It’s OK

Ending HIV/STIs is Everyone's Responsibility

The Epidemic


HIV/STIs is a public health issue. In order to prevent the spread of HIV/STIs, it will take a public approach.

That means us, you, and them.

Each must do away with stigma, make testing routine, be consistent with PrEP, and wear condoms.

Let’s end this together.

It Starts with You

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new HIV transmissions are on the decline nationally. However, according to reports from the State of Florida Health Department, new HIV transmissions are on the rise throughout the state.  Florida now ranks #1 in the nation for new HIV and AIDS cases and Orlando, Florida, ranks #2 for most new HIV transmissions nationally. HIV and STIs are preventable illness. By learning more about them, you reduce the impact of stigma. Additionally, when you incorporate the preventative resources available into your life, you stop the spread of HIV and STIs.

The good thing is, however, even if you do contract HIV or any STI, there’s treatment available. Many people with HIV who start and stay in medical care, live long, health, and happy lives. If you don’t know your HIV and STI status or are living with HIV and have fallen out of HIV medical care, call Hope & Help today at 407.645.2577 to get testing and treatment services. It’s your call.

Understanding STIs

 
Sexually Transmitted Infections (or STIs) are infections transmitted through sexual contact, caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.  STIs are largely preventable by using preventative resources, such as condoms.  Most STIs can be cured with medical treatment.  However, a few of them do not have a present medical cure – HIV, HPV, Hepatitis B, and Herpes.  But, with medical treatment, these infections can be managed to the point of being undetectable, and consequently un-transmittable.

Preventing STIs

 
There are many ways to protect yourself from HIV and STIs.  Many of which are easy and require little effort.  The most important thing you can do is to educate yourself about all the risks associated with HIV/STIs.  For more a personalized safer sex and health education experience, call 407.645.2577 to make an appointment to get tested and speak with one of our health educators.
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