Stigma still a barrier on National HIV Testing Day

The Metro Atlanta area ranks third in new HIV diagnoses in the nation in 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC)

National HIV Testing Day is being recognized throughout the nation on Thursday.

As the U.S. is working to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, metro Atlanta ranks third in the nation for new HIV diagnoses.

On Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Rose Scott talks with guests about several HIV-related topics, including combating the barriers and stigma that stop people from getting tested and staying in treatment after being diagnosed.

 First, Dr. Maisha Standifer, the director of Population Health for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, talks with Scott about how HIV and AIDS disproportionately impacts Black women and what’s been done to address the health disparity.

Then, Patrick Sullivan, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, discusses the findings of a nationwide HIV self-testing program.

Lastly, DeWayne Ford, the director of HIV Services for AID Atlanta, discusses how his organization is working to prevent and stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.