Georgia’s Department of Public Health is cutting 26 state HIV prevention jobs based on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strategy of concentrating prevention efforts in the 12 U.S. jurisdictions that have the highest rates, including Atlanta, The Telegraph reports. The State of Georgia will experience a $3.7 million reduction in funds for fighting HIV, which will lead to the elimination of jobs and resources in its regional health networks. However, this funding decrease is being offset by a $4.5 million direct grant to Fulton and DeKalb counties in and around Atlanta, where HIV rates are highest. Opponents of the funding realignment have argued that many of the 42,000 Georgians with HIV/AIDS who do not live in the Atlanta area may experience delays in being tested, getting services or being connected to care.

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