Florida Department of Health in Bay County
HIV / AIDS

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Schedule your HIV test today

The Health Department offers the HIV [Human Immunodeficiency Virus] test at no charge.

  • Testing is confidential.
  • Anonymous testing is available for a fee. Instead of giving your name, you will be identified by a unique number.
  • Partner notification services are available.
  • Testing is offered by appointment, or you can walk in between the hours of 8 and 5.
  • Confidential HIV Rapid Testing is available the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays as walk-ins from 4:30-PM. 

For more information about HIV/AIDS contact us at (850) 872-4455 Laura McKinney at ext 1184, Edward Richards at ext 1188, or Sherrie Serpas at ext.1183 or via email.

Clinic Services

Our clinic specializes in providing medical care for persons living with HIV and AIDS. We see patients by appointment.

If you are HIV-positive and want more information about medical services, call the Health Department (850) 872-4455 to make an appointment.

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

This program provides medications to low-income people who are living with HIV. The medications treat HIV disease and certain opportunistic infections. Eligibility is based on 400% of federal poverty level or less for program, current (less than 6 months old) CD4 and Viral load labs and current prescriptions for HIV medications. Call 850-872-4455 option 1 then option 2 to make an appointment to enroll or for a medication pickup.

Education

Classes are provided to any interested group who would like HIV prevention education for their church, civic, or community group. They are tailored to the needs of your specific population.

Certification classes required to maintain health care and other professional licenses are available, usually on the first Thursday of each month. Call for details.

Special classes are available to train volunteers and professionals to do HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. These are held at the health department or at other locations throughout the surrounding six counties.

Central Panhandle AIDS Network

Join Us and have your voice heard! The Central Panhandle AIDS Network has monthly Consortium meetings that address prevention and patient care issues within Area 2A, which includes Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties. This organization is a partnership of local agencies, health care providers and concerned citizens that meets the third Tuesday of every month Jackson County or Bay County. All interested people are invited to attend. Call for the location of the next meeting!

There is neither a cure for AIDS nor a vaccine that can prevent HIV infection

Hepatitis Prevention

The Health Department offers free Hepatitis screening and vaccine for those who complete the high risk assessment. Stop by today to screen for Hepatitis A, B and C. (Appointment is suggested) Vaccine is available for Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis C education is also available at no charge. Call for more information at (850) 872-4455 ext. 1184.