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Florida Matters Town Hall: The Rising Tide Of HIV

Steve Newborn
Dozens filled Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee on Sept. 1 for a Florida Matters town hall on the rising tide of HIV in Florida.

In 2013, Florida had more new cases of HIV than anywhere else in the nation. When it comes to the presence of HIV in Florida, the state’s six largest metropolitan areas could be states unto themselves.

If Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach were a state, it would rank sixth nationally in the number of new cases.  The Tampa Bay and Central Florida metro regions each saw more new cases than two dozen other states.

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, we hosted a special town hall at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to discuss the rising tide of HIV in Florida.  

Listen to the discussion here.

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m.), we bring you that panel discussion with WUSF News Director and Health News Florida Editor Mary Shedden, Debbie Sergi-Laws with Sarasota’s Comprehensive Care Clinic, Dr. Vilma Vega with Infectious Disease Associates in Sarasota, along with questions and comments from the audience.    

You can hear the complete town hall meeting on HIV in Florida here.


You can hear all of the stories from the Health News Florida series on HIV here:

Carson Cooper has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for three decades.
Lottie Watts is our Florida Mattersproducer, and she also covers health and health policy for.
Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of reporters covering 13 counties on Florida’s west coast.