Dozens of people attended the luncheon and learned about the history, progression, treatment, and trends for HIV and AIDS.
Dr. Craig Smith facilitated the session and says that Southwest Georgia is not immune to HIV and AIDS. "Educating yourself about HIV and AIDS is the key. The other key is getting tested and knowing your status" says Smith.
Dr. Smith says a disturbing trend in Southwest Georgia is the disproportionately high number of new cases of HIV among black women ages 25-30. "Black females have the highest risk of infection and given Albany's racial demographics that means we have to take action now" says Smith.
The Dougherty County Health Department plans to host more HIV/AIDS awareness programs later this month.