Testing and Counseling
Testing and Counseling
Florida continues to lead the nation in the number of HIV tests conducted at over 1,400 publicly funded and registered sites. During 2016, the Counseling, Testing and Linkage (CTL) data team recorded over 360,000 HIV screening tests with about 60% of these tests conducted at sites using rapid test technologies. HIV testing provided in a number of venues—County Health Departments, non-profits community based organizations, jails, hospitals, community health centers, mobile testing units, sexually transmitted disease clinics, outreach events, and other community venues. Testing for HIV is a powerful tool in our prevention arsenal. We know that when a person knows their HIV status they will apply prevention measures with their partners and will enter into medical care and tend to remain in care.
In 2012, Florida’s state laboratories and other private labs changed HIV testing procedures for blood and plasma specimens by upgrading to a 4th generation screening test and replaced Western blot with a newer confirmatory test. Also, a cutting-edge test that looks for HIV itself, not the antibodies, was added to the procedure for samples that are positive for the 4th generation but not positive on the new confirmatory test. This new system allows us to find those who have very early HIV infection and gives us the incredible chance to get them into care sooner rather than later and ultimately stop dozens of new HIV infections from happening.
No one cares more about your baby than you.
In 2014, the HIV Counseling and Testing Team began putting our HIV testing and prevention counselor training called HIV/AIDS 500/501 on-line for the general public to access. The HIV/AIDS 500 course is available as a TRAINFlorida on-line course at FDOH HIV/AIDS 500 The Basics of HIV/AIDS Counseling, Testing and Linkage.
The HIV Counseling and Testing Team is public health in motion. Thanks to our numerous test sites, skilled prevention counselors, and progressive laboratory we will continue to move Florida into the next generation and slow this epidemic.
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- Confidential/Anonymous HIV Testing Consent Form
- Confidential/Anonymous HIV Testing Consent Form (Spanish)
- Confidential/Anonymous HIV Testing Consent Form (Creole)
- DH3161 Statement Objection to HIV/STD Testing for Pregnant
- DH 3161 (Spanish) DH 3161 (Creole)
- Minimum Standards for HIV Counselors, Trainers and Early Intervention Consultants (IOP 360-07-17)
- Model Protocol for HIV Counseling and Testing in Healthcare Settings (H.C. Settings)
- Model Protocol for HIV Counseling and Testing in Non-Healthcare Settings (Non H.C. Settings)
- Rapid HIV Testing Site Guidelines-August 2017
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- 500/501 Partcipant's Guide
- Forms Instruction Guide
- A Provider’s Guide to Reimbursement and Sustainability for HIV Testing in Florida Healthcare Facilities
- Webinar: Updates to Rule 64D-2, F.A.C.; Technical Assistance Guideline 345-9-13 (formerly TA-9); and Model Protocols for HIV Testing
- HIV 500 on-line at FDOH HIV/AIDS 500 The Basics of HIV/AIDS Counseling, Testing and Linkage
- HIV 500/501 Course Schedule
- Counseling Testing and Linkage-EIC Map
- The OraQuick in-home HIV test kit has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will be available from retailers throughout Florida beginning in October.