UF Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES): Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get tested for HIV at UF CARES?

Getting tested for HIV is fast, safe and confidential. The free, 15-minute test can be performed in one of our UF CARES practices, as a walk-in or with an appointment, or at any of the testing events we conduct in the community.

I received a positive HIV test result, what is next?

If you have received a positive HIV test result, you should find a doctor to begin care. Initially, your diagnosis needs to be confirmed with additional testing and then a provider who specializes in HIV care will work with you to develop a treatment plan, which includes prescription medications and regular lab testing to monitor your viral load.

Your provider will determine a treatment plan, which includes regular lab testing to monitor viral load and prescription medication as part of your care. UF CARES provides HIV specialty care services and primary care services to treat and manage all of your health care needs.

I am HIV positive and have not received medical care in a while. How can I return to treatment?

It is very important to get back into medical care as soon as possible to maintain good health. When scheduling your appointment at UF CARES, bring your medical records indicating previous lab results, medications and treatment.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a federally funded service that helps cover doctor’s visits, case management and other various portions of care. You should also enroll in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program to help cover the cost of medication.

What is PrEP and how can I get started?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a daily medication regimen for people at very high risk for HIV. Only people who are HIV-negative are elgible. Any person interested in PrEP can contact UF CARES to determine their eligibility. A provider will perform the necessary testing, examination and determination of insurance coverage needed for PrEP.

Does UF CARES participate in Virtual Visits?

Currently, UF CARES providers participate in Virtual Visits. You must be an established patient with a MyUFHealth account and have visited your UF Health provider in person at least once in the past six months to request a virtual visit appointment. Visit UFHealthJax.org/virtual-visit for more information.

What is TOPWA, or Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act?

TOPWA is a Department of Health program designed to reach high-risk women of childbearing age or HIV-infected pregnant women not receiving services to prevent transmission of the HIV virus to infants.