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Half of Atlanta’s newly diagnosed HIV patients have AIDS, study finds

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Grady Hospital just started a routine testing program for HIV patients in 2013, and already, Atlanta is ranked number 1 in U.S. cities for its rate of new diagnoses of HIV.

The problem is that HIV testing is not routinely available where most people go for health care. And even though Grady is the only emergency department in Atlanta to offer the program, there are 50 other places people can go to get tested.

“Despite that, there are patients who aren't going to get those tests. And they aren't going for a decade,” said Dr. Abigail Hankin-Wei to WABE.

These patients who go undiagnosed can and often will develop AIDS, despite the fact that it takes 8 to 10 years for HIV to develop into AIDS when it is untreated. By the time patients in Atlanta are diagnosed, one third will have advanced to clinical AIDS.

Read more at The Grio

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