HIV tests (for the virus that causes AIDS) are available to anyone. Two kinds of testing are available: anonymous and confidential. Privacy is maintained with both types of testing. It is your responsibility to come back for test results regardless of the type of testing you choose.
- Anonymous testing: You do not give your name. It is essential that you come back to receive your test results since the health department staff have no way of contacting you.
- Confidential testing: You provide your name. This allows the health department staff to follow-up with you, if necessary.
*Test fees are based on ability to pay, and no one is turned away for inability to pay. Se habla español.
Locations offering HIV testing:
- Health In Motion (mobile medical unit)
- North Port Health Center
- William L. Little Health & Human Services Center
(Ringling Blvd, Sarasota)
- Other (non-DOH-Sarasota) organizations offering HIV testing...
For more information on confidential HIV tests:
- Sarasota: 941-861-2873
Case Managers - Your Link to Services
We offer HIV testing, education, case management, and medical and pharmacy services for eligible individuals.
Case managers link eligible clients with health care, psychosocial care, and other services. This helps ensure you are able to get good quality health care services when you need them. This includes continually collecting and reviewing information about your personal situation such as the needs of key family members and your personal support systems.
Case management activities include:
- Determining your Eligibility for Ryan White (Title II) Services, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), housing assistance and more.
- Evaluating your needs and personal support systems
- Developing and starting a plan to help ensure you get the services you may need. This includes periodic review of the plan to make sure agreed upon goals are being met.
To reach a case manager:
- Sarasota: 941-861-2703
- North Port: 941-861-3385
Medical and Pharmacy Services
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
DOH-Sarasota offers HIV/AIDS prevention education and risk reduction:
- provides condoms and educational materials
- technical assistance to community-based organizations
- maintains a resource directory of HIV/AIDS services in Sarasota County
- works with organizations to develop age-appropriate HIV/AIDS education course curricula
- provides training through the Office of Epidemiology and Disease Intervention Services
HIV/AIDS Education for Providers
DOH-Sarasota offers courses designed to meet the requirements of health professionals and others who may come in contact with HIV.
- HIV/AIDS Course Schedule 2015 (PDF)
HIV 104, 500, 501, and 501 Update
- HIV/AIDS Course Descriptions
- Meets educational requirements for nurses, cosmologists, massage therapists, and other health care and human service professionals.
- Continuing education credits are not offered. However, a certificate is provided which documents Department of Health requirements having been met.
- Four-hour course is offered monthly at the Health Department (Sarasota).
- Free for participants from not-for-profit agencies. $10 for all others.
- ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE at Critical Concepts.
- Four-hour course focusing on counseling and HIV testing issues.
- Includes an exam with 80% accuracy required to pass.
- A prerequisite for the HIV-501 course.
- A 3-day intensive workshop focusing on counseling, testing, and referrals.
- Meets the 19-hour requirement set by the CDC. Continuing education credits are available for nurses, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors.
- Free for participants from not-for-profit agencies. $50 for all others. Participants must have completed the HIV-500 course as a prerequisite.
- A 3-hour course for Health Department staff, volunteers, and community agency staff members conducting HIV pretest and post-test counseling.
- Updates participants on changing technical, medical, and legal information regarding HIV testing and HIV disease.
The HIV/AIDS surveillance program promotes the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination of epidemiologic data. These data are used to plan, implement, and evaluate HIV/AIDS programs and interventions. Surveillance in Florida identifies HIV-related conditions at various points along the spectrum of the disease from reporting of HIV infection in otherwise asymptomatic people, to death certificate review for HIV/AIDS-related mortality.
Reportable HIV-related conditions
Florida state law requires health care providers to report to the DOH-Sarasota HIV/AIDS Surveillance Office any patient diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
- Western Blot positive or qualitative PCR positive tests done after July 1, 1997
- Any CD4 tests with values below 200 or 14%
- Any of the 26 AIDS-defining opportunistic infections defined by the CDC
For more information on HIV/AIDS Surveillance:
Public Service Announcements - STD and HIV Prevention
|Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You|
|The New Boyfriend|
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- National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-342-2437
- Florida AIDS Hotline: 1-800-352-2437
Spanish - 1-800-545-7432
Haitian Creole - 1-800-243-7101
TDD - 1-888-503-7118
General information, ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program), and more.