About AID Atlanta
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. The mission of AID Atlanta is to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life of its members and the community by breaking barriers and building community. 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.
HIV Prevention Education: AID Atlanta offers comprehensive HIV prevention education programs designed to reduce the number of new HIV infections and help people live longer healthier lives. We tested 6,814 people for HIV and facilitated linkage to medical care for 92% of the people who tested positive (152 newly diagnosed individuals). AID Atlanta facilitates 13 distinct prevention programs, each targeting a specific at-risk population. We also manage the Georgia AIDS and STD infoline which fielded over 15,000 calls in 2012.
Client Services (3,119 served): AID Atlanta’s Client Services improves health outcomes as measured by reduced viral loads and higher CD4 counts, the two key indicators of health for those who are HIV-positive. Success is demonstrated with 54% of case-managed clients having viral loads below levels of detection, compared to the national average of 19%, and a 98% customer satisfaction rating. This is accomplished by offering a comprehensive suite of programs designed to work in concert with one another to increase 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 20-county 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 (358 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 83% of clients having viral loads below levels of detection. 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.
 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).