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Linkage to Care Program

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Linkage to Care Program

Fact: Starting early with HIV medical care slows the disease and can improve health.

HIV positive? We can help with medications.

People with HIV now are living longer and with a better quality of life. If taken the right way - every day, medicine also greatly reduces the chance of transmitting HIV to sex partners.

To help people with HIV to stay healthy and avoid giving the virus to others, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County connects HIV-positive people to HIV medical care through the Linkage to Care Program. We serve people living in Volusia and Flagler counties.

The Linkage to Care program offers:

  • treatment to lower and control the amount of HIV in the body

  • counseling and education

  • support developing a plan to get you HIV medical care

  • identification of barriers to care

  • referrals to community resources and social services

  • HIV rapid testing and linkage in Volusia County correctional facilities.

The program assists people who:

  • recently tested positive for HIV

  • previously tested positive for HIV

  • are not receiving medical care for HIV/AIDS

Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS)

People diagnosed within the past 12 months may be eligible for the anti-retroviral treatment and intervention services including:

  • up to five client sessions within a 90-day period.

  • strength-based case management.

  • help with identifying barriers that might hinder HIV-positive individuals from accessing care. These can include housing, transportation, financial, substance abuse and mental health issues.

  • support to develop an action plan for linking to HIV medical care.

  • referrals to community resources.

People diagnosed more than 12 months ago, may be eligible for direct referral to HIV medical care.

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The Linkage to Care Program is:

  • Confidential. HIPPA law protects your privacy and ensures your confidentiality.

  • Supportive. If you just found out that you’re HIV Positive, we are here to help.

  • Affordable. Services offered at no-cost through the Ryan White Program.

We are here to help. Please contact us today.

Facts * Starting early with HIV medical care slows the disease and can improve health. * Medical care provides additional opportunities to reduce risk of transmission. * Early medical care results in cost savings to individuals and the health care system.