An essential step in achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) works with a combination of scientifically proven, cost-effective, and scalable interventions focused on populations at risk of HIV. Our efforts are centered on serving HIV-infected people and people at risk for HIV infection, linking them to care and treatment, and providing interventions to improve medication adherence and risk reduction.
There are two focal points of our community-wide prevention program.
- Early Intervention Services: The Department of Health monitors all HIV counseling, testing, and linkage services throughout Flagler and Volusia counties We coordinate test site registration and renewals, monitor test site activities, and provide technical assistance and supplies. We also provide training for the HIV 500/501 course (Client-Centered Counseling and Testing), HIV 501 update (required annually), and the rapid-test certification (at limited times). In collaboration with other area county health departments, DOH-Volusia provides HIV testing for HIV awareness days, including National HIV Testing Day, World AIDS Day, and gay pride events.
- Community-Based Health Education/Risk Reduction Programs: The Department of Health offers several community-based programs, such as medical/treatment adherence services, service linkage, and referrals. The Interdiction Project and secondary prevention evidence-based interventions, such as Comprehensive Risk and Referral Services (CRRS), Healthy Relationships, and Many Men, Many Voice, are also offered.
A variety of HIV prevention materials, such as brochures and condoms are available.
Our HIV prevention staff provide community education about HIV prevention. Staff visit college campuses, faith-based groups and other community organizations to provide HIV testing and education and information on clinical services. One-on-one education also is available, when needed.