Georgia CAPUS Portal Updated with New Features to Advance HIV/AIDS Care

September 30, 2015

Individuals seeking HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention information in Georgia now have the ultimate resource to assist them. The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) HIV Prevention Program is proud to introduce its improved online resource hub for Georgia CAPUS (Care and Prevention in the United States) at www.GaCAPUS.com.

Focused on better serving patients and increasing access to resources, the revamped Georgia CAPUS portal now displays a modern design, educational content about HIV/AIDS, expanded resources and other features that efficiently connect users to HIV care and testing services.

While many sections of the CAPUS website now boast new visuals and improved functionality, the primary goal and purpose of the CAPUS portal remains the same – to retain more people in HIV care, encourage increased HIV testing and reduce the stigma cast on those impacted by this disease. 

“Our primary goal when redesigning the CAPUS portal was to ensure we provided ample information to anyone impacted by HIV – whether they are patients, providers, local organizations or family members,” said LaTonya White, CAPUS project manager, DPH Division of Information Technology Project Management Office. “Living with HIV, and reducing the spread of the disease, is truly a community effort, so it’s important to us that every CAPUS portal user feels more informed, educated and empowered after visiting the website.”

Updates users will now find on the CAPUS portal include:

  • Expanded Resource Hub: The updated resource directory displays an interactive map where users can search for a variety of health and lifestyle resources by zip code – everything from HIV testing locations and food resources to transportation, mental health support, health providers and more.
  • HIV/AIDS Timeline and Education: The updated portal features a timeline that chronologically profiles major developments and popular culture moments from the past 30 years that brought HIV/AIDS to the forefront in America. Additionally, new educational content featuring HIV/AIDS facts, myths and misconceptions is also featured on the site. 
  • Ryan White History: In addition to continuing to offer pre-screening for individuals seeking Ryan White services, the site now features information about Ryan White’s legacy and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, a public health initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support citizens who do not have sufficient resources to cope with HIV and AIDS.   
  • Mobile compatibility: The updated CAPUS portal makes it easier than ever for users to access the site anywhere with a layout that is more compatible with mobile and tablet devices.

Currently, there are more than 50,000 people living in Georgia who are HIV positive. One in five HIV positive individuals do not know they are HIV positive. With the updates, the Georgia CAPUS portal will remain one of the state’s most effective tools in connecting HIV positive Georgians to care and treatment.

The Georgia CAPUS project is a three-year cross-agency demonstration project lead by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at reducing HIV and AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. Georgia is one of only eight states to receive funding to implement the CAPUS project.                                                   

View the enhanced Georgia CAPUS portal today at www.GaCAPUS.com. Visit DPH online to learn more about CAPUS and its HIV Prevention Program

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