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Community Based Education and Outreach

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County

Why Should I Participate in This Training? 

Florida Statute 381.004 requires individuals to receive HIV 501 client-centered testing, partner counseling and referral service training prior to conducting HIV pre/post-test counseling and testing. The training can benefit other professionals to enhance skills in providing risk reduction messages to their clients (i.e. doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors, faith community leaders providing marriage/relationship counseling and volunteers). Through these efforts, we can make a difference in the prevention and spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in our community.

DOH Contacts by County:

Cynthia Heard 352-334-7900 ext 3539

Lisa Giddens 352-527-0068 ext 1232

Diana Chesser 352-771-5547

Larette King 386-758-1364

Leaneze Hawkins 352-629-0137

  • HIV/AIDS 500/501 Training at Alachua County Health Department 2017
  • HIV/AIDS 500/501 Training at Columbia County Health Department 2017
  • HIV/AIDS 500/501 Training at Lake County Health Department 2017
  • HIV/AIDS 500/501 Training at Marion County Health Department 2017

Cynthia A. Heard: 224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641

352-334-7900 xt 3539

January 19th 8 am to 5 pm

January 20th 8 am to 1 pm

March 16th 8 am to 5 pm

March 17th 8 am to 1 pm

May 23rd 8 am to 5 pm

May 24th 8 am to 1 pm

July 25th 8 am to 5 pm

July 26th 8 am to 1 pm

September 21st 8 am to 5 pm

September 22nd 8 am to 1 pm

November 16th 8 am to 5 pm

November 17th 8 am to 1 pm

Jim Ison: 217 NE Franklin Street, Lake City, FL


March 16th TBD

March 17th TBD

Diane Chesser: 249 E. Collins Street, Umatilla, FL



Leaneze Hawkins: 1801 SE 32nd Ave, Ocala, FL



HIV 500 Training 

HIV 500 is the required prerequisite for attending HIV 501 client-centered counseling, testing, and partner services training. The HIV 500 course is a four  hour online training course that provides specific information related to HIV history, origination, transmission modes, disease progression, testing types/options, prevention, universal precautions, laws, and statistics to prepare participants to become HIV pre and posttest counselors.

To access the online course:

The HIV 500 course is free of charge.

HIV 501 and HIV 501 Update 

HIV 501: The HIV 501 counseling, testing, and partner services training is a 16 hour training session. This training provides a greater understanding of HIV/AIDS, testing protocols, HIV relevance to domestic violence, and enhancement in client-centered risk reduction counseling skills for individuals providing services in the public and private sector. It is required training for DOH HIV testing.

HIV 501 Update: The HIV 501 Update training is an annual 2 hour class that includes updates on forms, processes, legislation, programs, and statistics and is required of all DOH employees, CBO's and volunteers.

Non-DOH $50.00
Students $25.00

HIV 501 Update is free of charge

All HIV 501 and HIV 501 Update classes will be held at the location listed on the class schedule, by date. Locations are subject to change with notice provided to registrants.  There must be a minimum of 12 participants or a class will be subject to cancellation.  Please provide us with a 72-hour noticeif you are registered for a class but are unable to attend.

Register for HIV 501 or HIV 501 Update 

To register for the HIV 501 or the HIV 501 Update, contact:

EIC Cynthia Heard at 352-334-7900 ext 3539

Please also fill out the online registration form below, and submit.  Your registration will be received and someone will be in contact with you.

Register Online

1. Are you an employee/volunteer of DOH, HIV Test Site, or Case Manager?
Yes (go to question #1b)
No (go to question #2)


2. Does or will your job duties require HIV pre-test and post-test counseling? Yes No

3. Your Full Name:
4. Your Job Title:
5. Your Job Address:
City: Zip:
6. Your Day Phone:
7. Your Email:

Please select the appropriate class choice, and enter the dates desired below:

HIV 501 Class (1.5 Days)
Enter date desired:
Enter alternate date:

HIV 501 Update (2 hours)
Enter date desired:
Enter alternate date:

Please keep in mind that registration does not guarantee seating. The HIV 501 class is limited to 18 participants. Registration will not be processed unless all information is filled out. Someone will be in contact with you regarding your submission. You are not considered registered until you receive confirmation from an AIDS program office staff member.