Louisiana HIV/AIDS Quarterly Reports Presented by Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health.
Louisiana had the nation's fourth highest AIDS case rate in 2010, and Baton Rouge and New Orleans were first and fifth, respectively, among U.S. cities in AIDS case rates. These high rankings emphasize the necessity for Louisianians to take action by getting tested for HIV.
At a news conference today at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) officials announced free HIV testing will be provided outside this Saturday's Bayou Classic game. The testing is being provided by DHH, OraSure Technologies, Inc., and the Kaiser Family Foundation's "Greater Than AIDS" movement. Fans can get screened on game day from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Louisiana STD/HIV Program Health Fair tent in Champions Square next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The HIV epidemic continues to have a significant impact on the public health of Louisiana. Louisiana Statistical information related to HIV/AIDS are available here.
Take the Test! Take Control! This is the key message of this year’s National HIV Testing Day, set for June 27. The day is dedicated to encouraging people to find out their HIV status and helping those who are positive access treatment and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
This report was prepared for the Louisiana HIV/AIDS Program (HAP) of the Office of Public Health within the Department of Health and Hospitals. The purpose of this needs assessment is to gain understanding of the current care service needs of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) throughout Louisiana and within each of the nine administrative regions. In particular, the assessment aims to provide an accurate estimate of the extent of PLWHA’s unmet primary care and HIV-related support service needs, their experiences in accessing those services, the perceived barriers to those services, and some insight into their reported knowledge of those services. Our aim in constructing this statewide assessment was to collect opinions, perceptions, and experiences from a group of people that is as representative of people living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana as is possible.