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HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

I found this article on Space.com and thought you would enjoy it!

An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that our star may soon start spouting off some powerful storms.

World of Coca-Cola Inside The Vault of the Secret Formula Mother's Day Giveaway

World of Coca-Cola Inside The Vault of the Secret Formula Mother's Day Giveaway

The Bluebird of Happiness has landed on liquid happiness. This Mother's day get a glimpse inside of "The Vault of the Secret Formula",  at the World of Coca-Cola. 
 

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

ATLANTA -- Last weekend's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was a big success in Georgia, with residents turning in an estimated 6,913 pounds of unwanted medication.

This number greatly exceeds the amount of drugs collected during the last take-back event in October, where Drug Enforcement Administration officials collected about 3,794 pounds.

Nationally, the event saw Americans turn in approximately 276 tons (552,161 pounds) of drugs.

"The Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign was a huge success," Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement. "This event was critical in stemming the tide of prescription drug abuse in this country."

Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County, East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) and Jewish Family and Career Services are collaborating to help caregivers with Crisis Support and care planning. During the workshop, caregivers will learn about available services, which include but are not limited to financial resources, in-home care solutions, mental health resources and case management.  Participants will be able to register for additional programs at this event.

The program takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA  30344.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Leslie Bridges at 404.762.2094.