Community Outreach

Testing Events

Big Bend Cares knows a major means to stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS is for everyone to know their own HIV status. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS, yet more than 240,000 don’t know it. Because HIV can be prevented but not cured, being proactive in getting tested, having your partner get tested, and always using condoms is the key to reducing the incidence of new HIV infections.

Residents of the Big Bend need not come to the agency’s offices to receive an HIV test. Big Bend Cares participates in a number of HIV testing events at colleges, universities, health fairs, and other community-based organizations.

Health Fairs

Big Bend Cares is proud to participate, in conjunction with other health-related exhibitors, in educational and interactive health fairs throughout the Big Bend region. Health fairs are designed to provide outreach, education and public health intervention to the community at large and are an important means of providing education and awareness about HIV/AIDS and the means of preventing it. For more information about upcoming health fairs, view our Events Calendar.

To request free HIV testing at your community event or if you would like to have Big Bend Cares at your Health Fair, contact Director of Education and Outreach Camye Edwards at 850-656-2437, extension 238, or cedwards@bigbendcares.org.