New MAG ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses increase in HIV in Georgia    

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses HIV and an increase in the number of HIV infection cases in Georgia and other southeastern U.S. states.  

The guests include Danny Branstetter, M.D. – the medical director of infection prevention for Kennestone Medical Center and the WellStar Health System – and Scott Cutro, M.D., an infectious disease specialist with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. 

They discuss…

– The difference between HIV and AIDS
– How HIV can be transmitted and high-risk groups
– HIV infection rates in Georgia – and why there’s been an increase
– How HIV/AIDS care has changed in the last 20 years 
– Whether the outlook for HIV/AIDS patients has improved 
– Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and other ways to prevent HIV 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. A combination of two HIV medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine), sold under the name Truvada, is approved for daily use as PrEP to help prevent an HIV-negative person from getting HIV from a sexual or injection-drug-using partner who’s positive. Studies have shown that PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV if it is used as prescribed. PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken consistently.”

Dr. Branstetter serves as the vice chair of WellStar’s Quality Steering Committee. He has a medical degree from the University of Tennessee, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Emory, and he completed a fellowship in infectious disease at Vanderbilt University. It is also worth noting that Dr. Branstetter was on faculty with Emory University’s Infectious Diseases Department at Grady Memorial Hospital for three years. 

Most of Dr. Cutro’s outpatient work is focused HIV-positive patients, and he has a special interest in treating and preventing HIV/AIDS in urban areas. After earning a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Cutro completed his residency at Emory and a fellowship in infectious disease at New York University in New York City.

Between downloads and live listeners, MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ show has now reached more than 420,000 listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. The program is supported with a grant from the Alliant Health Group in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO. 

In addition to video recordings on Facebook, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotify, and Stitcher.

Resources

Federal HIV/AIDS web page

CDC HIV/AIDS web page

CDC ‘HIV Basics’ web page

Georgia DPH HIV/AIDS web page

Positive Impact Health Centers