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EPIDEMIOLOGY

Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Trasmitted Diseases

  The Pasco County Epidemiology Division offers many services. Among these you will find:

  • Prevention, Education, and Information on reportable Communicable diseases, Rabies, Lead, Bio-Medical Waste, and Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Provide rabies vaccine education and ordering instructions to physicians when required
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Control, Education, and Information, as well as a Prevention Program
  • HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention, Testing and Counseling, and Outreach program
  • AIDS Patient Care and Case Management
  • Community Education Services
  • Health Care Provider In-Service Training Programs and Consultation Services

  Current Information about Rabies Protocol for Providers

If you are a health professional needing to report a communicable illness or hazardous incident and it is after normal business hours, a weekend or holiday  please call: 727-257-1177 (pager)  or 727-815-4088 (answering service)

 


 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STD clients are seen in an integrated clinic and are tested for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV  We offer case management and partner notification. 

Female clients are provided Pap smear testing if needed.  

 

HIV/AIDS medical and case management services are offered at our Dade City and New Port Richey locations.

 

13941 15th Street, Dade City, FL - (352) 521-1450

10841 Little Road, New Port Richey - (727) 861-5260

 



The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County HIV Testing

             The first case of AIDS was reported in 1981.  At the time it was reported as a new virus that destroyed the immune system.  Since then about 1.8 million people in the US have been infected with over 650,000 deaths reported.  About 1.1 million people in the US are living with the HIV virus.  Treatment advances in HIV care have substantially reduced HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality and extended the lives of many.  The number of new HIV infections is down from its peak in the 1980s but about 16% those infected with HIV don't know it.  HIV testing is important for prevention and treatment.  Many people with HIV are not in care, on treatment or virally suppressed.  Being virally suppressed is the point where the virus is under control and a person can lead a healthy life and REDUCE the rate of transmission.  Routine HIV testing is recommended for all people ages 13-64.            

New HIV infections are concentrated in U.S. metropolitan areas (81% in 2011) with New York, Los Angeles and Miami in the lead. In 2011 Florida was ranked number 2 in the nation for new HIV infections.   

HIV Testing is offered at most of the The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County sites and is included with some of the core services such as Family Planning, Prenatal and STD Screening.    Individual HIV testing is also offered.  For information on individual testing please call an area site for details. 

 Anonymous HIV Testing is offered at the New Port Richey and Dade City sites ONLY for a flat fee.  For an appointment call either of those sites. 

  The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County in Outreach HIV Testing

    The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County Outreach Program offers HIV testing at various community sites.  Rapid Testing is offered at some of these sites.  For information on our Outreach Testing call 727-861-4425 Ext.1015 or 352-521-1450 Ext. 346.;

  The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County offers a clinic for HIV/AIDS positive patients

The clinic is staffed with Board Certified Infectious Disease physician, two experienced advanced registered nurse practitioners, a Registered Nurse, social worker and ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) coordinator.  Exams, labs and medications for HIV/AIDS treatment are offered.  Most Medicaid plans are accepted.  For patients without any insurance the clinic has a Ryan White Grant and the ADAP program so that care can be available.   Patients must go through screening guidelines to be eligible for the clinic.  For information call 727-861-5250 Ext. 246 or Ext. 175 (New Port Richey) or 352-521-1450 (Dade City). 

 

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