The HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Section (HAES) at the Georgia Department of Public Health, is responsible for managing the state HIV/AIDS surveillance system and conducting critical HIV/AIDS surveillance, investigation, and epidemiologic activities for the state of Georgia. It also provides data to reflect the scope of the epidemic in Georgia, actively guides data-driven planning and resource allocation, as well as evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of prevention programs and care treatment services.
The HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Section is authorized under Georgia Surveillance Law (O.C.G.A. §31-12-1) to conduct notifiable disease surveillance of HIV and AIDS. Public health surveillance activities are not subject to HIPPA restrictions.
Georgia has a dual reporting system that legally requires HIV/AIDS reporting by both health care providers and laboratories (O.C.G.A. §31-12-2(b)). All health care providers diagnosing and/or providing care to a patient with HIV have the obligation to report them using the HIV/AIDS Case Report Form. Case report forms have to be completed within seven (7) days of diagnosing a patient with HIV and/or AIDS or within seven (7) days of assuming care of an HIV positive patient who is new to the provider, regardless of whether the patient has previously received care elsewhere. All laboratories certified and licensed by the State of Georgia are required to report laboratory test results indicative of HIV infection, such as positive Western Blot results, all detectable and undetectable viral loads, all CD4 counts, and all viral nucleotide sequence results.
The HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Section reviews and analyzes reports from providers and laboratories regarding key statistics and combines information on AIDS cases, new HIV infections, modes of exposure by the population at risk for HIV infection, and behaviors and characteristics of people at high risk.
- To monitor the HIV/AIDS epidemic over time.
- To monitor perinatal exposure to HIV/AIDS infection in infants.
- To monitor clinical outcomes of patients who receive care from randomly selected HIV care providers.
- To monitor behaviors associated with HIV transmission.
- To collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate data on HIV/AIDS in a confidential and secure manner.
- To build HIV/AIDS epidemiology capacity in Georgia
- To provide HIV/AIDS Epidemiologic support for planning and evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs.
- To collaborate with national, state, and local entities in program collaboration and service integration.
HIV Epidemiology Unit Activities
HIV/AIDS Statistics and Reports
Out-of-state health care providers, laboratories, and other state health departments may contact Georgia HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Section at: 1-800-827-9769 for more information.
Note: These pages contain HIV prevention messages that may be considered controversial by some readers.