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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Formation of Medical Advisory Committee on World AIDS Day

Post Date:12/01/2017 1:17 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Anne Torres, Director
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Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2017

 

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Formation of Medical Advisory Committee on World AIDS Day

Nine-member committee will provide guidance to Mayor on public health concerns

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed announced today the formation of a Mayor’s Medical Advisory Committee to address public health concerns in the City of Atlanta.  The committee will provide guidance to the Office of the Mayor and the Atlanta City Council on key health issues that may impact the City and its employees including HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  In addition, the committee will also work with partnering agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Georgia Health Department and Fulton County Health Department to provide healthcare information to Atlanta residents.  The committee will include community-based physicians and healthcare providers.  

“On World AIDS Day and throughout the year, it is vitally important that residents have the information and resources they need to get tested and know their status,” said Mayor Reed. “The creation of the Medical Advisory Committee is an important step forward in our efforts to combat diseases including HIV/AIDS and other serious conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I am grateful to the physicians and healthcare experts who generously donated their time to this important initiative and I look forward to working with them on these pressing public health issues.” 

Mayor Reed will also designate a committee chairperson who will serve as Surgeon General for the Office of the Mayor.  The position will be a volunteer appointment. 

“We all have a part to play in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Atlanta,” said Yvonne Cowser Yancy, Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources. “The creation of this advisory committee will help to ensure that the Mayor’s Office and citizens of Atlanta receive the education, resources and awareness needed to address important health challenges in our community.” 

According to the CDC, one in 51 Georgians will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime and in 2015, Georgia was ranked fifth highest in the nation for total number of adults and adolescents living with HIV infection.  Among the 18 Public Health Districts in Georgia, Fulton and DeKalb had the highest numbers and rates of persons living with HIV infection. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of persons living with HIV infection in 2015 resided in the Atlanta, Metropolitan Statistical Area.  

In addition, other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and syphilis have increased within the City at an alarming rate. According to a recent report by the CDC, Georgia ranked among the top five states in the U.S. with the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. 

The Medical Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Mayor for a two-year term.  All members of the committee are expected to be appointed by December 31, 2017.

 

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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