The HIV Epidemic is one of the biggest issues the Atlanta health sector has been seeing in recent times and the CDC apparently has a clear plan to address the same. Compared to other states, Georgia is home to a huge number of people who are infected by HIV and the agency wants to change this. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta has set some clear-cut goals for the upcoming years as well.
As per these goals, the CDC would be striving to reduce the number of HIV-infected people by 90% in the next decade’s time while the next five years would see the reduction by 75%. According to the statistics, around 50,000 HIV-infected people are living in Georgia, making it one of the highest populated when it comes to a category like this.
There is no doubt that such a long-term project would need intensive funding from the government if it has to make a noticeable change. “It’s a nice thing to want, but we need to put resources behind that want. And we’re talking about a lot of money,” Timothy Webb, who is the person behind the CDC program and an HIV patient himself, was quoted saying.
Now that there is funding from President as well, the efforts to address the epidemic would be lifted to the new heights. “A number of jurisdictions have actually worked together to develop plans to try to begin to end this epidemic. We obviously will be working very closely with the medical and public health community of Georgia and Atlanta area to see how we can augment and operationalize that plan,” said CDC director.
While experts believe that there is sufficient technological support available for the process, the aspects of political and societal support are still worrisome for most.