UF Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES)

UF HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) in Jacksonville, Florida

About the Center

The University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) is a leader in providing innovative care and quality services in the Jacksonville community. The goal of UF CARES is to decrease the transmission of HIV, enhance quality of life through comprehensive care and increase awareness and understanding of HIV through education, leadership and services.

Through our multidisciplinary approach and strong collaborative network, the center is a one-stop program where patients can receive a majority of services in a single, coordinated visit.

Our team of adult and pediatric medical providers and support staff strives to provide quality services in a culturally competent, patient-centered care model. We believe no individual should be limited in their potential by HIV.

History

UF CARES began providing medical care for children in 1988. Over the next two years, the growing need for additional HIV/AIDS research became apparent. In 1990, the center established a four-year partnership with the National Cancer Institute in order to participate in clinical research trials. During this partnership, the center explored the barriers children face in finding, receiving and maintaining health care. This led to the center’s current comprehensive approach to care, providing complete care for patients.

In 1993, UF CARES became a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trial Unit. The center continued to grow and in 1997 moved to the clinic space it currently resides in at UF Health Jacksonville. In this same year, the center expanded its scope to a family-centered, comprehensive health care provider for HIV-infected or exposed infants, children, adolescents, women and their families. UF CARES remains Northeast Florida’s only comprehensive, multidisciplinary HIV program.

This program is supported by Program Income generated from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Home provider