With South Florida continuing to be the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in America, two key organizations are joining forces to fight the spread, help patients, and educate the community.

Broward House is a new affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

Broward House has long been a community leader in providing housing for people in need, and over the years has expanded its services to support the health and stability of clients no matter the status of their insurance. AHF specializes in providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy and is the world’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care.

This new affiliation will let Broward House not only expand its critical services, but will also streamline aspects of care including case management and medical services.

“AHF and Broward House have been ongoing partners in providing the services needed for those living with HIV and AIDS in the Broward community and addressing the ongoing need for testing and prevention services. As an affiliate of AHF, it allows us to create a strong foundation to expand services and ensure continued patient care for those we currently serve.  It is a win for Broward House and a win for all in Broward County,” stated Stacy Hyde, CEO of Broward House.

Broward House serves more than 3,000 people throughout Broward County.

This advanced partnership comes on the eve of the annual Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival, which is set for Saturday, March 19 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. This year’s goal is to raise $1.5 million, and just over half has been raised with less than a month to go. Broward House will now be one of the local agencies that will benefit from the funds raised.

According to recent statistics, Broward County continues to rank in the top five counties nationally with the highest rates of new HIV diagnosis. The Florida Department of Health has indicated that two key components to the state reducing new cases of HIV transmission, are providing rapid access to treatment and ensuring retention in care and patients having access to care services. AHF and Broward House both focus on these components and believe their partnership will expand their reach to more at-risk people in South Florida.

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