Do you have HIV, AIDS and need help? Are you afraid to ask for help? Are you unsure of where to get help? The Florida Department of Health, Section of HIV/AIDS is here to help you improve the quality of your life. The state of Florida offers a variety of confidential HIV/AIDS services. New treatments, medications and support mean longer, healthier lives for people with HIV. The more you know about this chronic illness, the more you’ll be able to work with your health care provider to manage your own health care. Everyone approaches HIV in a different way. Most people have a lot of questions about HIV (what it means, what to do about it, how long will I live, where to get treatment, etc.).
With over 1,500 registered HIV test sites, and well over 400,000 tests annually, Florida boasts one of the largest and most effective HIV testing programs in the country. To better serve all citizens and visitors to our state, Florida employs the latest HIV test technologies. Fourth generation HIV testing enables Florida’s HIV testing partners to identify HIV infection earlier in clients. Earlier detection helps ensure more effective linkages to care and services, providing the opportunity for better health outcomes. Learn more about fourth generation HIV testing in Florida.
Florida has been heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The state continues to rank third in the nation in the cumulative number of AIDS cases (126,581 in 2012) and second in the nation in the cumulative number of HIV cases (49,058 in 2012). The Florida Department of Health estimates that approximately 130,000 individuals are living with HIV disease in Florida. Of those persons living with HIV disease, 49% are black, 29% are white and 20% are Hispanic. Men represent 70% of the cases. Persons over the age of 45 years represent 60%.
More information on Florida data.
The Florida Department of Health has developed a comprehensive program for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and for providing care and treatment to those already infected. This comprehensive approach includes HIV surveillance, education, prevention, counseling, testing, care and treatment. For more information on these services.
This site is the first step in finding the answers to some of those questions, but it should NOT be the last stop. You will need to work very closely with your health care provider to decide what is right for you. Do you need HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral Sites?
*Have you been recently diagnosed and do not know where to go for information, referrals, and supportive counseling? 211 Big Bend
- ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program)
- Patient Care
- Minority Initiatives
- Our Leadership, HIV AIDS and Hepatitis Section Senior Management Team.
Contact the Florida AIDS Hotline at 1-(800) FLA-AIDS or 1-(800) 352-2437. En Espanol, 1-(800)-545-SIDA. In Creole, 1-(800)- AIDS-101. Or search for a
Counseling, Testing, and Referral Site near you.