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Georgia: Cobb Cases of HIV on Rise

August 2, 2012

The number of HIV/AIDS patients being seen by Cobb County's HIV clinic has grown almost 20 percent since 2010, reflecting the area's growing and increasingly diverse population, say state and local officials. Cobb provides HIV care through its public health department, which also covers Douglas County.

The number of patients at the HIV clinic has grown from 628 in 2010 to likely 750 patients by year's end, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Cobb's HIV clinic is one of 32 run by GDPH.

"When I first got here in 1996, we had 80 clients," said Dr. Africa Alvarez-McLeod, medical director at the clinic. "We are now seeing many patients come to us with advanced [stage] disease and other diseases that need treatment immediately."

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