A Letter from our Atlanta Ambassador
I often get asked about how I started doing this work. I must say that never in a million years would I have thought I would be advocating for those affected by HIV?AIDS. This work is definitely “heart” work and I’ve found myself standing alongside women and families affected by the disease wearing the same scarlet letter at times- being guilty by association. At the end of the day I continue to fight the good fight, raise awareness, and educate the masses; simply because “her life- your life matters”.
The rate of HIV infection is high in the metro Atlanta area. Georgia ranked 4th in the number of new AIDS cases in 2005, 6th in cumulative AIDS cases in 2010, and 5th in the number of diagnoses of HIV infection in 2011 in the United States. Within metro Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb counties have the highest HIV infection rates.
Other statistics include:
- While African Americans make up 29% of Georgia’s population, they represent 77% of new AIDS cases in Georgia and 63% of all existing AIDS cases in Atlanta were among this group
- African American women account for 87% of all women with AIDS in Atlanta
- 50% of new HIV infections are occurring in youth 16-24 years old