Jun 30, 2015

Florida Struggles With Growing Number of HIV Infections


By on 6:29 AM

Florida is experiencing a significant growth in HIV infection cases, according to a Florida Department of Health report (pdf).

In 2012, the number of reported cases was 4,512, well below the more than 7,800 reported in 2008. But in 2013, the number increased to 5,467 cases. In 2014, it increased further, up 12% to 6,147 cases.

The five leading counties in Florida reporting the highest  number of HIV cases in 2014 were:
  1. Miami-Dade 
  2. Broward 
  3. Orange 
  4. Hillsborough
  5. Palm Beach
The report, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicates Florida was the state with the highest number of newly diagnosed HIV infection cases in 2013.

All six of Florida's large metropolitan statistical areas — Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach — reported more cases individually than many states as a whole, with Miami reporting more cases than all but four other states in the U.S.

The Florida Department of Health and CDC provides a wealth resources to assist with HIV prevention and provide help for those with the infection. Here are links to some of these resources:

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS), which is based in Delray Beach, Florida. Phenelle has more than 30 years experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes to implement and maintain an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission (TJC), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies, respond to situations of noncompliance, and improve the processes for reducing risk.

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