Florida: Broward Health Department Turning Over HIV Care
January 24, 2011
On March 1, Broward County Health Department will privatize the provision of primary medical care, mental health care, and case counseling to uninsured HIV/AIDS patients.
"Over time, the community has developed the capacity through other providers to provide this care," said department spokesperson Candy Sims. "It is now time for us, as public health, to [instead] fill unmet needs and gaps in the service delivery system." The department will continue to offer HIV services related to dental care and pharmacy assistance, large-scale testing, and prevention efforts, and it will still serve inmates and pregnant women. It also plans to launch a new state-funded program to keep HIV-positive people taking their drugs daily, which no other agency does on a major basis, said Sims.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)
01.20.2011; Bob LaMendola
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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