Jobs for Preventing HIV Get Cut Throughout Georgia
January 17, 2012
The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is cutting 26 HIV prevention positions statewide after losing federal funding for their salaries.
Of the 26 positions, 20 are in regional health districts serving about half of the state's residents living with HIV/AIDS, Smith said. The Macon-based, 13-county North Central Health District (NCHD) is set to lose two positions by month's end, though the state is working to transfer the employees, said Ronnie Boone, infectious-diseases supervisor for NCHD. One employee is a clerical worker who also serves as the district HIV/AIDS treatment clinic's Spanish-language translator. He will be moved to another job in public health but will no longer be able to translate for the clinic, said Dr. David Harvey, NCHD's director.
The second employee, who is set to retire in April, worked on partner notification, HIV field testing, and testing supervision. The cuts will not result in HIV-positive people going unserved, said Harvey, but, "It will just take us longer to get there."
The state expects to preserve some of the district jobs beyond Jan. 15, Smith said.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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