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There were 120,502 persons diagnosed and living with HIV (PWH) in Florida through 2021, which represents only 86% of all the PWH in Florida. The remainder are living with the disease but are unaware of their HIV status.
In the past decade, Florida has seen a general decline in HIV diagnoses in Florida; however, Black and Hispanic/Latino populations experience higher rates of new HIV diagnoses. Additionally, late-stage HIV or AIDS is also higher among Florida’s Black population. Racial and ethnic minorities specifically experience more barriers to accessing HIV prevention and care services.
The majority (61%) of new HIV diagnoses in 2021 were a result of male-to-male sexual contact, followed by 31% who were persons who had heterosexual contact, and 4% who were persons who inject drugs (PWID). It is crucial to understand these modes of transmission and their risk factors when implementing targeted HIV prevention and care initiatives among Florida’s diverse communities.These data have served as the foundation for the development of Florida’s Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan for 2022-2026 (IPC). Over the next five years, the state’s HIV planning body, the Florida Coordinated Planning Network (FCPN), along with the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A partners, is determined to focus on priority populations to reduce HIV-related disparities. This includes initiatives to expand targeted efforts to prevent HIV transmission using innovative and evidence-based approaches, decrease the annual HIV diagnosis rate, ensure early linkage to care, and increase the number of PWH who are retained in care and virally suppressed. Progress on these outcomes will be ongoing throughout the project period and will benefit the overall community by improving population-level health and reducing the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS in Florida.