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HIV / AIDS Program

There are many families in Florida with children whose lives have been touched by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The Children's Medical Services Network (CMSN) Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program provides services to babies, children, teens and youth, ages 0 through 20 years old who have been exposed to or diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Through CMSN, eligible children can receive a variety of services to help promote and improve healthy lifestyles and living with HIV/AIDS including:

  • medical evaluations and treatment
  • social services
  • care coordination
  • nutritional counseling

Educational programs are available to children and their families to learn more about HIV/AIDS and issues specifically related to children and families whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS.

These services are provided by a network of pediatric infectious disease specialists and referral centers, as well as community-based clinics, around the state. The HIV/AIDS Referral Centers are located in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami, with satellite clinics at ten additional locations throughout Florida.

CMSN nurse care coordinators and social workers, located in 20 CMS Area Offices around the state, help families coordinate the complex medical care required by these children. This care includes services such as scheduling appointments, obtaining medicines, and providing educational resources to children and their families.

Eligibility

Children under the age of 21 years that have been exposed to or have HIV/AIDS are eligible to participate in the CMSN HIV/AIDS Program. To be enrolled in the CMS Network, children must meet the clinical and financial eligibility criteria mandated by Florida Statutes.

To find out if you are eligible to receive care from the CMSN HIV/AIDS Program, contact your child's primary care provider or your local CMS office.

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