Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act
The Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA) program was funded by the Legislature in 1998 to reach high-risk or HIV-infected pregnant women not receiving adequate prenatal care. The purpose of the program is to lower the number of babies born with prenatal drug exposure and HIV infection. TOPWA projects are currently in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Duval, St. Lucie, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Projects provide HIV testing and pregnancy testing for women who are not sure of their pregnancy status. Women receive HIV prevention education and are assisted with substance abuse evaluations and treatment when needed. Pregnant women who are HIV infected are educated in the benefits of taking prescribed antiretroviral to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their infants.
Posted June 16, 2010 at 12:19 PM