Capstone Health oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at Cobb & Douglas Public Health and is located in the Marietta Public Health Center.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides HIV-related services in the United States for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. The program fills gaps in care not met by other payers and works with cities, states, and local community-based organization to provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people each year.
Ryan White is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Federal funds are awarded to agencies located around the country, which in turn deliver care to eligible individuals under funding categories called Parts.
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More About HIV
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.
HIV damages a person’s body by destroying specific blood cells, called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases.
Within a few weeks of being infected with HIV, some people develop flu-like symptoms that last for a week or two, but others have no symptoms at all. People living with HIV may appear and feel healthy for several years. However, even if they feel healthy, HIV is still affecting their bodies. All people with HIV should be seen on a regular basis by a health care provider experienced with treating HIV infection. Many people with HIV, including those who feel healthy, can benefit greatly from current medications used to treat HIV infection. These medications can limit or slow down the destruction of the immune system, improve the health of people living with HIV, and may reduce their ability to transmit HIV.
Untreated early HIV infection is also associated with many diseases including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer. Support services are also available to many people with HIV. These services can help people cope with their diagnosis, reduce risk behavior, and find needed services.
AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection, when a person’s immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers. Before the development of certain medications, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Currently, people can live much longer – even decades – with HIV before they develop AIDS. This is because of “highly active” combinations of medications that were introduced in the mid 1990s.
No one should become complacent about HIV and AIDS. While current medications can dramatically improve the health of people living with HIV and slow progression from HIV infection to AIDS, existing treatments need to be taken daily for the rest of a person’s life, need to be carefully monitored, and come with costs and potential side effects. At this time, there is no cure for HIV infection. Despite major advances in diagnosing and treating HIV infection, in 2007, 35,962 cases of AIDS were diagnosed and 14,110 deaths among people living with HIV were reported in the United States.
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What is HIV/AIDS?
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. You may hear that someone is HIV infected, has HIV infection, or has HIV disease. These are all terms that mean the person has HIV in his or her body and can pass the virus to other people.
AIDS is a late stage of HIV disease. When a person has AIDS their CD4 Count (measures the strength of the immune system) falls below 200.
How many cases exist in Georgia?
Georgia is currently the 6th leading state in HIV cases with a rate of 410.3 persons per 100,000 population. In 2011, there were 18,535 HIV Cases and 23,451 AIDS Cases in the state.
How many cases of HIV/AIDS exist in Cobb and Douglas Counties?
In 2011, Georgia Department of Public Health reported that there were 1,087 cases of HIV and 1,312 cases of AIDS living in Cobb and Douglas Counties combined. An average of 73 new cases of HIV and 66 cases of AIDS are reported each year.
Is the HIV rate going up, down or is it static from the rates reported several years ago?
Overall, crude rates have steadily increased over the years in Cobb and Douglas Counties and in Georgia.
Is there an average HIV patient?
No, there is not an average HIV patient since the disease affects all races, ages, genders and socioeconomic levels.
Who is at risk for getting HIV?
Those at most risk are people who:
- Have “unprotected sex” with someone who has HIV. Unprotected sex means vaginal, anal, or oral sex without using a condom.
- Share needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs, steroids, or even vitamins or medicine with someone who has HIV.
- Work in health care and maintenance workers who may be exposed to blood and/or body fluids at work sometimes get infected through on-the-job exposures like needle-stick injuries.
- Babies can potentially become infected during their mother’s pregnancy (if she is HIV+), during delivery, or immediately after birth. They can also become infected through breastfeeding.
Do you have one central clinic, or do you also have satellite locations to treat HIV?
Capstone Health, Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s (CDPH) HIV Program, is housed in the Marietta Health Center. Capstone Health provides comprehensive, primary care services and medications to an average of 700 patients per year. Capstone Health also provides social work, wellness and substance abuse counseling.
Where is Capstone Health located and what are the hours of operation?
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Ga. 30008
Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 1:00PM and 2:00PM – 4:30PM
(By appointment only)
We do not accept Walk-In Clients.
What are Capstone Health’s fees?
The cost of services depends on the number of people in your family and your income (a sliding fee scale).
What insurance do you accept for services?
Currently, Cobb & Douglas Public Health accepts these commercial insurance providers.
It is our policy to ensure that no person in the United States of American shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of our programs and activities.
Cobb & Douglas Public Health hereby gives public notice that it is the policy of all departments to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1987 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.
Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint with Cobb & Douglas Public Health. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Title VI Coordinator. For more information, please call (770) 514-2300 and ask to speak with the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Title VI Coordinator. A PDF version of the Title VI Complaint Form is available by clicking here.