It's a New Day in Public Health.
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
Have COVID-19 questions? Visit our new COVID-19 and HIV page for info on relaxed eligibility requirements, protecting yourself, and more.
Do you know your HIV status? To learn about testing and even get a free at-home test kit, visit KnowYourHIVStatus.com.
Do you want to prevent HIV? Get PrEP’d!
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day increases awareness, sparks conversations, and highlights the work being done to reduce HIV among women and girls in the United States while showing support for those with HIV.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually on March 20. NNHAAD increases awareness, starts conversations, and spotlights the work being done to reduce HIV among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and show support for people with HIV in these communities.
HIV/AIDS is a life-threatening disease that attacks the body's immune system and leaves a person vulnerable to opportunistic infections. Because there is no cure, reducing the transmission of HIV while minimizing its effect on those living with HIV is critical.
The Florida Department of Health has identified reducing transmission of HIV as one of its seven priority goals.
To achieve this goal, Florida has adopted a comprehensive strategic approach to prevent HIV transmission and strengthen patient care activities which will greatly reduce the risk of further transmission of HIV from those diagnosed and living with HIV.
Florida’s Plan to Eliminate HIV Transmission and Reduce HIV-related Deaths
Four Key Components
- Implement routine HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) screening in health care settings and priority testing in non-health care settings
- Provide rapid access to treatment and ensure retention in care (Test and Treat)
- Improve and promote access to antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP)
- Increase HIV awareness and community response through outreach, engagement, and messaging
Read on to learn more about each component and and related resources.
Everyone between the ages of 13–64 should have an HIV test in their lifetime. Those with ongoing risks should be tested more frequently by their healthcare provider, as should pregnant women, who should be tested in their first and third trimester.
Talk with your healthcare provider or locate a testing site near you by visiting KnowYourHIVStatus.com.
Are you working in a healthcare setting? Recent changes in Florida law do not require separate, informed consent for HIV testing in a healthcare setting.
Learn more through the Model Protocol for HIV Counseling Testing in Health Care Settings available in our Counseling & Testing Resources.
Are you providing HIV testing in a non-clinical setting? Florida law requires separate informed consent for non-clinical settings.
Learn more through the Model Protocol for HIV Counseling Testing in Non-Health Care Settings available in our Counseling & Testing Resources.
In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services updated the HIV Treatment Guidelines to recommend that antiretroviral therapy be initiated as soon as possible, regardless of CD4 T-cell count or HIV viral load.
Several research studies have now proven that persons living with HIV who stay in care and takes antiretroviral medications every day to suppress HIV (viral load suppression, <200 copies/mL), have effectively no risk of transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.
Test & Treat is a program where the following occurs for a newly diagnosed individual or a person returning to care:
- Immediate linkage to a clinician who can provide the following in a culturally-appropriate manner:
- Access to antiretroviral medications
- Medical assessments
- Education on what HIV is and how one can manage HIV and live healthy
- Linkage to an agency that can provide case management to assist the individual with accessing available resources in the community.
Patient Care Resources
You can also learn more about HIV medical and support services in your area by contacting the Florida AIDS Hotline.
- In English: 1-800-FLA-AIDS or 1-800-352-2437
- En Espanol: 1-800-545-SIDA
- In Creole: 1-800-AIDS-101
And you can visit KnowYourHIVStatus.com to learn more about living well with HIV.
PrEP and nPEP are both part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy which involve the use of antiretroviral medications to reduce the risk of HIV transmission to HIV-negative individuals.
Learn more on our PrEP and PEP page.
Knowledge and understanding of HIV, prevention strategies, and available resources to live healthy are critical to reducing HIV in Florida. Approximately 15 Floridians are diagnosed with HIV every day.
The Florida Department of Health offers numerous HIV prevention strategies to benefit the health of Florida’s communities. Learn more and join our growing network of grassroots HIV educators.
Florida has two AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs), which provide comprehensive resources for health care providers in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS:
- North Florida AETC with the University of Florida Health
- South Florida AETC with the University of Miami Medical School
More than three decades after the first HIV diagnoses were made, stigma remains a barrier to addressing HIV in the U.S. Learn more about HIV-related stigma and how to address it in your community with the CDC's Let's Stop HIV Together campaign.