Metro Inclusive Health is pleased to be a part of the Zero Pinellas project, combining the strengths of the community partners and major players to go above and beyond the current norm of HIV testing, treating and retaining individuals in care; thus, reducing infections and decreasing viral loads. Aspects of the program include:
- Increasing targeted testing by looking at knowledge, attitudes and behaviors
- Increasing linkage services to include intensive case management and a peer approach to identify the more at-risk individual with the more intensive social and environmental barriers to care
- Decrease the window of time with which individuals are tested and then treated to decrease viral loads and infections
- Decrease stigma by increasing social media messaging
- Increase medication services to promote PrEP as a preferred and practiced method to decrease viral loads
- Promote policy changes to reduce stigma and implement best practices as well as continue good works as a method of sustainability
Read more about Zero Pinellas in Watermark.