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HIV and AIDS Services

Florida Department of Health in Putnam County


HIV Testing 

Image of AIDS ribbonThe Florida Department of Health in Putnam County provides confidential HIV testing. All counselors are certified testers that ensure testing is done safely and confidentially. Trained counselors provide education and support to individuals who are at risk of becoming infected with HIV or are already infected.

Education/Community Outreach 

The HIV prevention staff provides community education about HIV prevention to Putnam County. Staff also provides individualized one-on-one education when needed. Program staff visits college campuses, faith-based groups and other community organizations to provide HIV testing and education as well as information on clinic services.

HIV/AIDS Clinic 

The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County HIV/AIDS Program provides patient care services to the HIV/AIDS community.  Our full service AIDS patient care clinic is funded through state general revenue funds and support from our local Health Planning Council. 

Our clinic offers patient care, HIV counseling and testing, case management, nutritional services, etc. Our Health Department also offers access to ADAP medications and referrals to access Ryan White pharmaceuticals.

Visit our AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) page for more information.

Our goal is to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide treatment and resources to those who are infected and affected by the epidemic. Our main objectives include increasing the public's knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS, promoting HIV testing and providing the very best treatment and care for Putnam County residents.

How to Report HIV/AIDS Cases 

If you are a Putnam County health care provider or laboratory director that tests, diagnoses and/or treats HIV/AIDS patients, please be aware that the Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 64D-3 states that certain demographic and HIV/AIDS defining clinical information and tests must be reported to your local county health department's HIV/AIDS program. You are required by Florida State Law, as of the updated F.A.C 64D-3 version on November 20th 2006, to report patients who are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Any HIV Western Blot positive, HIV qualitative PCR positive, or diagnostic HIV positive (e.g. viral load or NAAT) tests done on or after July 1, 1997 (for laboratories and providers).
  • Any CD4 tests with values < absolute 200 or < 14% on any HIV positive patients (for providers).
  • Any of the 26 CDC AIDS defining opportunistic infections (for providers).
  • Any HIV exposed newborns (i.e. infants 18 months of age or less) born to an HIV infected woman on the next business day (for providers).
  • Any HIV detectable viral load tests on or after November 20, 2006 if an HIV/AIDS surveillance staff member calls your office for more information (for providers).
  • All detectable and undetectable HIV quantitative viral load tests done on or after November 20, 2006(for laboratories).
  • All CD4 tests, with or without confirmed HIV infection (for laboratories).

Reports should be sent double envelope marked confidential to:

Florida Department of Health in Putnam County
HIV Case Manager
2801 Kennedy Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Or faxed to 386-326-3298 (secure and confidential fax)

Related Links 

The following are very useful web sites dedicated to providing current and accurate HIV/AIDS information:

  • www.cdc.gov/hiv
    Provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS information on statistics, transmission, treatment, patient care, prevention, research, disease facts, counseling and testing, funding and national conferences.
  • http://www.cdcnpin.org/
    A resource for educational materials including fact sheets, FAQs, brochures, videos, books, reports, posters and various other prevention items.
  • http://www.wemakethechange.com