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TOPWA

HIV/AIDS

Women and Children:
The Perinatal HIV Program
Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)

Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA) was created in 1999 to reach  HIV-infected pregnant women or high risk pregnant women who are not receiving services. The TOPWA programs assist under-served women in accessing the medical or social services needed to lower their risk of HIV infection or substance abuse.  TOPWA outreach workers go into untraditional venues/locations  in high risk communities to identify and enroll HIV-infected or substance-abusing pregnant who have not yet accessed adequate care and treatment.

There are seven funded TOPWA programs located in Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach and St Lucie counties.  Services offered by TOPWA are geared toward women of childbearing ages in an effort to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies.  Any pregnant substance-abusing, HIV-infected or woman at risk of acquiring HIV are eligible to receive TOPWA services.  In addition to accessing prenatal care, pregnant women enrolled in TOPWA can receive assistance with HIV testing, enrollment in ADAP or Medicaid, family planning services and receive HIV prevention and education.

For more information on Florida's perinatal HIV prevention program, please contact Prevention Program, HIV/AIDS Section.

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*Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.

For more information on Florida's perinatal HIV prevention program,
please contact Prevention Program, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Section.

USF Center for HIV Education and Research Perinatal Program
Provider training on HIV testing for pregnant women and the care/treatment of the HIV-infected pregnant woman

The Florida Department of Health has contracted with the University of South Florida Center for HIV Education and Research to educate healthcare providers who care for pregnant women about HIV testing and treatment guidelines.  The goal of the project is to deliver innovative training methods to healthcare providers, community-based organizations, hospital labor and delivery units, and perinatal organizations on the importance of HIV testing early in pregnancy and the most up-to-date treatment options for reducing perinatal HIV transmission.
  
Perinatal HIV Transmission Project
 
Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.
For more information on Florida's perinatal HIV prevention program, please contact Prevention Section , HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Program.