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  • Hurricane Response

    IDSA and HIVMA are committed to providing support for those who are impacted by recent hurricanes and flooding. Below are resources for IDSA and HIVMA members and others.

    The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology also is compiling resources on infection control.

    MyIDSA

    IDSA’s members-only forum allows colleagues in Texas, Florida, and other affected areas to reach out to the ID/HIV community to ask questions and share information. 

    Volunteering

    The Texas Medical Association has issued advice for medical professionals looking to help, including an update regarding the temporary suspension of cross-state licensure restrictions. In the meantime, TMA advises potential volunteers who have not been specifically contacted to wait for the storm to clear and the situation to be assessed before traveling unannounced to the flooded area.

    Additional information about volunteering and donating is available from the American College of Physicians.

    The State Emergency Operations Center is seeking volunteers to provide healthcare services in response to Hurricane Irma. They are requesting medical personnel such as nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and pharmacists to provide medical assistance at shelters in Florida. 

    The American Red Cross is no longer accepting volunteer applications from health and mental health professionals interested in supporting hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Check back as there will be updates if additional health care professionals are needed.

    Guide to Open Pharmacies

    Healthcare Ready, created by PhRMA, has activated a free, interactive RxOpen map to show open and closed pharmacies in the region affected by hurricanes.  Citizens and first responders can use this map as an initial resource, and should call their pharmacy to ensure their specific medication is in stock.

    HIV Implications

    The Department of Health and Human Services HIV guideline panels released Guidance for Non-HIV Specialized Providers Caring for Persons with HIV in Disaster Areas. The document covers antiretroviral therapy for patients receiving treatment before displacement, caring for pregnant women, treatment and prevention of opportunistic infections and vaccinations and is available from AIDSInfo.

    For people living with HIV, maintaining adequate supplies of medications is critical to prevent treatment disruptions. For patients and providers in Florida, the state highlights on its Hurricane Irma web page indicating that individuals may fill prescriptions early due to the state of emergency. For patients and providers affected by Hurricane Harvey, contact the Texas HIV Medication Program at 1 (800) 255-1090 for medication assistance. Information including medication assistance and clinic status also is available from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    HarborPath is providing HIV medication assistance to uninsured patients with HIV displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They will ship HIV medications anywhere in the country. Please call 980-859-3483 or email Ken Trogdon for more information. 

    The HIV/AIDS Bureau that administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has encouraged grantees to streamline eligibility processes to facilitate HIV care and treatment access for patients displaced by the hurricanes. The HIV/AIDS Bureau has indicated that Texas and Louisiana have implemented processes allowing displaced Ryan White patients to receive medications in other areas of the state. HAB updates on Hurricane Harvey are available here. Check back for updates on Hurricane Irma.

    Pediatric Care

    American Academy of Pediatrics has information on health tips for children during flood recovery. 

    Nemours Children’s Health System is providing information for where Hurricane Irma victims can receive pediatric care in Florida and Georgia. From newborns to age 18 there are urgent care, specialty care and primary care offices that are open for treatment.

    FDA Hurricane Responses

    Updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on efforts in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida and Texas

      

     

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