While HIV can and does affect all parts of the country and people, some communities have been more affected. Like other cities in the South, New Orleans has been heavily affected by HIV.
But it’s doesn’t have to be this way!
The Louisiana Department of Health’s STD/HIV Program (SHP) coordinates statewide and regional programs designed to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs and to provide quality medical and social services for those living with HIV/AIDS and other STDS.
The PrEP Program (PrEPP) is a CDC-funded initiative to expand access to PrEP, the HIV prevention pill to reduce risk of getting HIV. Find out more about getting on PrEP in NOLA .
For those living with or affected by HIV, there are more options than ever to treat HIV and significantly reduce the risk of passing the virus to others. If you are living with HIV or know someone who, make getting into care a priority. There are local services that can help.
To talk with someone about HIV prevention and care, call the Louisiana Statewide AIDS/STD Infoline: 1-800-99-AIDS-9 or 1-800-992-4379
Contracts with community-based organizations to provide HIV counseling and testing, educational materials, outreach, training, and a statewide infoline for HIV, other STD and TB-related information and referrals.
Assists people living with and affected by HIV with support services such as primary medical care, HIV medication assistance, insurance assistance, housing, legal, transportation assistance and more.
Monitors the progression of HIV and other STDs throughout the state. Also aids in prevention planning efforts and guides the allocation of resources for HIV treatment, care, and other supportive services.
Provides critical data to assist with community planning, resource allocation, and public health education efforts to ensure the quality and effectiveness of those activities.