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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

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Contact Us

  •  941-624-7200

    Mailing Location

    1100 Loveland Boulevard 

    Port Charlotte, FL 33980

What is HIV? 

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. When the virus enters the body, it infects certain parts of the immune system, weakening the body’s defenses. HIV lives in four main body fluids: blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breastmilk. Any unprotected exposure to these fluids puts you at risk of getting HIV. Though many treatments exist for HIV infection, still no cure has been developed.

Our goal is to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide confidential testing, as well as referral to treatment and resources to those who are infected and affected by the epidemic. We also offer HIV prevention options. Our main objectives include increasing the public's knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS, promoting HIV testing and connecting our patients to the very best treatment and care.

Additional Resources
  • National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-342-2437
  • Florida AIDS Hotline: 1-800-352-2437
    • Spanish - 1-800-545-7432
    • Haitian Creole - 1-800-243-7101
    • TDD - 1-888-503-7118

Other Services
  • Free male/female condoms and lubrication.
  • Useful information about STDs, safe sex, and HIV.
  • Educational pamphlets and material.