The Wellness Center
of South Florida
2921 NE 6th Ave., Wilton Manors, FL 33334

Phone:  954-568-0152  Fax:  954-568-1364
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The HIV/AIDS Program Office (APO) manages the following:  Patient Care Contracts [Ryan White CARE Act Parts A, B and C; the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)]; Early Intervention Services, including Churches United to Stop HIV (CUSH); and services in county jails, including the Jail Linkage Program and RAPID HIV Testing.  The APO also includes the Minority AIDS Coordinator (MAC).  The APO works closely with the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) and the Broward County HIV Planning Council (HIVPC).

HIV/AIDS and related Services include:

  • Dental care
  • Pharmacy services
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Services
  • AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Eligibility 

To enroll in ADAP you must be Ryan White Eligible:

  •  Proof of HIV Infection
  •  Proof of Living in Florida
  •  Proof of Household Income < 400 % FPL.
  •  No other access to medications through any other sources
  •  Prescriptions for at least one medication in the current ADAP formulary
  •  CD4 and Viral Load results, < 6 months old

Persons are not eligible if they are:

  •  In Institutional care
  •  Current Medicaid Recipient
  •  Private insurance –with monthly copays < $250.00
  •  Income > 400% Federal Poverty Level


  •  A Face To Face meeting with program staff is required

Contact Information:

  • Fort Lauderdale Health Center

                2421 S.W. 6th Avenue

                Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

                (954) 467- 4700

  • Paul Hughes Health Center

                205 NW 6th Avenue

                Pompano Beach, FL 33060

               (954) 467-4700 

Patient Care Programs/Ryan White Program

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part A Program is a Federal program that provides HIV-related health services. The program assists those that do not have sufficient health care coverage and/or financial resources for managing HIV disease or AIDS. To be eligible for the program you must be HIV positive, a Broward County resident, and meet income requirements that vary by service.
Please call the Centralized Intake and Eligibility Determination Program (CIED) at (954) 566-1417 for more information on Ryan White Part A Program services or to schedule an appointment for Ryan White Part A Program eligibility.

Services are Located at:

Florida Department of Health in Broward County
Paul Hughes Health Center
205 NW 6th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL  33060
(Off Atlantic Boulevard just East of I-95)
For directions and map, please
 click here

Bus Route:  #42

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  
(Note:  The 2nd and 4th Friday of each month the Paul Hughes Health Center opens at 1:00 pm)

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call:
ADAP and Pharmacy Services:  (954) 467-4700  
Dental: (954) 213-0638

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County accepts Ryan White Part A & Medicaid.

Florida Department of Health

Florida Department of HEALTH

-Financial Assistance for Floridians with HIV/AIDS
-AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
-AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP)
-Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) /

For more information about HIV/AIDS services, or how to be tested in your area, call: 1-800-FLA-AIDS (Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline) or visit

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e-HAP provides the latest Web site updates, as well as information on CDC’s HIV/AIDS prevention science, programs and policiesClick here opens in a new browser

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POETT Maverick High School Health Fair
Start Date/Time: Friday, November 21, 2014 9:00 AM
End Date/Time: Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority

Location: 424 W. Sunrise Blvd.,

               Fort Lauderdale. 


Event aims to prevent HIV/AIDS and STDs by encouraging healthy relationships and reducing risky behaviors


Sponsor is Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (Prevention through Outreach, Education, Training and Technology program)


Contact:  Karen Creary,

               954-728-1129 or


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November 19, 2014
CDC Releases Audit of Shuttered AIDS Group NAPWA 
The Petrelis Files blog looks at the CDC audit of the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), which declared bankruptcy and closed in 2013.
November 18, 2014
U.S. Panel Recommends Allowing More Gay Men to Donate Blood 
Gay men should be allowed to donate blood if they haven’t had sex the previous year, according to the recommendation of a panel of advisers.
November 17, 2014 and a CDC Site Face Privacy Allegations 
Until recent security updates, the sites supposedly risked exposing user identities and data.
November 14, 2014
HIV Medical Group Launches AAHIVM Institute for Hepatitis C 
The coinfection epidemic is changing and comes with unique challenges.
November 13, 2014
Famous AIDS Doc Says HIV, Not Ebola, Is World’s Biggest Viral Threat 
'Ebola will subside very soon,' said Robert Gallo, MD, who in 1984 co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS. 'The main [viral] threat we are from HIV.'
November 12, 2014
In a Bay Area First, an HIV-Positive Candidate Wins Public Office 
Gabriel Quinto won a seat on the El Cerrito City Council, becoming the first known HIV-positive candidate in the California Bay Area elected to public office.
November 11, 2014
Audit: AIDS Executive Spent $179K on 'Inappropriate' Expenses 
An audit by the New York State comptroller found $179,000 in “questionable” spending by the head of the Long Island Association for AIDS Care (LIAAC).
November 10, 2014
Cigna Insurance to Lower Price of Some HIV Meds in Florida 
After discrimination charges filed by AIDS groups, Cigna will not charge patients in Florida more than $200 a month for some HIV meds, including Atripla and Stribild but not Truvada.
November 07, 2014
HIV Group Puts Giant Pink Condom on Obelisk in This Capital City 
The AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) placed a 60-foot pink prophylactic on a monument in Sydney, Australia, to raise HIV awareness.
November 06, 2014
'Zombies' on HIV Drugs Cost Taxpayers Nearly $300K in 2012 
Medicare Part D paid $292,381 for HIV meds that went to 158 people who were actually dead, according to an Inspector General report.
November 05, 2014
Recreational Marijuana Wins Support in Midterm Elections 
Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states, but in Tuesday’s elections, voters in six states and Washington, DC, elected to legalize aspects of recreational pot.
November 04, 2014
African Court: HIV-Positive Women Were Coerced Into Sterilization 
The Supreme Court of Namibia upheld a 2012 ruling that health care workers at government hospitals coerced three HIV-positive women to be sterilized.
November 03, 2014
Miley Cyrus Is the New Face of MAC AIDS Fund’s Viva Glam Makeup 
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to Zero

