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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN THE COUNTY MIAMI-DADE RECOGNIZES WORLD AIDS DAY – DECEMBER 1

Miami, Florida-The The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is uniting with people and communities around the world as we celebrate World AIDS Day by showing support for people living with HIV and honoring those we have lost. The theme for the 2022 celebration is “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV.”

Ending HIV in Florida requires the collective effort of all Floridians and knowing your HIV status is the first step. Your HIV status determines which prevention or care options are right for you. Florida is a national leader in HIV testing and there are many ways to get tested. Visit www.testmiami.org to order a free home test kit or learn more about test providers in your area.

It is critical that people diagnosed with HIV begin treatment as soon as possible. Immediate treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART) usually leads to a long, healthy life for people living with HIV. It is also a method of preventing HIV. ART reduces the amount of HIV in the body, making it more difficult to pass it on to others.

More tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. A healthcare provider can help you determine the right next steps, including taking PrEP, testing regularly, and using condoms to reduce your risk of contracting HIV.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and community partners will work together to host numerous community events to raise awareness, show support for people living with HIV, and remember those we have lost to AIDS. Visit www.testmiami.org for a list of World AIDS Day events.

For more information, call the Florida AIDS Hotline at 1-800-FLA-AIDS or 1-800-352-2437; En Español, 1-800-545-SIDA; In Creole, 1-800-AIDS-101.

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