HIV/AIDS

LGBT Free Media Collective

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Surveillance Report ranks the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area 16th in the nation in 2013 when it comes to the number of new cases of HIV.  We’ll explore what’s behind the area’s startling increase in HIV infections, the scope and status of HIV/AIDS treatment options in Southwest Florida and public education outreach efforts encouraging prevention and targeting at-risk communities.

A new Florida law kicking in today makes getting an HIV test easier. Doctors no longer need written consent to give patients an HIV test in health care settings, like doctor’s offices and hospitals.

The law could have a big impact in Florida, which has more new HIV infections than anywhere else in the country.

Florida insurance regulators will start reviewing health plans for discriminatory practices after three insurers were accused of charging higher prices for HIV drugs.

Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. In the lead up, groups across Florida are offering free tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

  Many Florida Department of Health offices are conducting simple blood tests for HIV and syphilis.

Charles Williams is sitting at a table with two of the young men he mentors. They get together at least twice a week.

On this day, they’re talking about sex. More specifically,  about protection.

“In the heat of the moment sometimes, a guy doesn't necessarily reach for a condom,” Williams tells Dwayne Jackson, 14, and Traivon Harris, 15. 

The boys get bashful and chuckle at William’s blunt delivery.

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