Learn more about the World AIDS Day 2014 theme.

World AIDS Day
Monday, December 1

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. 2013's theme was "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths."

For more information, visit:

It Takes a Village to Stop HIV: World AIDS Day Community Cook Out
Monday, December 1
Dillard High School
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Join with your community in remembrance, awareness and healing. Free food, free HIV testing, youth art show, guest speakers and more!

For more information, visit:

World AIDS Day Museum Grand Opening
Tuesday, December 2
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Wilton Manors, FL

Celebrate the grand opening of the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center at an event that will be sure to make history!

For more information, visit:

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Saturday, February 7

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a chance to get more involved in getting the word out that HIV is preventable and treatable. With greater awareness about how the disease is spread and how to avoid risky behaviors, people can reduce their chance of infection. With appropriate treatment and medication, people living with HIV can live long and productive lives and manage their disease like other chronic illnesses. That's why it's so important for everyone to get screened for HIV and to know their HIV status.

For more information, visit:

March 2015

March is Hemophilia Awareness Month and Women's History Month.

National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS
Sunday, March 1 - Saturday, March 8

The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is an annual HIV awareness campaign that mobilizes faith communities; and highlights the contributions and impact congregations are making in areas of HIV prevention, testing, direct service, advocacy and community engagement.

For more information, visit:

National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Monday, March 10

In 2005, women represented 26 percent of new AIDS diagnoses, compared to only 11 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 1990. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact and injection drug use.

Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office on Women's Health is the lead for this day. The 2009 theme is "HIV is Right Here at Home".

For more information, visit:

November 10, 2014

Researchers See New Avenue For HIV Cure: Endogenization

French scientists believe they have identified the means by which two HIV-positive men have been “spontaneously cured,” and that this insight may carve a new cure pathway, Yahoo News reports. Publishing their findings in Clinical Microbiology, researchers identified two HIV-positive men who are “elite controllers”—meaning their bodies control the virus without the aid of antiretrovirals—and theorize that enzymes have altered the virus’ genome in order to bring it to heel.

One of the men is a 57-year-old diagnosed with HIV in 1985. The other is 23 years old and was diagnosed in 2011. Neither has ever experienced any HIV-related disease, neither has detectable HIV in standard tests, and both have normal CD4 cell levels. The researchers drew viral DNA sequences that had been integrated into the men’s own genomes in order to perform tests and theorize how the men are able to control the virus.

The researchers propose that a common enzyme known as APOBEC altered the genetic code of HIV in each man’s body, rendering the virus unable to replicate, in a process known as endogenization. Though the men remain infected with HIV, researchers believe they can be categorized as cured. This is in contrast to the prevailing perception of what constitutes a cure: complete eradication of the virus resulting from a purging process, including the flushing and elimination of the viral reservoir. The researchers in this study propose that pursuing endogenization of the viral genome may prove to be an avenue for achieving a cure in humans.

“We suggest that persistence of integrated HIV DNA is not a barrier, but on the contrary, may be a prerequisite to HIV cure,” the authors write.

To read the Yahoo News story, click here.

To read the study, click here.

Search: HIV, cure, endogenization, spontaneous cure, elite controller, Clinical Microbiology.

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Hello Friends,
Everyone needs to know the following things and take action now if it applies:

  1. We have a wonderful licensed insurance agent here at the Wellness Center now.  He is taking on EVERYONE who is HIV and AICP eligible. Hurry, hurry, only until March 31st!!
  2. Anyone who is HIV+ can get FULL health insurance and guess what? WE CAN PAY FOR IT AT THE WELLNESS CENTER! Well, up to $750 per month and almost all of Cliff's policies are coming up LESS THAN YOUR COBRA AND CONVERSION POLICIES.  Is your COBRA finished?
  3. NOT ONLY THAT, but they all include almost all the local docs we all know and love...
  4. If you have a friend who needs insurance, or even if yours is too expensive CALL US 954-568-0152.  
  5. WE ARE COVERING $2,500 in deductibles and $100 per month for med copays!
  6. We will go out of our way to help you!
  7. If you are getting Ryan White Care now this is your chance to keep the doctor but get your own PRIVATE INSURANCE POLICY, you know, don't you want a major medical policy and coverage for NON-HIV meds as well?
JUMP ON THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME HISTORICAL EVENT!!! Call me, I'll send you to the insurance guy.  He is in the next office. On Wednesdays and Thursdays we will be keeping late hours.

