HIV/AIDS Section

​​​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 services programs. The HIV/AIDS Section is committed to:

  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 persons not infected with HIV remain uninfected;
  4. Ensuring that persons infected with HIV do not transmit HIV to others;
  5. Ensuring that persons infected with HIV have access to the most effective therapies possible;
  6. Ensuring a quality professional education program includes the most current HIV/AIDS information.

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Every county health department in Kentucky and many community based organizations offer free anonymous or confidential HIV tests. 
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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. 

Data to Care
Data to Care (DTC or D2C) is a public health strategy that uses HIV surveillance data to identify People Living with HIV (PLWH) who are not in care and link to re-engage them in care. DTC also supports PLWH along the HIV care continuum. DTC is promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented by a number of health departments across the US.

PrEP is a way for people not currently infected but at very high risk of getting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The drug Truvada contains two medicines used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV, these medicines can help prevent infection.

People with HIV should take medicine to treat HIV as soon as possible. Taken as prescribed, HIV medicine reduces the HIV viral load in the body to a very low level, which keeps the immune system working and prevents illness. HIV medicine can even make the viral load so low a test can’t detect it. This is called an undetectable viral load. 

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. 

KY Integrated Plan - Summary
KY HIV/AIDS Integrated Prevention and Care Plan - Full length document
The End HIV Kentucky Integrated Prevention and Care Plan, including the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need and the Ending the HIV Epidemic Strategic Plan 2022-2026 is a living document. As a “living document”, developments will be regularly reported to the statewide planning group and improvements/changes will be discussed as needed.

Kentucky HIV/AIDS Planning and Advisory Council

The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Planning and Advisory Council 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.

Ending the HIV Epidemic

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America is a 10-year initiative beginning in FY 2020 to reduce new HIV infections to fewer than 3,000 per year by 2030. Reducing new infections to this level would mean HIV transmissions are rare and meet the definition of ending the epidemic. The initiative will focus efforts in 48 counties, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and seven states with substantial rural HIV burden.

Please see the Ending the HIV Epidemic Strategic Plan for KentuckyEnding the HIV Epidemic Situational Analysis for Kentucky  and the Kentucky Epidemiological Profile Snapshot.

HIV/AIDS and African Americans

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health crisis for black in the US. From HIV infection to death with AIDS, blacks are disproportionately affected,  accounting for 13 percent of the US population, but 43 percent of new HIV cases. See the fact sheet HIV and African Americans (CDC)

Ryan White and State-Funded Programs

Please visit our HIV/AIDS Services Program page for additional information about:

Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program 

This program helps low-income, eligible Kentuckians with the purchase of AIDS-related medications. Eligible applicants receive formulary medications through mail-order pharmacy service provided by the Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy in Lexington. For complete information, call toll free (866) 510-0005.

Kentucky Health Insurance Continuation Program

This program provides payment for continuation of health insurance benefits for eligible individuals 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.

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

Notice: Some content here is graphic and explicit. This is not done to offend any visitor, but, to communicate information as accurately and candidly as possible. Despite the discomfort some may experience reviewing the material, all are urged to carefully consider this information for your protection and that of your family.​

Kentucky HIV Hotline

(844) 294-2448

Confidential, 24-Hours, staffed by professionals, free

How do I report a case?​​

Pr​oviders can report all cases via telephone or mail.

To report by mail, please place case report form(s)--available below--inside two sealed envelopes, both marked Confidential and addressed to:

Kentucky Department for Public Health
Attn: Surveillance
275 E. Main St., HS2E-C
Frankfort, KY 40621

Please do not fax confidential information.

Kentucky Department for Public Health follows the provisions of 902 KAR 2:020 §16. Reportable Disease Surveillance (section 16, page 12).

Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee the accuracy or current status of CDC forms and other CDC resources linked on this page. For the most current guidelines/guidance and forms, please visit the CDC HIV Case Reporting and Surveillance web page.

Adult HIV Confidential Case Report Form
(Patients 13 and older at the time of diagnosis

Pediatric HIV Confidential Case Report Form
(Patients younger than 13 at the time of diagnosis)

CDC HIV Surveillance Guidelines

Addressing HIPAA and Public Health Reporting
HIPAA and the obligation of providers to report notifiable diseases

For assistance in determining a client's risk factor, please read
CDC Technical Guidance for Risk Factor Ascertainment

Please refer to HIV/AIDS Resources for a complete list of KY HIV/AIDS Legislation and Regulations.

External Internet Links

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Free Materials

CDC National Prevention Information Network
(800) 458-5231

AIDS Treatment Information Service*
(800) 448-0440

Forms Relevant to KRS 214.620

What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS

Lo Que Usted Debe Saber Sobre El VIH/SIDA

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