WEBINAR • Mommies, Babies, and HIV: How Community Collaboration Leads to Positive Outcomes (03/29/2017)

The Perinatal HIV Prevention Program at the USF Center for HIV Education and Research is proud to offer this video on the challenges and success related to the care of the HIV positive pregnant woman and her HIV exposed infant. This webinar will highlight the importance of community collaboration to achieve a positive outcome for both mother and baby.

Presented by

Beth M. Sudduth, M.P.H., HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program Manager, Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County

Holly Beaver, R.N., Perinatal Nurse Coordinator, USF

WEBINAR • Women’s Readiness to Disclose HIV Status to Family (12/16/2016)

Results from a recent disclosure intervention study designed to help HIV-positive men and women disclose their status to family members will be presented by Julianne Serovich, Dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF. Women’s data from the baseline session of the intervention will be discussed, paying special attention to those factors that are associated with women’s disclosure decisions.


WEBINAR • Protecting Your Patient, Her Baby, and Yourself (10/06/2016)

The Perinatal HIV Prevention Program at the USF Center for HIV Education and Research is proud to offer this video on what physicians, mothers, and other medical professionals can do in order to prevent HIV transmission from mother to baby.

Presented by

Millie Leach, R.N.
Program Manager
USF Center for Education and Research
Perinatal HIV Prevention Program



Tallahassee, Fla.—The number of babies being born with HIV has reached an all-time lowdown 95 percent since 1993. In 2014, six babies in Florida were born with HIV infection. At the height of this problem, in 1993, there were 110 HIV-infected babies were born. With proper prenatal care and strict adherence to medication, the rate of perinatal HIV transmission can be reduced to 2 percent or less. In 2014, 505 HIV-infected women gave birth, reflecting a transmission rate of 1.2 percent.

“Every baby born in Florida should have the best chance for a healthy life,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “With advances in HIV treatment, transmission from mother to baby is preventable and all pregnant women should be screened for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.”

The department’s perinatal HIV prevention program is multifaceted – targeting women of childbearing age and medical providers. Medical providers are educated on Florida law, which requires that all pregnant women be tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections unless the woman refuses. HIV-infected pregnant women are educated on the importance of proper prenatal care, adherence to medication and alternatives to breast feeding.

In addition to Florida’s testing law for pregnant women and ongoing education of medical providers, the dramatic decrease in perinatal infections is attributed to decreases in HIV infection among women and programs such as the Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA). Through targeted outreach and testing, at-risk or HIV-infected pregnant women are identified and linked to prenatal care and other needed services, such as substance abuse treatment.

It is estimated that there are 126,000 individuals living with HIV in Florida, and as many as 14 percent or almost 18,000 do not know that they are infected. To combat this problem, the Florida Department of Health has developed a comprehensive program for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and for providing care and treatment to those already infected. This comprehensive approach includes HIV surveillance, education, prevention, counseling, testing, care and treatment.

Article Source: http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2015/08/081215-perinatal.html
For more information please visit www.FloridaAIDS.org.

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