Broward County presented its new HIV prevention plan on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2013. The plan’s core is High Impact Prevention (HIP), consisting of condom distribution, prevention for HIV-positive people, increased HIV testing, structural initiatives to align policies with HIV strategies, and social marketing.
The Broward County Health Department began a series of meetings in 2011 with HIV prevention and treatment providers, resulting in Broward’s local plan titled, “Jurisdictional Prevention Plan 2012–2016: Defining HIV Planning through Our Eyes.” This new plan establishes the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC), a 21-member overall planning body comprised of three teams—the High Impact Prevention Team, the Epidemiology and Research Team, and the Policy Team—and four workgroups that highlight the following major target groups: Blacks, Latinos, men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races, and Transgender people. The workgroups provide a link between the communities and prevention planning. All those interested in joining one of these workgroups may do so. For the Black Advisory Group, call Donna Markland at (954) 467–4700, extension 5600; for the Latino Group, call Evelyn Morales at (954) 467–4700, extension 5705; for the MSM Advisory Group, call John Daily at (954) 467–4700, extension 5528; and for the Transgender Advisory Group, call (954) 467–4700 and ask the operator for the Trans coordinator. The plan acknowledges all the workgroups and lists their members with one exception, which is the MSM Advisory Group. MSM Coordinator John Daily states that gay and bisexual men did participate in the writing of the plan, but as individuals.
Co-Chair of the Florida HIV Advocacy Network Joey Wynn criticized both the plan and the plan’s development process, stating, “The Broward County Health Department’s HIV Prevention Program has been working on this plan for the past two years and only recently hired a gay man to work on this plan. It is time for gay men to get back to our advocacy roots; HIV is still a huge issue for gay men, especially in South Florida.”
All are urged to read the full plan, discuss it, and provide feedback, especially gay, bisexual and other MSM, who comprise approximately 67 percent of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Broward.