At Dade Internal Medicine, we stand at the forefront of healthcare in South Florida, committed to serving our community with unwavering dedication and compassion. Our mission is clear: to empower individuals with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to effectively combat HIV. As a trusted healthcare partner, we specialize in HIV prevention, treatment, and education, offering a safe haven for those seeking information, care, and rapid access to vital resources. With a focus on comprehensive medical care, we are here to guide you on your journey towards a healthier, happier, and more informed life. Welcome to a place where your well-being is our top priority, and where we work tirelessly to make a difference in the fight against HIV.
We are here to inform and support our community in improving their health, and reduce and prevent the spread of HIV. Explore the following information to gain a comprehensive understanding of HIV in Florida, prevention strategies, and available resources. In the diverse landscape of Florida, access to reliable and comprehensive healthcare resources for HIV can make all the difference in one’s journey to health and wellness. At Dade Internal Medicine, we are proud to be your trusted partner in this endeavor.
Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties were identified as the #1 Metropolitan area in the nation experiencing the height of the epidemic.
An estimated 20,250 people living with HIV in Florida were unaware of their status.
Men who have sex with men (MSM), Black/African American communities, and Hispanic/Latinx populations are disproportionately affected by HIV.
*Statistics taken from the CDC
HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, can be transmitted through specific bodily fluids, such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, anal fluids, and breast milk. The most common modes of transmission are through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles or syringes, receiving contaminated blood products or organ transplants, and from mother to child during childbirth or breastfeeding.
It’s important to practice safe sex, use clean needles, and get tested regularly to protect yourself and others from HIV transmission. Education and awareness are key to preventing the spread of HIV in Florida and beyond.
Regular HIV testing is a vital step in taking control of your sexual health. It’s essential to know your HIV status to protect yourself and others. In Florida, you can easily access confidential HIV testing services. There are various types of tests available, including rapid tests that provide quick results. Get tested today to stay healthy and contribute to a safer Florida.
HIV prevention is a crucial part of public health in Florida. Two key methods are Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). PrEP involves taking a daily pill to significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission. PEP, on the other hand, is a treatment taken within 72 hours after potential exposure to prevent the virus from taking hold in the body.
In addition to PrEP and PEP, practicing safe sex through condom use and open communication with partners is essential. These methods empower individuals to protect themselves and their partners, contributing to a healthier and safer Florida.
Living with HIV is manageable with the right resources and support. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a cornerstone of HIV treatment, tailored to an individual’s unique needs to manage the virus effectively. Florida offers a network of support services, including emotional counseling, access to healthcare, and community organizations. These resources are designed to provide comprehensive care, ensuring individuals living with HIV can lead fulfilling lives while managing their health effectively. You are not alone in this journey, and Florida is here to provide the care and assistance you need.
Here you have access to a wealth of trusted resources and organizations dedicated to HIV prevention, education, and support. These organizations offer valuable information, testing services, healthcare, and counseling.
Stay informed and connect with the resources available to empower yourself and your community in the fight against HIV. Together, we can create a safer and healthier Florida.
Florida Department of Health: The Florida DOH offers information on HIV testing locations across the state, including confidential testing services.
Local Health Clinics: Many local health clinics and community centers provide free or low-cost HIV testing. Check with your nearest clinic for details.
AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs): ASOs like AIDS Healthcare Foundation offer counseling, support groups, and assistance with navigating HIV-related services.