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Posted December 5, 2019
  • Residential Treatment Beds Available for Ryan White Program Clients - Better Way of Miami has residential beds available for men and women in their substance abuse treatment program. Remember that the income eligibility level for this service was increased to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. If you know of clients in need of this service, please have them contact their Medical Case Manager for a Certified Referral. If you have service-related questions for Better Way, please contact Rose Marcial at 305-64-3409, Ext. 122, or by email at RMarcial@bwom.org.
  • HIV Testing, Treatment, Prevention Not Reaching Enough Americans  HIV.gov: December 3, 2019 – New analysis shows how far proposed federal efforts must go to end U.S. HIV epidemic.  Far too many Americans with HIV are unaware that they have it. Far too few have the virus under control through effective treatment. And far too few Americans are taking the daily pill that prevents HIV. . .
  • CDC Releases Latest HIV Surveillance Report  HIV surveillance reports disseminate data about HIV and AIDS—for example, the number and population rates of HIV diagnoses, the number of people living with HIV, and the number of people who are receiving HIV medical care.
Posted November 14, 2019
  • Immigration & the Ryan White Program
    • Message From the Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination/Ryan White Program: It has come to our attention that people with HIV who are in the process of seeking admission to the U.S. or an adjustment in their immigration status fear that enrollment or participation in the Ryan White Program may jeopardize their chances for a successful immigration outcome. Even some attorneys are telling them this, in error.  Please let clients in this situation and/or their attorneys know that, per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s final rule on public charge (dated August 14, 2019), the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is exempt from the “public charge” restrictions. [Click here or below for the Final Rule report and note the highlighted sections.] It is critical to remind clients of the importance of HIV treatment adherence to their overall health and the health of our Miami-Dade community.
    • A Look at the Public Charge Final Rule: Are There Implications for HRSA?  Please note the highlighted sections.
Posted November 7, 2019 Posted October 15, 2019
  • Ending the HIV Epidemic  The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is seeking your input to help develop the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America plan for Miami-Dade County that will help reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in our communities.
  • Please complete by November 12!  To fill out survey please click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EtHEMiami or visit www.testmiami.org. Survey deadline is November 12, 2019.
  • Background The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is part of a new initiative called “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America”. The proposed federal initiative seeks to reduce new HIV infections in America by 75% in the next 5 years and 90% in the next 10 years. During the first phase of this initiative, 32 CDC funded state and local health departments will develop a comprehensive Ending the HIV Epidemic plan. The plan will include innovative ways to reduce the HIV epidemic through HIV prevention, care, treatment and outbreak response strategies.
  • Please Promote the Survey! Please promote the survey with QR code within you agencies and outreach activities. If you have social media outlets, please use the “Shorter Social Media Template” to promote the survey.  Downloads:
Posted October 9, 2019
  • FDA Approves Second Drug to Prevent HIV Infection as Part of Ongoing Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic (HIV.gov) “PrEP drugs are highly effective when taken as indicated in the drug labeling and can prevent HIV infection,” said Jeffrey Murray, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the Division of Antiviral Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This approval provides more prevention options for certain patients at-risk for acquiring HIV and helps further efforts by the FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the development of HIV treatment and prevention options to reduce new HIV infections.”
Posted October 3, 2019
  • Fighting Together: National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day 2019  (HIV.gov) National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) highlights the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanic and Latinx communities. The Latino Commission on AIDS—the lead organizer for this October 15 observance—notes, “the NLAAD 2019 campaign want[s] to address that people of either HIV status have a say on ending HIV, in stopping new diagnoses.”
  • Resource on Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV  (AIDS United) Meaningful involvement of people with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) is about ensuring that the communities most affected by HIV are involved in decision-making, at every level of the response to the epidemic. This resource provides an overview of MIPA, ways of thinking about MIPA, and methods of implementing and evaluating MIPA in organizations and communities. It was developed by AIDS United and the U.S People Living with HIV Caucus.
Posted September 26, 2019
  • CDC Communication Resources HIV.gov: "CDC released a suite of communication tools and resources that support our ongoing efforts to prevent HIV and help people with HIV stay healthy. The new and revised tools also support the work of the proposed HHS initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America."
Posted September 19, 2019
  • National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) is on September 27. This awareness day allows us to reflect on the impact that HIV has had on gay and bisexual men over the past three decades and remember those we have lost, as well as to acknowledge the many contributions of gay and bisexual men, including their tireless activism on behalf of those at risk for and living with HIV.
  • Recognizing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2019 (HIV.gov)  National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is observed annually on September 18 to recognize the impact of HIV on issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment and to call attention to their needs and concerns as they aim to live well with HIV.
Posted September 5, 2019 Posted August 29, 2019
  • HRSA Analyzes Growing Ryan White Client Population Over 50 Years Old  (HIV.gov) Colleagues from HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) recently conducted an analysis of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s client population that is over 50 years old. We caught up with Stacy Cohen, one of the authors of the analysis, “Projected Growth and Needs of Aging People with HIV in HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program,” to learn about highlights of their findings. Stacy is Chief of the Evaluation, Analysis, and Dissemination Branch in HAB’s Division of Policy and Data. She presented the analysis at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.
Posted August 7, 2019
  • Notifying the Health Department of HIV Positive Pregnant Women It is necessary for Miami-Dade County Health Department to be notified as soon as a pregnant woman's HIV status is determined in order to ensure and help facilitate the coordination of her care. It is understood that your facility may be able to provide care to HIV infected women during pregnancy. However, it is the suggestion of the Department of Health and Miami-Dade County Health Department that all pregnant women in Miami-Dade County that are diagnosed with HIV receive specialized care through the UM PRIMM clinic (Perinatal Immunology) located at 1490 NW 10 Street, Miami, FL. There is also a suggestion for the HIV positive pregnant woman to receive TOPWA services (Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act) through Borinquen Health Care.
    • Click here for details on Notifying the Health Department of HIV Positive Pregnant Women
    • Click here for the High Risk Pregnancy Notification Form
    • Click here for the FDOH TOPWA webpage
    • Click here for AIDSinfo Updated Fact Sheet: Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
  • Effectiveness of Prevention Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Acquiring or Transmitting HIV There are now more options than ever before to reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. Using medicines to treat HIV, using medicines to prevent HIV, using condoms, having only low-risk sex, only having partners with the same HIV status, and not having sex can all effectively reduce risk. Some options are more effective than others. Combining prevention strategies may be even more effective. But in order for any option to work, it must be used correctly and consistently.
Posted August 1, 2019
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Posted July 17, 2019 Posted June 27, 2019
  • CDC National HIV Testing Day Dear Colleague Letter Today is National HIV Testing Day. We invite you to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in encouraging all adults and young people to get tested for HIV and know their status. This year’s theme, Doing It My Way, emphasizes that there are many ways to get an HIV test and calls on everyone to make HIV testing part of their routine health care.
Posted June 12, 2019
  • USPSTF Issues Grade A Recommendations for PrEP & HIV Testing  HIV.gov: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) today published final recommendation statements on HIV screening and HIV prevention. Based on its review of the evidence, the Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for HIV in everyone ages 15 to 65 years and all pregnant people. Younger adolescents and older adults at increased risk for HIV should also be screened. The Task Force also recommends that clinicians offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—a pill that helps prevent HIV—to people at high risk of HIV.
Posted June 10, 2019
  • Too Many People Living with HIV in the U.S. Don’t Know It  HIV.gov: Approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV today. But not all of them know it. In fact, about 15 percent (or 1 in 7) of them are not aware they are living with HIV. Click here for the complete article and learn how to find HIV testing sites near you.

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