Seven Florida Counties were awarded grant money by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of its Ending the HIV Epidemic plan.
The Florida Counties — Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach and Pinellas — will receive $10.6 million in federal funding. Overall, the CDC awarded $109 million to 57 areas prioritized in the plan.
According to data from 2018, Miami-Dade had the most people (26,015) living with diagnosed HIV, followed by Broward (19,249) and Orange (8,514). Pinellas County had the highest percentage of people who have achieved viral suppression (70.6), followed by Hillsborough (69.1) and Broward (68.2).
The EHE plan started in 2019 with outreach to minority communities in DeKalb County, Ga., East Baton Rouge, Parish, La. and Baltimore. In these communities, state and local health departments hired more health care workers, trained registered nurses, expanded testing and provided the same day care linkage and access to PrEP.
“We will not end the HIV epidemic without the voices and participation of the communities most severely affected by HIV,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, in a press release on July 31. “Scientific advancements are powerful, but we won’t end this epidemic unless we commit to addressing the health disparities clearly evident with the HIV epidemic. This funding will assist communities as they address the long-standing gaps in equitable access to advancements in HIV and bring us closer to the finish line.”