National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
Source: CDC
Source: CDC
Source: CDC
Source: CDC
Source: Louisiana Dept. of Health
Source: Louisiana Dept. of Health

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - April 10 is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, a day to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on young people, as well as provide prevention education, and to highlight the work going on across the country to respond to the epidemic.

FAST FACTS (Source: CDC)

  • Youth ages 13 to 24 accounted for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in 2015
  • Gay and bisexual males accounted for most new HIV diagnoses among youth in 2015
  • Overall, new HIV infections are declining among young gay and bisexual men

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says addressing HIV in youth requires giving young people the information and tools they need to reduce their risk, make healthy decisions, and get treatment and care if needed.

HIV/AIDS PREVENTION & AWARENESS

  • Get tested
  • Be informed and encourage others to do the same
  • Call the Louisiana Statewide HIV/AIDs info line: 1-800-992-4379

LOUISIANA'S HIV SUMMARY

The most recent CDC HIV Surveillance Report was released in November 2017 and provided the 2016 rankings.

Louisiana ranked 3rd in the nation for HIV case rates (24.6 per 100,000 population) and 8th in the estimated number of HIV cases. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked 3rd and the New Orleans MSA ranked 2nd for HIV case rates (30.2 and 33.3 per 100,000 respectively), among the large metropolitan areas in the nation.

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (LDH)

The STD/HIV Program's (SHP) Services Unit provides a variety of patient care services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, such as primary medical care, medications, dental services, assistance with transportation, rent and utilities, child care, supplemental food items, and other needed support services.

The Services Program is primarily funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Louisiana.

PROGRAMS

  • Louisiana Health Access Program (LA HAP)
  • Health Insurance Program (HIP)
  • HIV Direct Services (such as Case Management)
  • Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)

There are several facilities and services available in Baton Rouge for anyone with questions about HIV/AIDS or in need of testing.

HIV/AIDS ALLIANCE FOR REGION TWO (HAART)

HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART) offers care for people living with HIV AIDS including housing, primary care, medications, case management, and an array of supportive services.

HAART provides HIV prevention and education as well as free testing to the Baton Rouge area.

HAART HIV TESTING

  • 4560 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge
  • No appointment required
  • HIV testing is free
  • 225-927-1269

HAART TESTING HOURS

  • Monday thru Thursday
    noon to  4 p.m.
  • Friday
    9 a.m. to noon

BATON ROUGE AIDS SOCIETY (BRASS)

The Baton Rouge AIDS Society (BRASS) serves as a testing and training provider with special emphasis on the Greater Baton Rouge area.  It offers avenues to foster ethical, personal, social-emotional and intellectual development. The organization believes those qualities are essential to making appropriate choices that will ultimately decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs, as well as increase civic responsibility.

BRASS services a number of communities in the metro area.

BATON ROUGE AIDS SOCIETY (BRASS)

  • Baton Rouge
  • Port Allen
  • Clinton
  • Jackson
  • Gonzales
  • Plaquemine
  • New Roads
  • St. Francisville
  • Donaldsonville
  • White Castle
  • Prairieville
  • St. Gabriel
  • Geismer
  • Darrow
  • Carville
  • Sunshine

For more information, or to make an appointment to get tested, call 225-923-AIDS (2437).

FAMILY SERVICE OF GREATER BATON ROUGE

The Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge offers an HIV/AIDS Care Coordination and Women & Children's Program. They are committed to assisting HIV/AIDS clients in accessing services and programs to further their well - being.

Care Coordination includes linking positive men and women to health care and psycho-social assistance, to appropriate levels of medical and support services, as well as housing, living, transportation expenses. Family services include case management, support groups, counseling, health/treatment education, transportation, child care, financial assistance toward rent, mortgage, utilities, medication, eye and dental care.

HIV CARE COORDINATION

  • 4727 Revere Avenue
  • Baton Rouge
  • 225-927-9810

PARISHES SUPPORTED

  • East Baton Rouge
  • Livingston
  • West Baton Rouge
  • Iberville
  • Ascension
  • Point Coupee
  • East & West Feliciana

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA-GREATER BATON ROUGE
Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge provides access to medical care for people who have HIV/AIDS. The organization also supports people in care to encourage medical compliance and to slow their disease progression.

There are several supportive services available through Volunteers of America, including affordable housing to help HIV/AIDS patients maintain their quality of life. Services are currently available to individuals throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area.

CONTACT

  • 1755 Wooddale Boulevard
  • Baton Rouge
  • 225-925-2372

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