In 1983, the virus that causes AIDS was isolated and eventually named HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).By 1985, widespread blood testing had begun, and 2-1-1 Big Bend received a contract with the Florida Department of Health to establish a new, statewide AIDS hotline.Please explore our web site or e-mail a counselor if you need any additional information.
For additional HIV/AIDS information visit Florida's Know Your HIV Status ( web site.
We are funded by the Florida Department of Health HIV/AIDS Section, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Bureau of Communicable Diseases.
An important rule of thumb: should you experience any symptoms after sexual contact, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician as soon as possible.
Letting symptoms get worse or putting off STD testing can result in severe illness, sterility, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, passing an infection to your next partner, irreversible damage to your nervous system, or even death.
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