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.
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.
After several months of repair and remodeling, The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is finally scheduled to move back to the regular office at 1295 West Fairfield. ADAP will see begin seeing clients at the regular office on December 9th and can be reached at 850-595-6767. Other members of the HIV/AIDS office will move on December 15th and can be reached at 850-595-6345.
Click Here to read the winter issue of NoFLAC news.
We now have new tools and options available for HIV prevention. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Treatment as Prevention (TaSP). These options hold the potential for lowering rates of infection in our community. Our local HIV Prevention Planning Group is bringing in an expert on the subjects to offer a program tailored for men who have sex with men. Click here for more information. .
Online Resource about Clinical Trials
On http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/clinical-trials/ you can find more information about clinical trials that are taking place across the country. You can search by multiple categories and by keywords. They offer news, information about new trials, and trial results. If you have ever wanted to know more about clinical trials related to HIV and AIDS, this is a good resource.
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
TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP starts in Northwest Florida, provided by A Safe Port Counseling Center. The mission of A Safe Port Counseling Center is to provide quality comprehensive counseling services at no cost to the LGBTQPGIA community or persons affected by HIV/AIDS regardless of financial ability, in a safe, welcoming and diverse environment. For locations and times call A Safe Port Counseling Center at 850-723-0042. The center aims to increase the community awareness and sensitivity of the needs of the LGBTQPGIA and those affected by HIV/AIDS. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapy, as well as free HIV testing. Referral and linkage to other services is provided for other needs. Career and vocational counseling is available by appointment as needed. Some evening and weekend hours are available.
In Pensacola, at 2050 W. Blount Street inside the Family Center of Pathways for Change.
In Fort Walton Beach, at OASIS, 1825 Hurlburt Rd, Suite 14.
AHF has relocated to their new office at 4300 Bayou Blvd Suite 17D (Madison Park office complex) in Pensacola. Phone numbers and fax numbers have not changed.
If you are a Medicaid member who receives services through a managed care plan and are having problems with your coverage, click on this link to file a formal complaint with the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA): https://apps.ahca.myflorida.com/smmc_cirts/ See this document for instructions on filing a complaint: SMMC Complaint Snapshot 2014-06-10
Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP is the use of antiretroviral medication to prevent infection with HIV in HIV-negative individuals who may be at a higher risk of infection. Click here for an application for the Truvada Assistance Program available for individuals making 200% below Federal Poverty Level.
Manna Food Bank resumed services for clients on Monday, July 28 at their Main Pantry (116 E. Gonzalez Street). Clients will be seen by appointment only. Clients should call 432-2053 to schedule an appointment.
CDC reported that the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis medication, such as Truvada, may be used to protect an HIV-negative male or female in a heterosexual HIV-discordant couple during attempts to conceive. Click here to read it.
HIVevolution – a project of OASIS has relocated to their new office located at 25 Wright Street. Contact information will remain the same. Telephone 429-7551.
To see a copy of the recently completed Area 1 Needs Assessment, click here
Information for Medicaid Recipients: Click here to see a brochure on Managed Medical Assistance plans through Medicaid Managed Care
To see a list of Area 1 Affordable Care Act Navigators, click here.
To see a copy of the Spring 2014 Red Ribbon Report, click here.
AHF has expanded clinic hours effective June 1st for patients who are in need of before and after work appointment times. Expanded hours will be offered on Tuesdays from 8:00am to 6:30pm and on Thursday mornings from 6:30am until 5:00pm. They will also be open all day on Fridays until 5:00pm.
To see the full schedule of hours click here.
If you are interested in learning more about HIV prophylaxis following non-occupational exposure, this is a good resource to learn more: Click Here.
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.
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: