The University of South Florida (USF) Center for HIV Education and Research operates various HIV Prevention Programs funded by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The objectives of these programs are to educate providers on the CDC's recommendations for routine HIV testing of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in all healthcare settings and on how to integrate HIV prevention interventions for HIV-positive patients as a part of routine care. The goals of these initiatives are to increase the number of healthcare providers who include HIV testing as a routine part of general medical and prenatal care; offer treatment and care or appropriate referral for care and services; and offer prevention education to everyone, especially those at increased risk of HIV infection.
An essential component of the prevention programs is the distribution of educational materials to healthcare providers throughout the region. These materials include brochures, posters, and online resources designed to inform providers and patients about the importance of HIV testing as a routine part of healthcare maintenance and the Florida law related to HIV testing in both the public and private sector.
To assist in becoming familiar with the HIV Testing Recommendations, Florida HIV Testing Law and Perinatal HIV Testing Law, a widget has been developed, which is accessible and downloadable from any of the HIV Prevention Program pages.
A team of highly-skilled instructors are available throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist providers with implementing testing protocols and to educate them on the most current HIV treatment and prevention options.