HIV Patient Resources in Atlanta, GA
Private HIV/ AIDS Program Medical Providers
Dr. Zandraetta Tims Cook, MD, MPH
Faebris Medical & Community Education
2193 Cascade Road, SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Tel: 844-884-9691 Ext 0
Ryan White HIV/ AIDS Program Medical Providers
A list of Ryan White HIV/ AIDS Program Medical Providers within a 50-mile radius of downtown Atlanta. These offices have the staffing capacity to treat HIV/ AIDS, including care to persons who do not have health insurance.
ST. JOSEPH'S MERCY CARE SERVICES
424 Decatur St SE
Atlanta, GA, 30312-1848
EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MIDTOWN
550 Peachtree St NE FL 7
Atlanta, GA, 30308-2212
GRADY HEALTH SYSTEM PONCE DE LEON CENTER
341 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30308-2012
AHF MIDTOWN ATLANTA HEALTHCARE CENTER
735 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30308-1416
POSITIVE IMPACT HEALTH CENTERS INC
1117 W Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-3608
1605 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-2433
DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
445 Winn Way
Decatur, GA, 30030-1707
AHF LITHONIA HEALTHCARE CENTER
5700 Hillandale Dr Ste 100
Lithonia, GA, 30058-4104
CLAYTON, COUNTY OF
1117 Battlecreek Rd
Jonesboro, GA, 30236-2407
MARIETTA PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER
1650 County Services Pkwy SW
Marietta, GA, 30008-4010
POSITIVE IMPACT HEALTH CENTERS INC
3075 Breckinridge Blvd Ste 415
Duluth, GA, 30096-4981
HAVEN OF HOPE
770 Greison Trl Ste H
Newnan, GA, 30263-6401
Most of the times, there are no skin problems whatsoever. However, in rare instances HIV medications can cause skin changes. Emtricitabine, which is in Truvada and many single-tablet regimens, can cause darkening of the skin, mainly on the palms and soles. This may happen in 2% of people and is not harmful. Others may cause a fleeting rash.
Usually not, but HIV medications can cause lipodystrophy. Lipodystrophy is when there is an abnormal accumulation of body fat on your body in places where you do not want it, like your upper back or abdomen. This was more commonly seen with the older HIV medications prescribed in the 1990s and early 2000s than with the newer medicines prescribed today. Protease inhibitors can cause diabetes and high cholesterol which, in turn, can cause weight gain.
Yes. HIV is carried in vaginal fluid. A man can get HIV through the opening (urethra), the foreskin, or any cuts or sores on the penis, when it comes into contact with HIV-positive vaginal fluid. Menstrual or “period” blood, also, carries HIV. Having sex while on your period may cause infected blood to enter through the opening of the penis or any cuts or sores on the penis. Receiving oral sex from a man who has any sores or cuts in his mouth can, also, cause him to get infected.
1 in 2500 men will acquire HIV from female-to-male transmission.
Yes, although it is very rare. The chances of spreading HIV from woman-to-woman are very low (negligible). However, unprotected exposure to HIV-infected vaginal fluids or “period” blood during oral sex or during the sharing of sex toys can spread HIV. The rough use of sex toys, to the point of causing bleeding, is a known contributor to the spread of HIV from one woman to another one.
No, you cannot and will not spread HIV to your family members or anyone else through everyday interaction and contact with them. HIV is spread only through the exchange of semen, vaginal fluid, rectal fluid, breast milk or blood. Only activities that involve the exchange of these bodily fluids will potentially transmit HIV between people. HIV is not spread in spit or saliva, nor in urine or tears. Therefore, you cannot spread HIV by using the same bathroom or dishes, hugging, closed-mouth kissing, or having a good, ugly cry with tears with your family members or friends.
Absolutely. You cannot spread HIV to a pet and a pet cannot give HIV to you or to anyone else. It is recommended that you avoid animal feces, animals less than 6 months old, and exotic pets, because these may transmit other infections that can cause severe illness.
Things to be aware of are:
• If your CD4 count is very low (less than 100), you may be at risk of getting an infection called Toxoplasmosis from cat feces or changing cat litter. Always wear gloves and take careful precautions when changing the cat litter.
• If your pet looks sick or has bad diarrhea, take it to a vet. Animals can carry other infections, such as: cryptosporidiosis or Mycobacterium avium complex, which can be harmful to you, especially when your CD4 count is low.
