Free HIV Testing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 5 people who are living with HIV in the United States do not know that they are infected. They recommend that anyone who is between 13 and 64 and is sexually active be tested for HIV. If you are negative, you can take steps to make sure you stay that way. If you are positive, the sooner you know it, the better so that you can take advantage of the treatments available and avoid infecting other people. The test is easy and you can get your results in as little as 15 minutes. HIV testing should be part of your regular health check-up just like blood pressure and other screening tests.
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED! The Center provides free confidential HIV testing and counseling 7 days a week. We are the only location in Florida where you can get a free HIV test 7 days a week and after 5 pm on most evenings. We offer the Clearview HIV test, which gives the client a result in 15 minutes. No appointment is needed and all walk-ins are encouraged and accepted. We continue to grow this program and are looking to increase education and awareness, especially among the younger members of the community. Orange County continues to have one of the highest HIV infection rates in the nation.
The Center currently tests over 400 individuals per month. Knowledge is power in the reduction/eradication of HIV–the more people who know their status, the less likely they are to transmit the disease. In 2008, testing was conducted only once a week, resulting in less than 20 tests per month. Currently, testing is being conducted Monday – Sunday for a total of 60 hours!
12 Step Programs
GLBT individuals are three times more likely to develop an addiction. Some addictions include alcohol, drugs, narcotics or co-dependency. The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida offers multiple 12-step recovery groups to assist in the recovery from such addictions. The groups are open to anyone who has a dependency issue and a desire to quit. These are some of the most vital services we provide at The Center. The 12-step programs that meet at The Center are AA Wake-Up Call, Al-Anon, Positively Sober, Crystal Meth Anonymous, Rainbow Narcotics Anonymous, and Co-Dependency Anonymous.
Mental Health Counseling
3p – 7p
The Center offers mental health counseling to the community at a reduced rate. Professional, licensed and insured mental health counselors donate their time in blocks of 3 hours per week on Monday and Thursday to provide the counseling services. We are able to charge the clients reduced rates for both individual ($20 an hour) and couples counseling ($30 an hour).
Appointments must be scheduled and confirmed ahead of time. To schedule an appointment, simply call (407) 228-8272.
The David Bohnett CyberCenter is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 to 7:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for free computer use and internet access for members of THE CENTER. Non-CENTER members can use the CyberCenter for a fee of $1.00 for the first hour and $2.00 per hour for each additional hour.
There are numerous ways the CyberCenter benefits the community:
- Search the Internet for employment
- Attend seminars on resume writing
- Participate in on-line training
- Read and send emails
- Explore the Internet
Special thanks to The David Bohnett Foundation for providing all the equipment in the David Bohnett CyberCenter. The Center is one of many GLBT Centers throughout the country who have been the recipients of the generosity of the Foundation.
The Center currently has over 22 support/social groups meeting at The Center. They range from Bears of Central Florida to Latina Lesbians to GBT Men to Orlando Sisters to Rainbow Sisters.
From Alcoholics Anonymous to Transgender support, The Center has many opportunities for the GLBT Community to find help thru:
- AA Wake-Up Call
- Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
- Rainbow NA
- Co-Dependency (CODA)
- Men, Women and Transgendered
- Coming Out
- Relationship Violence