HIV/AIDS

  • US Officials Update National Plan to fight HIV and AIDS

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have updated their strategic plan for fighting AIDS, setting new goals for reducing infections and deaths.

  • Video Series Tackles Bareback Reality of HIV Prevention

    One film student is showing a “fun, sexy and outrageously frank 21st-century sex-ed for gay adults.”

  • Watch: Aaron Carter Gets HIV Test on Daytime Talkshow

    On the Thursday episode of the daytime talkshow "The Doctors," pop singer Aaron Carter reveals his health concerns that he may be HIV-positive and undergoes a test to find out his results on TV.

  • What is safe sex for someone with HIV?

    (CNN) -- Actor Charlie Sheen announced this week that he has HIV, but in the four years since his diagnosis, he said, he's always shared his status with sexual partners.

  • What is the Best Schedule for HIV Testing?

    The CDC has recommended, for years, annual HIV tests for gay and bi men at low risk, and more frequent tests for those at higher risk. It is not clear how well this was communicated.

  • What is the South Florida AIDS Network?

    Joey Wynn, Chair of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) considers the most important issue facing HIV service providers in the coming year to be the integration of HIV services with the Affordable Care Act. As people enroll in the new health care exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, these new plans will have to develop working relationships with HIV service providers. People will have develop ways for HIV services to “accommodate those folks” and figure out ways to “get the word out, so we can make this the easiest transition possible,” according to Joey Wynn. This accommodation and communication will depend on the community input processes. In order to understand how this community can benefit from community planning, it helps to understand the structure of the Ryan White Care Program.

    It’s convenient but inaccurate to think about Ryan White Care as if it were one program. It has seven parts:

    1. Comprehensive care services for Eligible Medical Areas (EMAS), such as Broward County
    2. Essential services, including ADAP, for states
    3. Early intervention, counseling, and testing
    4. Programs for youth, women and children with HIV infection
    5. Dental Reimbursement Program
    6. Education and training for health care providers
    7. Research and demonstration projects. Two other programs have significance for HIV services: Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), and AIDS Insurance Continuation Project (AICP). HOPWA provides temporary housing assistance to low income people with HIV infection. AICP pays insurance premiums for low-income people with health insurance and HIV.

    Planning councils and community input lie at the heart of Ryan White Care, locally and at the state level. The Florida Community Planning Network (FCPN) forms the planning and community input body at the state level. In Broward two groups constitute the local planning and community input process: The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) and the Broward HIV Planning Council. SFAN functions as the planning/community input body for essential services, such as ADAP, administered by the state; the Broward HIV Planning Council functions as the planning/community input body for comprehensive care services for Eligible Medical Areas (EMAS), such as Broward County. SFAN and the HIV Planning Council have joint working committees to plan, set priorities, manage client-related issues, and monitor funding issues. All meetings are open to the public.

    Changes in the epidemic also drive changes in HIV services. By law, the Ryan White Care Program has to focus its activities on treatment. In recent years, however, the lines between treatment and prevention have begun to blur. Effective treatments for people with HIV infection tends to make them less likely to infect others, resulting in lower rates of new HIV infections. Joey Wynn described this as another challenge in SFAN, “Trying to get other programs from the local Department of Health (especially HIV Prevention) to be involved, keep us informed, and attend the meetings to get a first-hand view of what the community is experiencing in their challenges and concerns. “

    While the Affordable Care Act holds out great hope for improving the lives of people living with HIV, it presents opportunities and challenges. Fortunately, an input process exists that makes participation and communication easier. Joey Wynn described SFAN as “an open process, we keep people informed about what is going on in the service delivery of HIV for folks, and a great place to come learn about and discuss the issues facing the HIV community in Broward County.”

  • White House Watch for August 19, 2015

    On the Republican front Donald Trump continues to suck up all of the oxygen in the race. And despite numerous unfavorable stories and attacks from the other republican candidates his poll numbers are remaining steady…with him on top of the latest polls. Insiders still hesitate to call him the frontrunner because they don’t believe people will end up voting for him.

  • Will HIV Ever be Safe Enough for You?

    There’s a classic episode of “Oprah” from 1987 that can still raise my blood pressure. That year, the tiny town of Williamson, W. Va, became part of a national discussion about AIDS when Mike Sisco, who had returned to his home town to die of the disease, dared to step into a public pool.

  • Window Frames Tell Story of Love at World AIDS Museum

    Lois Wilson went dumpster diving in search of ways to express her sorrow, but what she found was a loving passion to create memories.

  • Winter 2018: Report from HIV Planning Bodies in Broward

    This article discusses the recent meetings of the three HIV planning and advisory bodies in Broward: the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC), the Broward HIV Planning Council (HIVPC), and the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The BCHPPC is the planning body for HIV prevention in Broward. The HIVPC is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward (Broward-RWC). SFAN is the advisory body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward.

    On January 1, 2018, the second year of Broward County’s current Five-Year Plan began. That plan integrates prevention and treatment services.

  • Woman Sentenced for Man's Death After Penis Enlargement

    A New Jersey woman who caused a man's death by injecting silicone into his penis has been sentenced to five years in state prison.

  • World AIDS Day Commemorated in South Florida

    Tuesday, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. It is an opportunity to for people worldwide, including those in South Florida, to unite in the fight against HIV. It is also a day to commemorate those who have died.

  • World AIDS Day Commemorated with Concert, Art Exhibits

    In addition to traditional candlelight vigils, thousands of activists, survivors and loved ones across South Florida will observe World AIDS Day next week with a variety of concerts, art exhibits and observances.

  • World AIDS Day: 8 Dangerous HIV Myths Debunked by the Experts

    (CNN) -- HIV/AIDS is one of the highest profile diseases of our times, but many of us are still ignorant about key aspects of the illness, how it works and how to live with it.

  • World AIDS Museum Hosts Symposium for Poz Milennials

    The World AIDS Museum & Educational Center hosted a Poz Millennials Symposium on Sunday, March 12 at their Wilton Manors location. Attending the event was Kevin Sessums, past executive editor of Interview Magazine and past contributing editor to Vanity Fair. 

  • World AIDS Museum to Open in Wilton Manors

    Hanging from a wall of the World AIDS Museum is a large red, glittery ribbon, the symbol of the HIV/AIDS movement to rid the world of a disease that has taken the lives of more than 21 million people worldwide.

  • Young Gay Men and Black Gay Men Aren’t Staying on HIV Treatment

    New study reveals less than 50 percent of HIV positive gay men are receiving treatment

  • Young Political Activist Comes Out Publicly About HIV Status

    Aaron Darr (by Sharin Tinati)

    He’s a fresh new face on the Florida political scene — with a brave story to tell.