Have you just found out you are HIV positive? You may feel scared or upset first, but now that you know you are HIV positive, you have the ability to control what happens next.
Living with HIV isn't like it used to be. It is no longer a death sentence. Being treated for HIV leads to feeling well and living a full, productive and healthy life. Some things may have to change; however, you may find that embracing the changes can improve your life.
STEP ONE: Visit www.noflacweb.org. Click on the heading, "Newly Diagnosed". You will find a link there called "Day One". This one-page document was written by people living with HIV who know what you're going through and who care about your health and well-being. Let it guide you as you cope with learning the news of your positive HIV status.
STEP TWO: Connect to services. Visit "Local HIV Services" at www.noflacweb.org. You will find a list of the many HIV and AIDS service programs available in Northwest Florida. These programs provide a wide variety of services to assist you in living with HIV.
STEP THREE: After reading "Day One" and finding out about services, return to the home page and visit all the pages under the home page buttons. There you will find a world of information that can give you strength and resolve in your fight against HIV.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is intended to help HIV positive people stay healthy by assisting with the purchase of HIV prescription medications. ADAP provides HIV drug treatments for people who do not have private health insurance, do not qualify for Medicaid or are awaiting Medicaid eligibility and cannot afford to purchase the medications themselves.
To obtain documentation of core eligibility, contact Lutheran Services at 850-497-7157.
What documentation is needed?
At the time of enrollment you need to have in hand:
- Documentation of positive HIV status.
- Prescriptions from a doctor licensed to practice in the state of Florida (dated within the past 6 months).
- Current Viral Load and CD4 (T Cell) lab results (dated within the past 4 months).
- Patient core eligibility letter from Ryan White Services.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is treatment with medications that may prevent infection before being exposed to HIV. PrEP is not medication alone. The medication is taken daily after undergoing some laboratory testing for renal health (kidneys), laboratory screening for HIV, viral hepatitis and other STDs, medical assessment of a seropositive partner, if indicated, and a coordinated program of risk assessment, risk-reduction counseling, treatment adherence counseling and sexual health education. Persons taking PrEP should also continue to use other proven prevention strategies including condoms and safer sexual practices. The caregiver will also address other considerations for women of child-bearing age. PrEP may be provided through your local healthcare professional. PrEP is currently available through DOH-Santa Rosa.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited funding, not everyone who is eligible for the program may receive services. Should ADAP services be unavailable, other possible funding options can be sought with the assistance of a case manager.
For more information call the ADAP Representative at the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, Milton, FL office at 850-983-5200.
Florida's HIV/AIDS Hotline - 1-800-FLA-AIDS (1-800-352-2437)