The city of Atlanta is now receiving outside help with strategies to curve its HIV rates via a year of assistance from a non-profit organization know as FUSE.
FUSE’s reach is nationwide collaborating with local governments on urban boards’ greatest issues; together with climate change, healthcare, economic and workforce development, public safety, and education. The organization has had over 160 executive fellows in over 100 government agencies since 2012, their website boasts.
Atlanta has some of the highest rates of HIV in the country. In fact, some zip codes’ rate of infection is six to eight times the national average, according to a recent study done by Emory University. The city also has one of the highest per capita populations of those living with HIV in the nation. A 2018 report from Emory reads “By the time patients in Atlanta are diagnosed as HIV positive, about a quarter have AIDS, which means they have likely been living with the virus for eight to 10 years.”
In a press release from Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office, FUSE has provided the city with a fellow, Dr. Karterria Finkley, to “establish data gathering processes and expand opportunities for preventive programs and policies.”
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic has long plagued the people of Atlanta and disproportionately affects people of color and members of the LGBTQ community,” Bottoms said in the press release. “I sincerely thank the team at FUSE Corps for their generous support on this effort.”
We are glad to see the city is recommitting itself to combat HIV. COVID-19 has taken center stage in the last year, but we are now 40 years into the fight against HIV/AIDS epidemic and as of present day there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. 37.9 million people globally are living with HIV. Please practice safe sex and get tested often.
For more information on FUSE visit their website, www.fusecorps.org.