This is the official website of the Northwest Florida AIDS Consortium
Together we can achieve more.
This is the place to be:
- To learn about the consortium planning body for Ryan White services,
- To get connected to all of the services in Northwest Florida for people living with HIV and AIDS,
- To be linked to the best resources for information to assist you in your success in living a fuller and healthier life with HIV/AIDS.
The links in the "Membership Info" area are about all things related to NOFLAC. The links at the top will guide you to community resources and other information.
This is your website so if you have comments or suggestions on how we can make it better for you, please click on contact us.
Local Events - To see a schedule of local events like National HIV Testing Day, World AIDS Day and other special HIV/AIDS Awareness Days, please go to http://www.wemakethechange.com/news-events/find-an-event-by-region/ and click on 'Region 1' on the map.
Important Information for Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men
Gay, Bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent the largest number of HIV/AIDS cases reported each year. Testing and treatment are the most potent life-saving weapons against the spread of HIV and other STDs. Click here to see current testing recommendations to protect the health of MSM written by health professionals who are also MSM.
Click here to view an STD Fact and Treatment Table with up to date information on sexually transmitted infections.
Online Resources to Protect Those with HIV/AIDS
To mark the one-year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Justice Department has launched a new section of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website: http://www.ada.gov/aids . The new web page provides important information and resources related to combating discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS. Users can visit the site to file an HIV/AIDS discrimination complaint, to obtain ADA technical assistance materials related to HIV/AIDS, and to get the latest updates about the Department’s efforts to stop HIV/AIDS discrimination.
NEWS FROM AHF
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has officially moved to a new location. They are still located in the Madison Park Complex on Bayou Blvd, however have moved approximately 4 doors down from their previous location into a larger office. The new address is 4300 Bayou Blvd #37 Pensacola, FL, 32503. Their office and fax numbers have remain unchanged - (ph) 850.470.8071 and (fax) 850.470.8073.
AHF will be providing comprehensive Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention, education, exams and treatment free of charge. For the first 3 months the clinic will operate from 1:00PM-6:00PM CDT on Tuesdays and Thursdays at their new location at 4300 Bayou Blvd #37 Pensacola, FL, 32503. After that period of time they plan to reassess and determine if additional days & times are needed depending on the response. In addition, three days per month these services will be offered from the Mobile Clinic in the community and/or in neighboring counties.
AHF has purchased a new 26 foot mobile testing unit that will operate four days a week. For information regarding the mobile testing unit schedule, contact AHF at (850)470-8071 or find it at http://www.wemakethechange.com/news-events/find-an-event-by-region/
For more information about services offered through AIDS Healthcare Foundation, please contact 850.470.8071
Accessing Care through HIV Research in Northwest Florida
Since 1997, the Clinical Research Center at Infectious Diseases Associates of NW Florida, P.A., has participated in 44 HIV-related clinical research studies and early drug access programs. With Dr. Barbara Wade, MD, as principal investigator, people in northwest Florida have had access to the newest HIV medications. All six of the most recently marketed HIV drugs were available first in northwest Florida through these research studies, and local participants played an invaluable role in better understanding how to fight HIV.
Studies are currently available for volunteers who may be starting HIV medications for the first time (naïve subjects). Also, for patients currently on HIV medications who are virologically suppressed (undetectable viral load), there are studies to ‘switch’ to newer regimens that may have fewer pills and side effects. The Clinical Research Center is also participating in the worldwide START study. The START study addresses the question of whether to start HIV medications in healthy HIV –positive individuals with a CD4 count >500.
It is possible to participate in a clinical study with the Clinical Research Center and still remain in care with your current HIV provider.
For more information about local clinical research in HIV medicine, please call 850-476-3131 and ask to speak with the research staff, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have published a new booklet on Food Safety for People Living with HIV/AIDS. It is clear, concise and will educate you on how to protect yourself and those you love from foodborne illness. CLICK HERE (pdf)
Please visit the website of the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau to view "A Living History of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program". This is a beautifully designed website with comprehensive information on how the Ryan White Program came to be and how it has impacted Americans living with HIV/AIDS. http://hab.hrsa.gov/livinghistory/index.htm
We are pleased to announce that Debra Dubose, LCSW is a new mental health provider for Area One clients. Please contact your case manager if you would like a referral.
Manna Food Pantry is our newest food bank for Area One clients. They are open for pick up on Monday through Friday from 11am - 12pm at 116 East Gonzales St., Pensacola, FL 32501. Please see your case manager for a referral.
AHF now offers 1 minute HIV Rapid tests at their location. Click here for contact information for AHF and other test sites.
30 Years of HIV/AIDS
June 5th 2011 marked 30 years since the HIV/AIDS epidemic was officially acknowledged.
Click here to see a timeline of the epidemic in the U.S. and Florida.
Also be sure to see the interactive global timeline posted by Kaiser Family Foundation here: