Since 1991, the Comprehensive Family AIDS Program has provided care to infants, children, youth, women and families who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Funding is provided through the federal Ryan White Care Act, Parts A and D, of the federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and Children’s Medical Services of the State of Florida (CMS).
CFAP Services Include:
- Nutritional counseling
- Dental care
- 24/7 on-call for medical care
- Laboratory tests, including confidential and anonymous HIV screening
- Access to clinical trials and research studies
- Support groups; client advocacy; education
- Summer camp program for infected children
The Pride Center’s mission is to provide a welcoming, safe space–an inclusive home that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida. For more than 16 years, the Center’s varied programs and services have met the distinct needs of the LGBTQ community. More than 17,000 adults and youth attend activities at the Center each year. Our award-winning HIV Counseling and Testing program administers testing to more than 300 individuals each month. Our nationally renowned PALS Project has helped more than 9,500 bisexual and gay men living with HIV live safer, richer lives. In addition, over 2,000 people will participate in HIV workshops, individual prevention counseling, community-wide health seminars, skills-building programs and social support groups for people living with HIV at the Center this year.
Pridelines Youth Services based in Miami/Dade is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by gay youth for LGBTQ youth and their allies in the wake of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign. Rooted in a peer-led/adult-facilitated youth group model, and with the help of Dr Marilyn Volker, Peter Meyer and other concerned adults, the group began meeting at Miami-Dade College in 1982. In 1996, under the leadership of group member Dale Ayres, the group incorporated. Dale became our first Executive Director, we moved into our own space, and formally changed our name to Pridelines Youth Services. Fundraising efforts increased, Health Department contracts soon followed and programs grew. Pridelines was one of the first community-based HIV testing sites in Miami-Dade County. For more than 28 years now, Pridelines has provided safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development and referrals to mental health, health care and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies.
AIDS Help (AH) was formed in March 1986, as many of Key West’s most prominent and colorful citizens were dying from a newly discovered disease, which we now call HIV/AIDS.Now in its 26th year of service, it is Florida’s oldest continuously operating AIDS service organization (ASO) and remains the only agency in Monroe County that serves individuals with HIV and AIDS.Monroe County has the highest prevalence of HIV for whites and Hispanics in the entire state of Florida, the state with the third highest number of AIDS cases nationally. (Monroe County has the second highest per capita rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the state; Miami-Dade County has a higher rate per 100,000 population.)All of this is exacerbated by the party atmosphere that draws 3.5 million vacationers to Key West each year, many of whom engage in high-risk substance and sexual abuse risk behavior.Hence, AH provides case-managed health care, housing, food, counseling, referral and support services to assist in helping people live fuller, healthier lives…plus services not covered by other grants and resources, such as non-covered prescription medications, alternative therapies and a nutrition/fitness program.AH additionally provides HIV health education intervention, testing, referral, safe sex packet and condom distribution and outreach/referral services.
All told, AH has served over 2,700 clients in its history and currently provides support for some 335 individuals across the demographic spectrum, from Key Largo to Key West.
AH is the proud owner of 96 units of housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, the only ASO in the state to hold that distinction.
Because of its participation in BIKE It & B.E.A.R. It for AIDS, The Southernmost AIDS Ride 2 and the subsequent SMART Rides 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8, AH has been able to complete additional units of housing, 50 units which opened on June 1, 2011 and continue to provide.
AH is grateful for the opportunity to take part for the past eight years, and look forward to helping make a difference in the lives of so many again in 2012!