The mission of AID Atlanta is to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life of its client members and the community by breaking barriers and building community.
AID Atlanta, Inc. has been saving and transforming lives since its inception in 1982. The agency was founded as a “grass-roots” response to the devastating and fatal impact HIV/AIDS was having on the Atlanta community. AID Atlanta quickly began expanding to offer a broad range of services and has since grown to be the Southeast’s oldest, largest, most comprehensive AIDS Service Organization. Client programs and services account for 86% of our organizational expenses. AID Atlanta has proven itself the leader in the fight against the AIDS epidemic in metro Atlanta.
Client Services (4,006 served): AID Atlanta’s Client Services improves health outcomes as measured by reduced viral loads and higher CD4 counts (1) the two key indicators of health for those who are HIV-positive. This is accomplished by offering a comprehensive suite of programs designed to work in concert with one another to improve health, provide basic needs, address mental health issues, and improve quality of life. As the sole provider of HIV medical case management services in the metro Atlanta area, AID Atlanta’s case managers are strategically placed at 17 easy-to-access locations throughout the metro area and ensure immediate linkage to and long-term retention in primary medical care. As a means to facilitate optimum health, AID Atlanta Client Services address barriers to medical care including: lack of affordable and safe housing; poverty; substance abuse and mental health disorders; poor nutrition; disparate health access; and health illiteracy.
Primary Health Care Clinic (429 served): AID Atlanta provides primary medical care and HIV treatment regimens to those who are HIV-positive allowing patients to remain healthy longer. Success is demonstrated with 93% of patients having viral loads below levels of detection, significantly better than the national average. Providing services to those most in need, those who are under- or uninsured and living very near or under the poverty level, the clinic offers primary medical care in an environment where medical providers and patients collaborate to develop comprehensive plans to achieve and maintain optimal health. The array of services includes: primary medical care, medications and antiretroviral therapy, ancillary services, and access to clinical trials.
HIV Prevention Education (53,299 served): AID Atlanta offers comprehensive HIV prevention education programs designed to reduce the number of new HIV infections and help people live longer healthier lives. In addition to averted HIV infections, indicators of success are 6,185 people being tested for HIV facilitating linkage to medical care for 224 newly diagnosed individuals and STD screening to 1,160 people with 279 being treated for an STD. AID Atlanta facilitates 13 distinct prevention programs, each targeting a specific at-risk population.
 Wilmore, S., Culyba, R, Whyte, K., Carty, K. (2010). Reduced Viral Load Burden Among Ryan White Medical Case Management Clients in the Southeast, presented jointly by Emory University School of Medicine Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center and Fulton County Government Ryan White Part A Program (Study used AID Atlanta case managed clients to show effectiveness.
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