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HIV/AIDS Department

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sexually transmitted disease testing, case management, counseling, and treatment services are provided. Confidential HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, HIV nutritional counseling, prescription medications, and vitamins are also available. For more information or to speak to a staff member in the Disease Control Department, please call 352-771-5581 or 352-771-5547.

Our HIV/AIDS services include:

  • Eligibility
  • Case Management
  • HIV testing
  • Surveillance
  • Early Intervention (Counseling and Testing)
  • Outreach
  • Community Partnerships
  • Prescription Assistance
  • Housing
  • Dental
  • Mental Counseling
  • Nutrition
  • Primary Care
  • Partner Notification
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Community Training Opportunities (HIV 500/501 Updates, VOICES, SISTA)

Our STD Services include

  • Testing
  • Treatment
  • Early Intervention
  • Partner Notification
  • Community Training Opportunities (HIV 500/501 Updates, VOICES, SISTA)

About STDs and HIV/AIDS

Monday, May 30, 2011

AIDS stands for:
Acquired (a condition that develops over time)
Immune (the system that serves as the body's defense against infections and diseases)
Deficiency (is weak or lacking normal strength)
Syndrome (a group of characteristics that the condition displays)

In short, over a period of time the body's immune system breaks down, and the person is unable to fight off infections and other certain diseases. AIDS is caused by an infection with the HIV virus.

HIV stands for:
Human (only infects human beings)
Immunodeficiency (immune system is lacking what it needs to keep the body healthy)
Virus (minute organism)

HIV is a virus that enters a person's bloodstream. At first, and usually for a very long time afterward, there are no signs or symptoms that indicate that the person has been infected. Make no mistake about it, the person is infected and is infectious (able to spread it to others).

A lot of people think that HIV and AIDS are the same thing; but they're not. An HIV diagnosis means that the person is infected with the HIV virus. They can be infected for a very long time before they begin to have health problems. In the later stages of infection, when the immune system has fallen to a particular level or the person has been diagnosed with certain diseases, the diagnosis changes to AIDS.

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Business Resources

Monday, May 30, 2011

It is a recognized fact that community business leaders have tremendous influence within their communities. "STOP AIDS: It's Everyone's Business" statewide Business and Labor Responds to AIDS project is a campaign initiated to increase community awareness regarding the impact of HIV/AIDS in Lake County. Businesses are essential partners in the response to AIDS, and you can make a huge difference in reducing the stigma and complacency about the need for HIV prevention. If you own or frequent a business, you are in a unique position to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic because you have relationships with employers, customers, and local business communities. These relationships allow HIV prevention messages to become a part of your communities' environment. Listed below are some local Lake County businesses who are part of this newly formed Business Response. If you are interested in learning more about the "STOP AIDS: It's Everyone's Business" please contact Ms. Theresa White at (352) 334-7900 x 3335.

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2.25 Dry Cleaners
10700 Hwy 331
Leesburg, FL 

C & H Neighborhood Grocery
802 Beecher St.
Leesburg, FL 

Hagins Barber Shop
210 Mike St.
Leesburg, FL 

Strawberry's
24 E. Magnolia St. 
Eustis, FL

Ivory's Home Cooked Meals to Go
1325 N. Grandview St. 
Mt. Dora, FL

Tomy's Grocery
1345 N. Grandview St.
Mt. Dora, FL 

Pure Essence Beauty Salon
501 Palmetto St.
Leesburg, FL

Community Based Organizations

Monday, May 30, 2011

Community-based organizations are volunteer-based, self-funded non-profits that operate within a local community. There are several CBOs within Lake County which work in conjunction with the local health department to provide resources and services to the community in the form of education, fundraising and testing with a focus on HIV/AIDS and other STDs.

Home of Hope at Vision Impact Outreach
746 E 5th Street
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Contact Person: Linda Mobley at (352) 735-0075

United Community Outreach Map
1411 E Main Street
Leesburg, FL 34748
Contact Connie Brown at (407) 983-4379

Get Smart Foundation
7432 Hwy 50
Groveland, FL 34736
Contact Vanessa Fails at (352) 217-1496

Local Testing Sites

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lake County Health Department – Disease Control Clinic
(Downtown Eustis)
8 N Eustis St
Eustis, Florida 32726
(352) 357-1668
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Offers HIV Testing - Walk-in

Lake County Health Department Umatilla Clinic
249 E. Collins Street
Umatilla, Florida 32784
(352) 771-5500
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Offers HIV Testing and STD Screening
By Appointment (Same day, next day)

Womens Wellness Center
9836 U.S. Highway 441
Leesburg, Florida 34788
(352) 360-6548
Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
Offers HIV Testing and STD Screening
By Appointment

Leesburg Community Medical Center
1210 W Main Street
Leesburg, Florida 34748
For Information call: (352) 357-4835
Offers FREE HIV Testing the 3rd Thursday
of each month from 8am - 12pm - Walk-in

Lifestream Hope and Recovery Unit
2018 Tally Road
Leesburg, Florida 34748
For Information call: (352) 357-4835
Offers FREE HIV Testing the 1st Thursday
of each month from 8am - 12pm - Walk-in

Services

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ryan White Program

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a Federal program that provides HIV-related health services. The program works with cities, states, and local community-based organization to provide services to more than half a million people each year. The program is for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. Ryan White fills gaps in care not covered by these other sources. The majority of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds support primary medical care and essential support services. A smaller but equally critical portion is used to fund technical assistance, clinical training, and research on innovative models of care. Ryan White is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Federal funds are awarded to agencies located around the country, which in turn deliver care to eligible individuals under funding categories called Parts, as outlined below. First authorized in 1990, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is currently funded at $2.1 billion.

ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program)

The purpose of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program is to ensure that underserved and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS have access to life-saving medications.

Are you Living in Florida and:

Have low-income at 400% or less of the Federal Poverty Level?

Uninsured or do not have adequate prescription coverage?

Not confined to a hospital, nursing home, hospice, or correctional facility?

ADAP may be able to help!

In order to enroll, you must have the following:

  • Eligibility for HIV/AIDS Patient Care services according to 64D-4, F.A.C and the HIV/AIDS Patient Care Programs Determining Eligibility Staff
  • Procedures Manual
  • Have at least one valid prescription for a medication on the
  • ADAP Formulary (breakdown by brand name)
  • ADAP Formulary (breakdown by dosage)
  • Current (less or up to 6 months) Viral Load and CD4 test results

To get more information about enrolling in ADAP, contact the Lake County Health Department Prescription Assistance Program

Located at:

Van Dee Medical Building
4 Eustis Street Eustis, FL 32726
Phone: (352) 357-1668
Fax: (352) 589-0415
(Monday thru Friday 8 AM – 5 PM

Best Little Thrift Shop
415 Citrus Tower Boulevard Clermont, FL 34711
(Monday and Wednesday 1 PM – 3:30 PM)

Miracle of Love, Inc

Miracle of Love began in 1991 for the distinct purpose of providing accessible HIV/AIDS prevention programming and support assistance to service the multicultural needs of communities in Central Florida. Namely Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Osceola counties. Miracle of Love Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization corporation. This community-based minority HIV/AIDS organization is the oldest in Central Florida. Miracle of Love continues to be, with over 15 valuable and outstanding years of service a repository for education, support and care, community advocacy, and referral services. Services include case management, mental counciling, and nutritional counseling.

For more information, please contact the Miracle of Love Lake County Office:

4400 N Hwy 19A Unit 4
Mt Dora Fl, 32757
Office 352-357-6341
Fax 352-357-1434
http://www.miracleofloveinc.org/

HOPWA (Housing Opportunity for People with AIDS)

The HOPWA program was established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the specific needs of low income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA is a "needs-based" program, therefore clients must provide verifiable documents of their inability to make their monthly housing payments.

The City of Orlando is the grantee for the Orlando Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA) which includes Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The City contracts with various agencies throughout the EMSA to provide HOPWA services to eligible persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

If you or a member of your family is having difficulty maintaining housing due to HIV/AIDS, HOPWA may be able to help.

Contact:

Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention
1812-1814 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32804
Telephone: (407) 648-9440 / (407) 237-3061

HIV Reporting

Monday, May 30, 2011

HIV Surveillance

The primary function of the Florida Department of Health in Lake County's Disease Control Program is to collect and provide population-based data for public health policy development and program planning and evaluation. Case report data is collected at the local county health department level and transferred to the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the State Health Office on a monthly basis. Statewide data is then transmitted to the CDC (without patient identifiers) to compile nationwide statistics.

To ensure accurate and timely data collection, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Staff regularly visit private health care providers and hospitals to review medical records and complete HIV/AIDS Case Report Forms. In addition, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Staff verify whether patients are notified of their HIV+ results and initiate follow-up services for patients' and their partners.

Statistics

All statistics are from Florida Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS:

Florida 2006 HIV Incidence Estimates

Estimation of HIV Incidence in the United States 

Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States 

CDC Facts

CDC HIV/AIDS Surveillance Facts

Florida DOH Epidemiological Profile for Area 13 (Lake, Sumter, Marion, Citrus)

Florida DOH 2009 Monthly Surveillance Reports

Reporting

HIV/AIDS cases should be reported to the local county health department within 2 weeks of diagnosis, per FL Statutes.

HIV Reporting Criteria in FL

Patient tests positive (+) for any test to diagnose and/or confirm HIV diagnosis on or after 7/1/97

AIDS Reporting Criteria in FL

  • Patient has a documented AIDS defining Opportunistic Infection at any time
  • CD4 <200 and/or <14% at any time in patients age 13 years or greater

Follow Up Services

With physician approval, county health department staff will offer follow-up services to newly diagnosed HIV infected patients. Follow-up services encourage HIV infected individuals to access early intervention therapies; provide important referrals to medical and social services; and prevent further transmission of HIV.

Follow-up services include, but are not limited to:

  • Post-test counseling for individuals not returning for test results
  • Patient education/counseling
  • Appropriate medical and social service referrals
  • Linkages to community support groups
  • Case management services
  • Voluntary partner elicitation and notification services
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