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

UF CARES offers the only family-centered medical home model in Northeast Florida for HIV-infected individuals. Our team is dedicated to providing the latest in clinical, educational, research and support services. We provide HIV specialty care services and primary care services to treat and manage all of your health care needs.

HIV Care Services

  • Assistance with transportation
  • Access to pediatric, adolescent and adult clinical trials and research studies
  • Community partnerships for substance abuse and mental health services
  • Family planning, perinatal visits and specialty gynecological care
  • Health education and training
  • HIV/hepatitis C coinfection clinic
  • HIV homeless services and linkage to care
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Legal aid services
  • Medical case management
  • Nutrition evaluation and education
  • Primary and specialty care
  • Psychological evaluations and referral to mental health services
  • Psychiatric services
  • Referrals for dental care and other services

UF CARES Consumer Advisory Board

UF CARES sponsors a Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) composed of patients and community members that meets monthly to review research program and clinic activities, provide input into planning and review any challenges facing clients/research subjects. Consumers and CAB members are offered a variety of training and educational opportunities.

UF CARES research and clinical staff are invited to attend the CAB meetings to allow for increased communication between providers and consumers. This supports the goal of engaging clients in their research and care by furthering their trust in their providers, leading to a better relationship between caregivers and patients/clients.

Support Groups for People Living with HIV

UF CARES provides monthly support groups for adult and adolescent HIV-infected patients facilitated by our psychologist and education coordinator.

  • Adult Support Group – meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Adolescent Support Group – meets the 4th Wednesday of each month, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

UF CARES accepts most commercial insurance plans and many PPO plans.

Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA) Program

The Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (T.O.P.W.A.) is a program designed to reach high-risk pregnant women or HIV-infected pregnant women who are not receiving services to prevent transmission of the HIV virus to infants. The program provides services to high risk pregnant women through linkage and referrals. The goal of the T.O.P.W.A. program is to prevent women infected with HIV from infecting their babies. This program is eligible to all women of childbearing age, even those without documented citizenship.

Services include:

  • Free pregnancy and HIV Testing
  • Help getting substance abuse treatment
  • Help getting family planning services
  • Education and support
  • Assist with Medicaid enrollment
  • Free bus passes
  • Help with HIV medications and proper medical care