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The Project Access Foundation (PAF) is a community-based organization providing access to medical, social, and support services to all residents across South Florida.
We offer general primary care with a specialization in comprehensive HIV/STI prevention and treatment, including PrEP, PEP, Antiretroviral Treatment, and Gender Affirming Care. We also provide linkage to dental, behavioral health treatment and other support services.
PAF’s one-stop medical home model relies on the delivery of compassionate, enthusiastic healthcare exceeding patient expectations every time, regardless of sexual orientation, cultural, financial or social status.
Questions? Our care coordinators are ready to take your call, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention and Treatment
Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention and Treatment When it comes to sexual health and well-being, there are an array of illnesses that can be uncomfortable or even life-threatening. It is important to arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to protect yourself from these illnesses.
The only way to know for sure if you have HIV/STI is to get tested. If you’re sexually active, you and your partners should get tested for STI (including HIV if you’re HIV-negative) regularly, even if you don’t have symptoms. If you have another STI, you’re more likely to get or transmit HIV to others. Some of the most common STI include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, trichomoniasis, human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes, and hepatitis.
If you are HIV-negative but have an STI, you are about 3 times as likely to get HIV if you have unprotected sex with someone who has HIV. There are two ways that having an STI can increase the likelihood of getting HIV. If the STI causes irritation of the skin (for example, from syphilis, herpes, or human papillomavirus), breaks or sores may make it easier for HIV to enter the body during sexual contact. Even STI that cause no breaks or open sores (for example, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis) can increase your risk by causing inflammation that increases the number of cells that can serve as targets for HIV.
If you are HIV-positive and also have another STI, you are about 3 times as likely as other people with HIV to transmit HIV through sexual contact. This appears to happen because there is an increased concentration of HIV in the semen and genital fluids of HIV-positive people who also have another STI.
The First Step in Protecting Yourself
Taking the time to learn about the various illnesses, HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. No effective cure exists for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Some groups of people in the United States are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including their sex partners, their risk behaviors, and where they live. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner(s) healthy.
If you test positive, you can take medicine to treat HIV . People with HIV who take HIV medicine as prescribed can live long and healthy lives. There's also an important prevention benefit.
Everyone aged 13 through 64 should get tested one time, regardless of their risk factors. People who have occasional exposure to HIV risks should be tested at least once a year. People who are at high risk for HIV infection should get tested every 3 to 6 months.
Although STI and STD are used interchangeably, they are not one and the same. An STI is a sexually transmitted infection, while an STD is a sexually transmitted disease. It is important to get tested for sexually transmitted illnesses, as a simple screening can save your life. Read on to learn more about the most commonly transmitted sexually transmitted infections and sexually transmitted Some of the most common STI include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, trichomoniasis, human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes,hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Prevention is The Best Treatment
Why choose Project Access Foundation?
- Top Infectious Disease and Primary Care Physicians
- In-house pharmacy services, Including medication delivery service through-out Florida
- Free HIV/STI, HCV and in-home HIV testing
- Comprehensive medical services
- Friendly, compassionate, and a LGBTQ+ safe space
Did You Know?
According to 2017 data:
- Florida has the 3rd highest rate of HIV cases in the US (22.9 per 100,000 people) following Georgia and Washington DC
According to 2018 data:
- Miami-Dade County has the highest rate of HIV cases in Florida (43.65 per 100,000 people)
- Broward County has the 3rd highest rate of HIV cases in Florida (34.73 per 100,000 people)
- Miami-Dade County has the 5th highest rate of AIDS cases in Florida (14.34 per 100,000 people)
- Broward County has the 7th highest rate of AIDS cases in Florida (13.71 per 100,000 people)
Afraid You Were Exposed To HIV?
PEP is a treatment that can prevent you from contracting HIV if started within 72 hours of exposure. PEP is administered as a pill taken once or twice a day for approximately 4 weeks.
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Prevention Is The Best Treatment
If you are sexually active with multiple partners you are at high risk of contracting HIV. Ask us about PrEP, the daily pill that can prevent you from contracting HIV.