The linkage program assists persons living with HIV that are aware of their status, persons who have newly tested HIV positive, and persons who are not currently accessing HIV/AIDS care. The program goal is to increase the number of people who know their HIV status, to increase the number of HIV positive persons linked to care, to increase the number of people retained in care and on antiretroviral therapy, and maintaining a suppressed viral load. The Linkage Team has worked to redefine the culture of those who serve HIV-infected persons, to enlist everyone in the spectrum of services, (case managers, medical providers, prevention providers, etc.) to link those with HIV to medical care. We invite community providers, consumers, patient care advocates, clinical staff and others to be a part of the Linkage Team as we assist HIV-infected individuals to find a medical home.
Peer Navigator Program
Peer Navigators are trained individuals from the community, who are living with HIV/AIDS. They serve as valuable members of the health care team, promoting linkage, medical adherence, and retention. Peer navigators are present at the initiation of services, and guide clients through each step of the process. Navigators provide a variety of services including: education on the basics of HIV/AIDS, connecting clients to needed services, assisting with appointment reminders, and serving as a liaison between clients and health care providers. Navigators offer strategies on medication adherence, self-care, and offer emotional support.
Currently, there are four Peer Navigator Programs funded by the Prevention Program, HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis Section. The programs are located in Duval, Alachua, Orange, and Palm Beach Counties. To learn more about one of the programs, please visit: http://peer.hdwg.org/peerprograms/boulevard