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The Kentucky Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Branch assesses the current and future impact of HIV in Kentucky. The branch 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.  Click here to find a test site near you (opens a new browser window).

HIV/AIDS Programs

Syringe Exchange Programs
To combat the growing concern over HIV and Hepatitis C outbreaks, Kentucky law now allows county health departments to provide Syringe Exchange Programs.  These programs have proven to be 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


HIV Prevention Blueprint for the Nation

The Generals in the U.S. HIV/AIDS Fight Speak Out: Invest More Now or Run the Risk of Losing the Battle

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.

As stewards of more than half of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s $663 million domestic HIV prevention program budget, as well as the significant resources from their own jurisdictions, AIDS directors are responsible for implementing comprehensive HIV/AIDS response across the country. This unique role makes them leaders in the nation’s fight to end the epidemic.

AIDS directors recently released their vision for America’s prevention response, companion policy agenda.

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 erosion in funding and an increasing number of people capable of transmitting the virus, these programs have kept the epidemic stable for more than 15 years.

Unfortunately, the nation is reaching a tipping point at which the nation’s prevention response is being threatened.

“Each year, tens of thousands of opportunities are missed, despite our relentless efforts," said Sigga M. Jagne, Kentucky AIDS director and executive committee member of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. "As long as the nation remains apathetic to prevention, our potential to be victorious in this fight diminishes.”

To stave off the looming crisis, AIDS directors are ramping up their programs to meet existing and anticipated challenges and sustain progress to date. To achieve these goals, they 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 upon the federal government to make a commitment to end the epidemic in America and ensure leadership on the local level is fully supported and funded. In concluding the blueprint, they pledged their commitment to working toward an America without HIV/AIDS.

“We can never forget HIV disease is preventable," said Julie M. Scofield, executive director of NASTAD. "By building on the successes of the nation’s health department prevention programs - by far the most significant force we have in this fight - we can... turn the tide on the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
From NASTAD, Nov. 27, 2007


HIV/AIDS among Blacks in Kentucky

In the United States, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health crisis for blacks. At all stages of HIV/AIDS—from infection with HIV to death with AIDS—blacks (including African Americans) are disproportionately affected compared to other races and ethnicities.  See the fact sheet HIV/AIDS Among Blacks in Kentucky.

OVERVIEW OF SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH KENTUCKY’S RYAN WHITE AND STATE-FUNDED SERVICES PROGRAMS

Kentucky HIV Care Coordinator Program (KHCCP)

Purpose:

The intent of the KHCCP is to facilitate the provision of quality care and services to HIV infected individuals and their families in a timely and consistent manner across a continuum of care. The program provides Care Coordinators in six regional sites through arrangements with four (4) local health departments in the Barren River, Cumberland Valley, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky regions and two (2) non-profit agencies in the Louisville and Purchase regions, in order to aid the client in identifying and accessing needed services. These regional sites allow for statewide coverage, and better local access to these services. KHCCP also acts as an umbrella program for other client assistance programs such as the Kentucky Health Insurance Continuation Program, Outpatient Health Care and Support Services, and the State Support Services Programs. The KHCCP is largely a federally funded program and is considered payor 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 upon funding.

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

Goals of KHCCP:

  • To optimize the client’s self-care capabilities by empowering him/her to direct his/her own life decisions. 
  • To identify the extent of the client’s informal support systems. 
  • To assist the client in locating and accessing existing services in areas including entitlement benefits (Medicaid and/or Social Security Disability Services), medical care, housing, counseling, transportation, legal and nutrition services. 
  • To identify and establish a referral system with area health care and social service providers and community-based HIV organizations, and HIV counseling and testing sites. 
  • To ensure that duplication of services by formal and informal support systems does not occur. 
  • To provide the client with educational information regarding disease transmission and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, and encourage and reinforce good health habits and secondary prevention methods over the course of case management. 
  • To identify and document patterns of service needs and advocate for effective policies and resource development. 
  • To facilitate the initial and on-going education of health care and social service providers to the issues surrounding HIV disease. 
  • To ensure that program funding is appropriately used to meet the documented needs of HIV+ persons throughout the State in a manner that coordinates funding streams and makes use of existing community resources and services.

Basic Eligibility Criteria for Financial Assistance Programs

  • Household Income - 300% of federal poverty level, or less. 
  • Household Resources - cash assets of less than $10,000. 
  • Client Residency - must be a resident of Kentucky. 
  • Medical Documentation - HIV+ 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 the assistance being 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, Kentucky. NOTE: Effective 2/1/00, a waiting list was established for this program. For complete information, contact 1-866-510-0005 (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, but not limited to, 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.

Kentucky's New HIV Hotline

Agency News

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2010 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).  This year’s Theme is: “HIV/AIDS Prevention-A Choice and a Lifestyle”.  The aim is to garner a national mobilization effort that will emphasize the state of HIV/AIDS among African Americans, encourage HIV awareness and education among Black communities, and individual counseling and testing.  

To raise awareness about the devastating HIV epidemic in the Black community, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, HIV/AIDS Branch is partnering with Kentucky State University and the NAACP chapter at Kentucky State University to present the highly acclaimed “Spoken Word” stage play titled “The Coochie Chronicles”. This powerful and engaging adaptation of the “Vagina Monologues” offers a frank, melodic exploration into the lives, sexuality, politics, stereotypes and realities of women of color. This multi-media production utilizes spoken word poetry, popular music, powerful imagery, and eye-opening statistics to chronicles the universal realities of womanhood and the unique experiences of women of color.  It uses a series of culturally competent “Telling Our Stories” approach that incorporates messages about HIV and STD prevention, sexual health awareness, domestic violence, and gender empowerment.   A component of the program  provides free rapid HIV testing and counseling. 

Educational efforts to target Black communities across the nation and within the commonwealth  are important because these communities are disproportionately affected  by HIV and AIDS. 

  • While blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly half of new HIV infections and almost half of the more than one million Americans estimated to be living with HIV. One in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetime, as will 1 in 30 black women.  Black gay and bisexual men and black women are particularly hard hit by HIV. Sixty-three percent of new infections among black men occur among men who have sex with men (MSM). HIV-related deaths and HIV death rates are highest among Blacks who accounted for 57% of deaths due to HIV in 2006.  Black men had the highest HIV death rates per 100,000 in men ages 25–34 and 35–44; Black women also had the highest HIV death rates among women in the same age categories.
  • HIV/AIDS statistics in Kentucky mirror the national disparities. For example, African-Americans and Hispanics made up 7.7 percent and 2.2. percent of the state’s population respectively, yet accounted for disproportionately high numbers of new HIV diagnoses. According to 2007 data, 153 (38 percent) new cases were African-American, and 32 (8 percent) new cases were Hispanic. In fact, from 2003-2007, the AIDS diagnosis rate for African-Americans was approximately eight times higher than the rate for whites. 

The event will take place February 7, 2010, at Kentucky State University’s Bradford Hall Auditorium, in Frankfort.  Free rapid HIV testing will be available from 3:00pm-6:00pm. The play starts at 6:30pm.  While the event is free, planners are asking that an item of canned goods be brought  as a charitable donation.

For more information about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events in Kentucky and HIV/AIDS prevention and testing, contact Beverly Mitchell, Minority Initiatives Coordinator, at (502) 564-6539, extension 3558.  You can also visit the HIV/AIDS Branch’s  web site at http://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/dehp/hab/pages/default.aspx and the NBHAAD website at http://www.blackaidsday.org/