AIDS group offers prevention and treatment programs throughout Florida and across the world
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On a busy interstate in Miami, a billboard created by AIDS Healthcare Foundation is promoting awareness of HIV at home and abroad. The sign shows a red ribbon, the iconic symbol of AIDS awareness, tying together two side-by-side billboards and running across an image of the world. A message over the ribbon shares AHF's mission: "Cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."
Globally, an estimated 34 million people are living with HIV. In Miami-Dade County, the estimate is 26,711, or about one in every 100 Miami residents, who may see AHF’s billboard alongside Route I-95, three-tenths of a mile north of I-395. Florida now has the third highest rate of new HIV infections in the nation.
"There's been great progress over the past two decades, but the AIDS epidemic is still very much with us, and Florida remains an epicenter here in the U.S.," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "Through advertising and outreach like this billboard, we want to remind people that we're working to provide easy access to rapid testing and treatment all over the world in the places that need it most—including South Florida. When people know treatment is there for them, regardless of their financial situation, they're more likely to get tested and to get into care if they need."
The new billboard in Miami is part of AHF’s ongoing HIV/AIDS media advertising and awareness campaigns in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and South Florida. Previous ads have promoted testing, treatment access and advocacy issues such as condom use. For information on AHF’s free HIV testing locations in South Florida and elsewhere, please visit www.freehivtest.net.
About AIDS Healthcare Foundation
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 183,000 individuals in 27 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.
In FLORIDA, AHF serves more than 15,000 Floridians living with HIV/AIDS through a variety of programs, including free HIV testing and prevention programs; HIV/AIDS health care centers located in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Jacksonville, eight AHF Pharmacies located throughout the state, a statewide disease management program; and its Positive Healthcare Managed Care program.
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Ged Kenslea, AHF Communications Director