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.
Our local Community HIV Prevention Partnership needs your help. In an effort to reduce HIV infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), we are asking you to please take ten minutes of your time to complete a health survey. It is anonymous and confidential and can be accessed by clicking this link or copy/pasting it into your web browser:
Completing this survey will help us to validate and fine tune our efforts to reach gay, bisexual and other MSM in this area to assure that we are maximizing the very limited resources we have available for HIV prevention activities.
In Escambia County to date (as of 10/23/2013): 50% of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases were MSM. In addition, 63% of cases that were classified as late-identified (diagnosed with HIV infection for the first time and also diagnosed with AIDS upon first evaluation) were also MSM. During 2012, our state-funded HIV test sites performed over 13,000 tests locally. Only 8% of these tests were MSM although they accounted for 50% of the total who tested HIV positive.*
It is our hope that with your help, we can do better. Your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated.
Your local MSM Community HIV Prevention Partnership is a subcommittee of the larger Partnership. It is composed of gay men and others who share concern for the health and welfare of the gay community including: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, OASIS, HIVevolution, the Area 1 HIV/AIDS Program at the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, the Red Ribbon Charitable Foundation, the PHASE and SHAPE programs of Lakeview Center, area healthcare professionals and persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Source of data: Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control, HIVAIDS and Hepatitis Program, Surveillance Section
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 email@example.com.
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. A Safe Port Counseling 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.
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.
Manna Food Pantry is our newest food bank for Area One clients. They are open for pick up Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am - 12:00pm with little or no wait, or Monday through Friday 2:00pm - 4:30pm with a regular wait time, 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: