Director of Georgia’s HIV unit to resign

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imageThe director of the state’s HIV prevention program has resigned after little more than a year on the job, continuing a troubling record for the unit’s top leadership post.

Raphael Holloway’s resignation is effective Sept. 4, according to Southern Voice.

The HIV unit, which is under the state’s Department of Community Health, offered little explanation when pressed about the resignation by SoVo. The department’s communications director offered a brief statement to the newspaper:

“Mr. Holloway’s resignation as director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program goes into effect September 4. Georgia’s HIV program will continue to maintain our commitment to the citizens of Georgia by developing and nurturing relationships with community partners, engaging those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, informing Georgia’s citizens of our services, and ensuring that the highest quality of HIV/AIDS prevention and care services are available to Georgians.”

The HIV program was without a director for nearly two years until June 2006 when it hired Renee Ross, who in turn resigned two years later before Holloway came on board, SoVo reports.

The shakeup in the HIV program comes as a recent study shows that of the 48 U.S. counties with the highest rate of HIV infection, 25 of them are in Georgia. Additionally, Fulton County has the highest prevalence of HIV among metro Atlanta counties.

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