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The Kentucky Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Section assesses the current and future impact of HIV in Kentucky. The section is composed of surveillance, prevention and service programs.

  1. Ensuring that HIV/AIDS surveillance is a quality, secure system;
  2. Ensuring that all people at risk for HIV infection know their sero-status;
  3. Ensuring that those who are not infected with HIV remain uninfected;
  4. Ensuring that those infected with HIV do not transmit HIV to others;
  5. Ensuring that those infected with HIV have access to the most effective therapies possible;
  6. Ensuring a quality professional education program that includes the most current HIV/AIDS information.

Find an HIV Test Site

Every county health department in Kentucky and many community based organizations offer free anonymous or confidential HIV tests.     Find a test site near you (opens a new browser window).

HIV/AIDS Programs

Syringe Exchange Programs
To combat growing concern over HIV and Hepatitis C outbreaks, Kentucky law allows county health departments to provide syringe exchange programs. These programs have proven effective in reducing the spread of infections without increasing drug use. 

HIV/AIDS Continuing Education
This program is responsible for providing training on HIV testing and counseling and on linkage-to-care for those testing positive. 

CHFS-sponsored HIV/AIDS Course on TRAIN for all Health Care Personnel (free CME).

Kentucky HIV/AIDS Planning and Advisory Council

The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Planning and Advisory Council (KHPAC) is responsible for planning priority interventions for target populations across the state, advising the Cabinet for Health and Family Services regarding HIV/AIDS activity in the commonwealth and providing guidance to the Title II Services Program. Much effort is made to assure the membership of KHPAC reflects the epidemic in our state with representation from all targeted populations.

HIV/AIDS Legislation and Regulations

See the HIV/AIDS Resources page.

HIV Prevention Blueprint for the Nation

The nation's AIDS directors have sent a clear message to the U.S. government and public: Increase America’s investment in HIV prevention or run the risk of losing the war against HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

In the early days of the epidemic, successful state and local programs led to a 75 percent decrease in the rate of HIV transmission in the U.S. Despite steady funding erosion and an increasing number of infetious people, these programs have kept the epidemic stable for more than 15 years.

Unfortunately, the US is approaching a tipping point at which the prevention response is threatened.

To stave off the looming crisis, AIDS directors offer three recommendations:

  • Adequately fund the CDC prevention program at a minimum of $1.3 billion dollars annually.
  • Invest realistically in services that work to prevent infection, including access to sterile injection equipment, research to develop new population-specific interventions, enhanced programs in correctional settings and abandonment of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in favor of comprehensive sexuality education.
  • Invest meaningfully in programs that support HIV prevention including STD treatment, substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental health services, housing and expanded research to identify an HIV vaccine and effective microbicides.

AIDS directors have called on the federal government to make a commitment to end the epidemic in America and fully support and fund leadership on the local level.

HIV/AIDS among Blacks

In the US, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health crisis for blacks. At all stages of HIV/AIDS - from HIV infection to death with AIDS - blacks are disproportionately affected compared to other races and ethnicities. See the fact sheet HIV and African Americans

Ryan White and State-Funded Programs

Kentucky HIV Care Coordinator Program (KHCCP)

The intent of the KHCCP is to help provide quality, continued care and services to HIV-infected individuals and their families. The program provides care coordinators in seven regional sites through arrangements with local health departments in the Lake Cumberland, Northern Kentucky and Kentucky River regions and four non-profit agencies in the Barren River, Lexington, Louisville and Purchase regions to assess needs and provide services. These regional sites allow for statewide coverage and better local access to services. 

KHCCP also is an umbrella program for other client assistance programs such as the Kentucky Health Insurance Continuation and Outpatient Health Care and Support Services programs. KHCCP receives federal funds and is a service-funding source of last resort. Financial assistance is not guaranteed. Funding is limited and services may be terminated without cause. Services in each region may vary depending on funding. Continuation of all programs is contingent upon availability of state and federal funding.

(Continuation of all programs is contingent upon state and federal funding.)

Goals of KHCCP:

  • To optimize client self-care capabilities by supporting self-sufficiency.
  • To identify and facilitate coordination between clients' informal support systems (family, friends, care giver, group sponsor, psychotherapist, etc.) and available formal support systems.
  • To help clients locate and access system of referrals to medical care, housing, counseling, Medicaid, Social Security Disability, transportation and legal services.
  • To minimize or eliminate duplication of services among formal and informal support systems.
  • To provide clients with educational information regarding disease transmission and health maintenance, encourage good health habits and provide secondary prevention through continued case management.
  • To identify and document patterns of  service needs and advocate for effective policies and resource development.
  • To ensure program funds are used efficiently and effectively to meet the needs of HIV/AIDS-infected people through coordinated funding streams and use of existing community resources and services.

Basic Eligibility Criteria for Financial Assistance Programs

  • Household income - no more than 500 percent or of federal poverty level
  • Residency - must be a resident of Kentucky
  • Medical documentation - HIV positive status must be confirmed with appropriate documentation (for KADAP participation, medical documentation must also include CD4+ T cell count and viral load)
  • Lack of other third-party payer - must be ineligible for assistance from other third-party payers for assistance requested

Financial Assistance Programs

Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program (KADAP) - This program assists low-income, eligible Kentuckians with the purchase of AIDS-related medications prescribed for FDA-approved indications. Once approved, eligible applicants receive formulary medications through a mail-order pharmacy service provided by the Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy in Lexington. For complete information, contact (866) 510-0005 (toll free).

Kentucky Health Insurance Continuation Program (KHICP) - provides payments for the continuation of health insurance benefits for eligible individuals who are at risk of losing their employment-related or private-pay health insurance because of HIV disease.

Kentucky Outpatient Health Care and Support Services programs provide assistance for eligible individuals with a wide range of community-based medical and non-medical support services, such as, physical and mental health care, housing, nutrition and transportation services. From the list of eligible services, priority services are identified during each funding period, based on such factors as client and care coordinator input, needs assessment survey results, resource inventories, client satisfaction surveys and funding limitations.

The overall intent of the services programs is to provide clients with a continuum of care utilizing existing community-based services to the greatest extent possible.

For additional information, please visit our HIV/AIDS Services Program page.