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HIV/AIDS

Florida Department of Health in Marion County

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has served the HIV/AIDS community for many years. Our clinic offers state-of-the-art patient care, HIV counseling and testing, case management, nutritional services, and more.

The Department also offers access to AIDS Drug Assistance Program medications and referrals for patients to access pharmaceuticals through the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Testing

HIV testing is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Department’s Ocala facility for free. Results from these tests typically are available in about two weeks. Clients must return to the clinic to receive results.

The rapid HIV test is administered weekdays at the Department’s Ocala location as part of a complete screening for sexually transmitted diseases. The rapid HIV test provides results in 15 minutes from a finger-stick blood sample. Clients are seen on a sliding fee scale for complete STD screening.

Anonymous and confidential testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Patient Care

Department staff provide specialty health care for HIV-positive clients. Medicaid, Medicare, third party, and other payer sources can be billed for services.

Clients with income above federal poverty guidelines are charged on a sliding fee scale.

Appointments are required. Call 352-629-0137, ext. 2129 for information.

Community Outreach

Staff members are available to provide testing at locations throughout Marion County. They are also available to speak at community meetings and other groups. Call the Department for details.

Reporting

As per Florida Administrative Code 64D-3.029 HIV and AIDS are reportable diseases that must be reported within two weeks of a reportable HIV test or AIDS diagnosis to the area HIV/AIDS Surveillance Office at 352-334-7968, or fax 352-334-8867. The Adult HIV Confidential Case Report Form should be used for reporting.

Related Links

Florida Department of Health HIV/AIDS Section

We Make the Change

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS page

CDC National Prevention Information Network

Adult HIV Confidential Case Report Form