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Adolescent Counseling & Testing Services provides FREE counseling, linkage to care, and STD/HIV/pregnancy testing to youth 13 through 24 years of age in Miami-Dade County, FL.

In addition, we run Promote 2 Prevent: a campaign to use education to prevent infection. Miami has the highest rate of HIV diagnoses in the nation. Individuals ages 13-24 represented 12% of new infections in 2017. Our campaign includes providing education and testing at various locations including local alternative education sites and Department of Juvenile Justice sites, conducting staff in-services for health providers, and engaging in the community through health committees, conferences, and fairs.

Contact us to inquire about or request our services.

Young adults, we encourage you to make an appointment with a member of our counseling team.


The Facts

Provided by the Centers for Diseases Control and Protection

In 2019 alone, 460,000 young people between the ages of 10 to 24 were newly infected with HIV

In 2014, only 41% of youth living with HIV sought medical care.

In 2017. 12% of newly diagnosed HIV cases in Miami-Dade were youth ages 13-24.

Miami’s Leaders Must Work Together to Protect Our Youth

Miami’s youth are at risk for many other dangerous conditions, in addition to HIV. In most cases, there is an overlap: homeless youth who find themselves battling addiction, mentally ill individuals succumbing to homelessness- the Venn diagram is a perfect circle. To provide adequate care, there must be a collaborative effort among Miami’s various support systems. Awareness of resources and accessibility are two factors that affect a health provider’s ability to provide care. For this reason, ACTS is developing a Miami-Dade Care Directory, by the people, for the people.

Read more about Miami’s current state of public health below.

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Homelessness: By the end of 2017, 3,847 Miami citizens were homeless. A portion are minors, but the exact number is unknown – Homeless Trust Census

Homelessness presents numerous problems for South Florida

Human Trafficking: There were 604 cases of trafficking, 30% of which were adolescents – Human Trafficking Hotline

Human trafficking, modern day slavery

Substance Abuse: In 2017, Miami-Dade County had the highest number of adolescents enrolled in substance abuse rehabilitation in the state – Florida Department of Health

Miami-Dade Cocaine and Heroin Deaths Are at a 15-Year High

Poverty: A 2015 and 2016 survey shows that Miami has the 2nd highest level of poverty out of 25 metropolitan areas, second only to Riverside, Texas – United State Census Bureau

Miami Ranks Second-Worst in Nation for Income and Poverty Level, Census Survey Says

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