HIV infection diagnoses in Fulton County, where Fairburn, GA, is a city, have escalated in recent years, from a prevalence rate of 9,703 reported in both 2014 and 2015 to 13, 544 per 100,000 persons in 2020.
Statistical data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP) showed a spike in the rate of Chlamydia infections from 626.5 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 1,002.0 in 2019. Among females, those aged 15 to 29 years accounted for 84.7%.
The rate of Gonorrhea infections showed fluctuations, increasing from 245.7 per 100,000 individuals to 420.7 in 2014 and 2017, respectively, followed by a 13.1% decrease to 365.7 in 2019.
Syphilis infections in the county remained fairly constant between 2015 and 2018, recorded at 129.0 and 130.2, respectively. However, this was followed by an upward surge in 2019 to a rate of 152.5 per 100,000 persons, reflecting a 17.1% increase.
The Georgia Department of Public Health, through its Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA), partners with local health districts, community-based organizations, and hospitals to deliver comprehensive prevention and care services to county and city residents. The department also coordinates an Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan aimed at improving access to testing and timely treatment and care, reducing HIV-related health disparities, and preventing new infections.
Planned Parenthood – East Atlanta Health Center, UC Urgent Care, and Select Specialty Hospital – Midtown Atlanta are some of the health care facilities that city dwellers can visit to access STD/HIV screening services.
Some city hospitals offer free STD testing, but access to services could be dependent on income and welfare eligibility, and results might not be immediate.