Seven counties in Florida received over $490,000 as a part of the nation’s effort to eliminate HIV and AIDS within 10 years. The Trump Administration announced the funding would come from the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative and be available Oct. 1.
Gov. Jeanette Nunez, along with Department of Health Secretary Scott
Rivkees, said the plan is only going to be successful if every
Floridian helps. Nunez said the state has outlined four steps that
include routine HIV and STD testing and access to both pre- and
post-exposure prophylaxis to stop the spread of HIV.
pre-exposure medicine to work, it must be taken every day and is
especially effective for high-risk individuals. Post-exposure
medicine is usually given to medical professionals who have been
exposed to HIV.
HIV virus causes AIDS, for which there is no cure for either. HIV
destroys the body’s immune system and is commonly spread through
sexual contact and sharing needles.
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida’s rate
of HIV diagnosis was 22.9 per 100,000 people in 2017, putting it just
behind Georgia (24.9 per 100,000) and the District of Columba (46.3
announcement of the new grant funding took place on National Latino
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. According to Nunez, the Latino community has
seen a rapid rise in the number of people diagnosed with HIV, with 34
percent of new diagnoses in 2018 happening in the Latino community.
said Latinos should learn what their HIV status is, even not just to
stop the virus’ reach and get early treatment of the disease and
reduce mortality rates. Nunez said there also should be more
sympathy and tolerance.
said HIV should be treated as a chronic illness to lessen the shame,
stigma and discrimination associated with the disease.
his March State of the Union address, President Donald Trump
announced he was looking to end the epidemic in 10 years. The next
month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it would
launch a multi-phase approach to eliminate the disease with Phase one
diagnosing everybody with HIV as quickly as possible.
1 includes money to 48 counties and seven rural states that have the
highest HIV numbers. The seven counties in Florida with the highest
rates include Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm
Beach and Pinellas.
Nunez said the funding is coming from the federal level, not state. She said the funding that’s coming will be used to fight the HIV infection. Last month, a report detailed that former Gov. Rick Scott and his administration refused $54 million in federal grant money that was to be used in the fight against HIV. Since January, Scott has become senators, and Ron DeSantis became the state’s governor.