This has been a year of change and growth for AID Atlanta. The one constant has been our ability to provide free HIV testing, education and outreach programs, medical care and client case management services to thousands of people annually for the past thirty-one years. Now more than ever, we need those services to continue.
When it comes to HIV, Georgia, and especially the metro Atlanta region, suffers from extraordinarily high rates of HIV prevalence and transmission. In 2009, 25 of the 48 U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of the disease were in Georgia. Just minutes south of our state capitol and nestled in the shadow of the Georgia Dome, the zip codes 30310 (3.2%) and 30314 (3.5%) have average HIV prevalence rates that rival or exceed those of countries that provide little to no access to health care for many of its citizens. Those neighborhoods have around three times the rates of Haiti (1.1%) and Thailand (1.2%). They top the rate of Rwanda (2.9%) and rival Nigeria’s rate (3.7%). And nearly 70% of Georgians living with HIV/AIDS live here in the Metro Atlanta area; they are our friends and neighbors.
Though we receive a good portion of our budget from Federal Ryan White funds and some state and local grant programs, none of our more than 20 programs are fully funded from a single grant. In addition, we know that more cuts are coming due to sequestration and changes in funding due to the Affordable Care Act. We have to make up the gap in order to continue the essential services we provide for people in need. Between now and the end of the year we must raise an additional $50,000 in individual gifts. We need your support to meet our goals.
With current pledges, we are at $25,000 -
CAN WE COUNT ON YOU?