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Support Groups

313HIV - Areas 3 and 13

Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline 

As of October 1st, the Florida HIV/AIDS Hotline is offering anonymous & confidential online chatting with a certified HIV/AIDS counselor on the hotline website. The chatting feature is an additional option that visitors can utilize if they do not feel comfortable calling the hotline. To initiate the chatting feature go to http://211bigbend.net/hotlines/florida-hivaids-hotline.html and click on the blue "Ready to Chat When You Are" button in the lower right hand corner. The chatting feature will be available during regular hotline hours. The Florida HIV/AIDS hotline is open Monday-Friday 8am-9pm, and on Saturdays from 10:30am-6:30pm. The four hotline numbers available are:

1-800-FLA-AIDS (352-2437) ENGLISH
1-800-545-SIDA (545-7432) SPANISH
1-800-AIDS-101 (243-7101) HAITIAN CREOLE
1-888-503-7118 TDD/TYY (HEARING/SPEECH IMPAIRED)

The website also has a wealth of information on HIV/AIDS. Certified HIV/AIDS counselors can also be reached via email at: http://211bigbend.net/contact-florida-hivaids-hotline-counselor.html. The online resource directory can be accessed at: http://211bigbendaids.bowmansystems.com/ and provides contact information for organizations, companies and other groups that offer HIV/AIDS services statewide. Contacting the HIV/AIDS hotline via telephone, email, or online chatting is confidential with the option of being anonymous. Visitors do not have to give any personal information if they do not want to.

Let's Talk About It 

"Let's Talk About It" is a peer positive advocacy program serving HIV-positive women and female caregivers in North Florida. This diverse group of women meets monthly to support and encourage one another while building skills to reach out to their peers and providers in North Florida. The group uses testimonial media such as posters, magazines, and presentations to connect with other positive women and be a voice in their communities. If you would like to join this beautiful group of women, please contact Angela at 352-372-1095.

Now Online! The new support tool for HIV positive women and female caregivers - the Let's Talk About It Blog! The "Let's Talk About It" blog is a safe site for women living with HIV and female caregivers (for someone who is positive), to come together and find support, information, and inspiration. Most blog pieces are written by "Let's Talk About It" Peer Advocates - positive women and caregivers living in North Central Florida.

PEP Club - Positives Empowering Positives 

Contact: Marvene Edwards 352-334-7900

Date/Time: Meeting Held Every LAST Friday of Each Month, 11am-1pm

Location: Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, 224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville FL 32641

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Date/Time: Every 2nd Tuesday of Every Month, 6pm-8pm (NO meetings in November and December)

Location: Day Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 1945 NE 8th Ave, Gainesville