoing care and support to the pets of the elderly and persons living with disabilities due to HIV/AIDS and terminal illnesses so that pets and their owners may continue to live together.
Positive Impact Health Centers
Offers client-centered care for the HIV community. Grant funding enables most services to be provided on a sliding fee basis.
Offers free HIV testing, health education and prevention, policy and advocacy, research, and workshops.
The Partnership of Greater Atlanta
Serves those living with HIV, at risk of becoming HIV positive and the community by providing services, links to care, advocacy, HIV education, prevention, and outreach.
To Our Shores, Inc.
Provides HIV/AIDS testing and medical services.
Helps adults struggling with homelessness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and mental illnesses face immediate challenges through housing needs, daily meals, structure environment, substance abuse education, employment assistance, community outreach opportunities, spirituality groups, random drug screenings, individual evaluation and assessment, work ethic, referral network, mentoring, and advocacy.
HIV & AIDS Resources
AIDS Education & Training Center Program Southeast
Quick Reference Materials
Understanding HIV In Your Area
LGBT Resources – Health Resource Guide (Atlanta)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Housing & Financial Management
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Georgia Department of Public Health
Georgia HIV Programs
Georgians for a Healthy Future
Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
A Handy Guide to Some of Atlanta’s HIV Resources
HIV: The Long View
HIV: The Long View
The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS
National Association of Social Workers
Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS
The Love Guide Community Resources
South Atlanta Community Resource Guide
Community Resource Guide: South Atlanta Cluster
STD Testing in Atlanta, Georgia