Thanks and have a great day!


Heidi Andrus
Executive Director
The Wellness Center of South Florida
P: 954-568-0152
F: 954-568-1364

WCSF Meetup Fundraising Event

Join Us for an Event Where Giving Won't Just Feel Good, It'll Taste Good Too!

We're having a fundraiser at
California Pizza Kitchen in
Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday, 11/25/2014 - ALL DAY!
Includes:  Lunch; Dinner; Carry Out

Simply email us at below email to receive fundraiser flyer and bring it anytime for lunch, dinner or carry out orders on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 and give it to your server with your name, phone and email on it for a chance to win free dinner drawing and 20% of your check will be donated to our organization!



The Wellness Center of South Florida (WCSF) is always seeking individual / corporate donations to aide us in our operational overhead or to sponsor our support groups.  You may donate by sending your check directly to WCSF or by clicking on PayPal link above.  Checks may be made to:
Wellness Center of South Florida
and mailed attention to:

Heidi Andrus, Executive Director
Wellness Center of South Florida, Inc.
2921 NE 6th Avenue
Wilton Manors, FL 33334

A licensed 501 (c) (3) organization in the State of Florida.
P:  954-568-0152
F:  954-568-1364

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November 19, 2014
U.S. HIV 'Treatment Cascade' Stats Are Dismal Among Western Nations 
Compared with other high-income Western nations, the United States HIV treatment cascade figures are remarkably bad.
November 18, 2014
Racial Disparities in the Gay Male HIV Epidemic Appear Entrenched 
Black men who have sex with men will likely continue to have disproportionately high HIV rates for decades.
November 17, 2014
High Post-Liver Transplant Survival Rates for People With HIV 
HIV-positive people who have liver transplants because of liver cancer have high survival rates.
Age-Related Diseases Not Occurring Earlier for People With HIV 
While HIV-positive people do experience higher rates of age-related diseases, they don't experience them at younger ages than HIV-negative people.
November 14, 2014
New Potential HIV Treatment Target Is Discovered 
Researchers have identified a new protein that participates in HIV’s replication process, opening the door for development of a potential therapy targeting the protein.
November 13, 2014
Vaginal Ring May Protect Against HIV, Herpes, HPV and Pregnancy 
A multipurpose vaginal ring has shown promise in protecting against HIV, genital herpes, HPV and pregnancy in a primate study.
November 12, 2014
Excellent Results for 12 and 18 Weeks of Merck’s Dual Hep C Regimen 
Twelve or 18 weeks of Merck’s grazoprevir/elbasvir, with or without ribavirin, cured 91 to 100 percent of hard-to-treat people with genotype 1 of hepatitis C.
HIV Meds Early in Pregnancy Linked to Low Risk of Birth Defects 
Pregnant women who take antiretrovirals (ARVs) to treat HIV early in their pregnancies appear to have a low risk of birth defects in their infants.
November 11, 2014
Viread Gel Linked to Lowered Risk of Herpes Among Women 
Women who regularly used a Viread (tenofovir)–based vaginal gel had a 46 percent reduced risk of acquiring herpes, according to a secondary analysis of the VOICE trial.
November 10, 2014
Hep C Cure Lowers Risk of Death, Liver Cancer and Transplants 
Achieving a cure for hepatitis C through interferon-based treatment reduces the risk of death, liver cancer and needing a liver transplant.
High Success For Harvoni Treating Coinfected Genotype 1 
Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) is proving highly successful at treating hepatitis C among people coinfected with HIV and genotype 1 of hep C in an ongoing small trial.
Researchers See New Avenue For HIV Cure: Endogenization 
Scientists believe they have identified the means by which two men were “spontaneously cured" of HIV, and that this insight may carve a new cure pathway.
November 07, 2014
Latest Data on PrEP, Though Patchy, Indicates Rising Use Among Men 
The use of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is on the rise in the United States, in particular among men.
November 06, 2014
FDA Approves Olysio-Sovaldi Hep C Combo 
The FDA has granted approval of Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) to be used in combination to treat genotype 1 of hepatitis C.
FDA Reviews First Single-Tablet HIV Regimen Containing TAF 
The pill has the same antiretrovirals as Stribild, but with a new version of tenofovir.
November 04, 2014
Gays May See Monogamy as Barrier to HIV, Even Without Testing 
Research suggests that young gay men’s understanding of what constitutes “safer sex” factors in condoms, testing and monogamy.
November 03, 2014
More PrEP Needed To Prevent HIV Via Vaginal Than Anal Sex 
Greater dosing of Viread (tenofovir) or Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as PrEP is needed to reach effective levels in vaginal and cervical tissue than in recal tissue.

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