Georgia health program targets HIV treatment, prevention in black women
A Georgia heath program is helping black women get treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
By doing so, SHE PREVAILS is seeking to cut down on the number of HIV cases in African American women.
“We want to help women become empowered to take care of their sexual health, to protect themselves, to negotiate complex relationships,” says the program’s director, Lara Stepleman, a psychologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. “The idea behind all of this it to help reduce HIV spread.”
Georgia has one of the highest rates of HIV in the nation, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women have a diagnosed that is 12 times that of white women in the state.
SHE PREVAILS is based in Augusta, Ga.
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