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According to the Centers for Disease Control, new HIV infections are on the decline nationally. However, according to reports from the State of Florida Health Department, new HIV infections are on the rise in our State.Florida is number one in the nation for new HIV infections and AIDS cases. Many factors contribute to these statistics, such as access to healthcare, affordable contraceptives, institutional funding, safer sex education, etc.
Ultimately, however, something must be done and our community must act. HIV is a preventable illness and by learning more about HIV and utilizing the preventative resources available, we can stop its spread. Hope & Help encourages the Central Florida community to take control of our own well-being and #CHOOSETOPROTECT!
1. Learn more about HIV, how it affects us, and what we can do to protect ourselves and each other
2. Get an HIV test at least every 6 months
3. Seek treatment if we test positive for HIV/STDs
4. Learn about available condom types and how to use them properly
5. Talk about safer sex with our partners, families, children, and friends
6. Talk to our healthcare providers about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication that’s up to 88% effective in preventing HIV infections BEFORE exposure
7. Talk to our healthcare providers about Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), a medication that’s up to 81% effective in preventing HIV infections within 72-hours AFTER exposure
8. Ask our healthcare providers if HIV testing is part of regular check-up routines for all patients
9. Be proud of our status (+ or -) and challenge the stigma about HIV