HIV Prevention

Staff and volunteers at Big Bend Cares provide a wide range of HIV prevention education, and HIV/AIDS awareness services. Some of the programs that are available include:

 

FREE HIV Confidential Testing

Big Bend Cares is a registered testing site with the Florida Department of Health. Confidential tests that include pre- and post-test counseling are conducted by qualified staff. Big Bend Cares offers the Orasure test (results in two weeks) and the Clearview Fingerstick HIV test (results in 30 minutes). HIV testing is free. Please call us at 850-656-2437 to schedule a testing appointment.

Orasure testing is provided Monday through Friday.

Big Bend Cares now offers the next generation Clearview Fingerstick HIV test. This test has increased accuracy, and can detect the HIV virus sooner than the Orasure or Oraquick test. This test needs to be scheduled in advance and is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

If your organization or community group wants testing, it can be scheduled. Please call for additional information regarding testing.

Other HIV services offered by Big Bend Cares include:

Social Networking Strategies (SNS)
Free Condom Distribution
Educational materials
Peer Adherence and Navigation Services
HIV 500 and 501 classes
HIV Testing events
Educational Classes
Health Fairs

All services offered by Big Bend Cares are FREE to the public.

For more information on all Education and Prevention programs, please contact Director of Prevention and Outreach Camye Edwards, cedwards@bigbendcares.org, or call 850-656-2437, Extension 238.