Absolutely. You can have an enjoyable and fulfilling sexual relationship with your partner. First, you must tell your partner that you are HIV-positive before you have sex with him or her. In many states, you can be charged with a crime if you do not disclose your HIV status to your partner prior to sex. If your partner is okay with continuing with sexual activity, then it is advised that you use condoms properly and every time that you have sex. It is, also, advised that you take HIV medicines so that you are undetectable and nearly incapable of giving HIV to your partner.
Yes and women do every day. You can safely plan a pregnancy so that you, your partner and your unborn baby have healthy outcomes. Many women who are HIV-positive have gotten pregnant naturally and delivered healthy babies where neither their partner nor their baby was infected with HIV. Be sure to speak to your health care provider before trying to get pregnant so this process can be planned for the benefit of your family.
No. Although artificial insemination will virtually eliminate the risk of HIV transmission from you to your partner, it is not your only option to get pregnant. There are other low-transmission-risk conception options that you may explore with your health care provider.
Yes. It is highly recommended that you take HIV medicines while pregnant to protect yourself and your unborn baby. Starting combination drugs early in pregnancy and during the birth process are ideal. Taking HIV medication to decrease your viral load to as low as possible will decrease the risk of giving HIV to your baby.
It is generally recommended that you continue taking the same medications as you were taking before becoming pregnant. However, there are some medications that should be avoided during pregnancy and your doctor may change you to a different combination of medicines during your pregnancy.
Globally, only about 2.8% of babies are born with birth defects believed to be from HIV medications. There are risks of preterm birth, small babies, and still birth, but these outcomes are often due to other circumstances, like limited nutrition.
a. Chen. Et al. (2012). Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy and Adverse Birth Outcomes Among HIV-Infected Women in Botswana. J Infect Dis.; 206(11): 1695–1705.
b. Ndirangu. Et al. (2012). Maternal HIV infection associated with small-for-gestational age infants but not preterm births: evidence from rural South Africa. Hum Reprod; 27(6): 1846–1856.
c. Williams. Et al. (2016). Congenital Anomalies and in utero Antiretroviral Exposure in HIV-exposed Uninfected Infants. JAMA Pediatr; 169(1): 48–55.
Yes. Being infected with HIV should not change your life’s plans and, with proper medication and treatment, you can live a healthy and normal life. You are legally obligated to tell your partner your HIV status if you plan on having a sexual aspect to your marriage or starting a family, but HIV does not change your opportunity to get married.
It is up to you. Some women are too ashamed to ever disclose their HIV status to anyone, especially their children. Other women want their children to be the first, if not only, people to know. You should know that you have no legal obligation to tell your children your HIV-positive status. However, telling your children may establish a valuable support system for you. Disclosing your status may, also, educate them on ways to protect themselves from HIV or help to erase the stigma associated with the infection.
Yes, you could go to jail if you know you are HIV-positive and do not tell your partner before you have sex with him or her. Many states, such as Georgia, carry a criminal penalty of up to 10 years in prison for not telling your partner that you have HIV before you potentially expose him or her to the infection. Even if you do not give them HIV; do everything you can to prevent giving them HIV; have an undetectable viral load; or use a condom, you still MUST tell your partner you are HIV-positive if you plan on having oral sex, anal sex, or penile-vaginal sex (or any other kind of sex).
It is recommended that you and your partner have a written and signed agreement between you that states that you are both aware of your HIV status and accepting of the transmission risks involved.
Yes, there are 2 FDA-approved options for prevention of HIV transmission from HIV-positive to HIV-negative persons who maintain a sexual relationship. These prevention options are called "PrEP," which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. One options is Truvada or "the other little blue pill" which should be taken by mouth every day. This is the only pill option available to persons who may acquire HIV through vaginal-receptive intercourse. If your HIV-negative partner is a man, he may take Truvada or another medicine called Descovy.
The newest PrEP options is called Apretude, an injectable, long-acting medication. This injection is done in your physician's office every 2 months and is safe and effective for women and men.
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we now know that people who are living with HIV do not respond as well to COVID-19 vaccines as HIV-negative people do. A study from the University of California, San Francisco matched 100 people with HIV infection to 100 people without HIV infection and compared the COVID-19 antibody levels between the 2 groups after they received both doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The odds of having no response to the vaccines was more than 2-fold greater in those living with HIV. The factors that seemed connected to a poorer response to vaccine was (1) having a low T cell count; (2) not being undetectable and (3) getting the Pfizer instead of the Moderna vaccine.
Each group had about 13 women each.
Spinelli M, et al. Abstract LB8. Presented at ID Week; Sept 29-Oct 3, 2021 (virtual meeting)