Women's Health

Women’s HIV Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around a quarter of people living with HIV in the United States are women.  Although the annual number of HIV diagnosis among women have declined in recent years, certain ethnicities are still disproportionately affected.

Georgia currently ranks second in the rate of HIV diagnoses among adults and adolescents in the US. The burden of HIV/AIDS among Georgian women is fueled by an array of factors related to socioeconomic status, cultural, stigma and access to quality care. The problem is exacerbated when factors such as gender inequality, poverty, intimate partner and domestic violence are included.

The Office of HIV/AIDS is currently developing a strategic plan to address some of the social and structural causes of HIV infection in women. The plan will identify our overarching objectives, define our goals, and outline specific action steps the Office of HIV/AIDS will take for improving HIV prevention services for women in Georgia.

Please bookmark this page and be on the lookout for more details about our upcoming strategic plan, women’s resources and events for women in Georgia. 

To learn more about Women’s Health related resources, services, and upcoming events, please contact Rochelle Rich at 404-657-3110 or by email at Rochelle.Rich@dph.ga.gov.

Perinatal HIV Program

Georgia first adopted the Fetal Infant Mortality Rate (FIMR) model back in 2013 with the goal to improve Perinatal HIV prevention systems and identify missed opportunities of care after birth by using the FIMR case review and community action process. Based on the outcomes of FIMR, Georgia is now focusing on the socioeconomic issues that affect pregnant HIV positive women by developing a new program to eliminate perinatal transmission of HIV before birth.

The goal of reaching and sustaining elimination of perinatal transmission of HIV in Georgia is within reach. In the United States, New York, Illinois, and Florida have demonstrated successful reduction rates of mother to child transmission of HIV through their Perinatal HIV program that focus on perinatal case management, HIV testing, and provider education.

Georgia Department of Public Health, Health Protection/HIV Unit is developing a new program to focus on reducing perinatal transmission of HIV before birth as well as monitor, assess, and improve perinatal systems of care for HIV positive pregnant women/postpartum women and their infants.

Introducing the Georgia law §31-17-4.2

The Georgia law §31-17-4.2 mandates that all pregnant women be tested for Syphilis and HIV in the first and third trimesters of their pregnancy. The law was passed in 2015 and is based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation for 3rd trimester testing in areas with high rates of syphilis and HIV.

It is extremely important to FOLLOW THIS LAW. With the practice of this law, Georgia can reach ZERO perinatal transmission cases of congenital syphilis and HIV.

Please share with your medical staff regarding the testing law.

Congenital Syphilis and HIV testing Law in Georgia.pdf 

Emory Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultation Hotline

Please call 470-303-3666 to reach Emory Pediatric Infectious Disease for perinatal HIV-related medical consultation. 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Related Files
Perinatal HIV Hotline PDF.pdf (317.56 KB)
Pregnancy, Childbirth, & Breastfeeding and HIV PDF.pdf (1004.42 KB)

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Perinatal HIV, please contact Rhonda Harris, HIV Perinatal Coordinator, by email at Rhonda.Harris1@dph.ga.gov or call 404-657-3123.


Page Last Updated 3/12/2018