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,The Institute of Women's Health of North America Increases its Outreach by Offering Free and Confidential HIV Testing in Florida,
Date:11/23/2009

The Institute of Women's Health of North America is offering FREE and Confidential HIV Testing services at its affiliated campuses in Florida. To locate a campus near you, please visit this webpage: FREE HIV TESTING SITE or call 1-877-966-3672 or 1-407-248-1644 (Main Office).

(Vocus) November 23, 2009 -- We are well into the third decade of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic and yet, with all the effort and resources expended, the rate of HIV infection remains high particularly in the minority population. As of December 2007, 1,051,875 AIDS cases were reported in the U.S; 114,057 were in the State of Florida. Florida ranked third in the nation in the number of AIDS cases and third in the rate per 100,000. An estimated 125,000 people or approximately 11.7% of the national estimates of 1,185,000 are currently thought to be HIV-infected in Florida.



Cumulatively through December 2007, of all the states and territories in the U.S., Florida ranked 3rd in the number of AIDS cases reported; Miami also ranked 3rd in metropolitan statistical areas reporting highest number of AIDS cases. In pediatric population, Florida is 2nd behind New York in the number of HIV cases reported.

HIV case ranking data compiled by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis shows that during the January – July 2009 reporting period, three (3) of the counties that we serve (Broward, Hillsborough and Orange) were in the top-five counties in the state with the highest HIV case rankings. Interestingly, the HIV caseloads in these counties accounted for 30% of all HIV cases reported in Florida. In Florida (as in the nation), majority of HIV cases reported in 2008 were among blacks (46%) as compared to whites (34%); minorities account for
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