About Pinellas EHE
In 2019, Pinellas County identified 196 new HIV cases.
HIV cases increased by 20% from 2018 to 2019.
In 2019, Black people in Pinellas were 5.9 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than White people.
Since 2015, Hispanic people have had a 5% increase in the rate of new HIV cases.
Everyone between the ages of 13–64 should have an HIV test in their lifetime. Those with ongoing risks should be tested more frequently by their healthcare provider, as should pregnant women, who should be tested in their first and third trimester.
✅Enhance community engagement
✅Encourage routine HIV testing
✅Increase awareness to HIV prevention
✅Reduce barriers to and increase adherence to HIV treatment
✅Expand access to HIV protection medications
✅Ensure access to resources for all community members
The Florida Department of Health has identified reducing transmission of HIV as one of its seven priority goals.
To achieve this goal, Florida has adopted a comprehensive strategic approach to prevent HIV transmission and strengthen patient care activities.
THE 2022 PINELLAS EHE NARRATIVE
Pinellas County Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) is the local initiative to reduce new HIV cases by at least 90% by the year 2030.
As part of this effort, we focus on four key strategies knowns as Pillars:
✅Diagnose all people with HIV as early as possible
✅Treat people with HIV as quickly as possible
✅Prevent the spread of HIV
✅Respond to HIV outbreaks