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We are Caracole. 

Caracole is Greater Cincinnati tristate region's nonprofit AIDS Service Organization, devoted to positively changing lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Founded in 1987, we started as a small, non-medical hospice for people dying of AIDS. Today, while treatment and prevention are available, the HIV epidemic has not gone away. It remains a significant humanitarian, public health and economic issue.

Today, Caracole works to end HIV/AIDS by providing:

Prevention: preventing the spread of HIV through community outreach, education, HIV/HCV testing, PrEP assistance, safer sex, safer injection and overdose prevention supplies, syringe services and treatment referrals

Housing: offering a variety of permanent housing support to prevent homelessness and to stabilize individuals and families living with HIV

Care: helping individuals living with HIV access the health care they need through medical case management and pharmacy services.

The meaning of “Caracole”

Our name is derived from the Spanish word for "snail shell." It reflects the idea of a living, growing shelter. Like a shell, we provide a home that grows to meet the changing needs of the people we serve. We remain committed to staying relevant for those we serve and offering the safe, expanding space that our name implies.

Who we serve

Currently, we serve more than 1,500 clients living with HIV/AIDS and provide more than 1,700 free or anonymous HIV tests annually.

Our service area includes:

Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren
Kentucky counties: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Mason and Pendleton
Indiana counties: Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio and Union Counties in Southwest Indiana

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Our Mission

We positively change lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS through prevention, housing and care.

Our Vision

To be a relentless force
for health equity.

Our Values

Unconditional Inclusivity
We believe that being open-minded, nonjudgmental and empathetic creates an environment of safety essential to preserving dignity.

Relentless Advocacy
We champion causes to eliminate negative outcomes and stigma from our local communities and beyond.

Practical Innovation
We are problem solvers who find new solutions to improve the lives of those we serve.

Absolute Accountability
We uphold the highest standards to not only be the best we can be but also the most effective.

Radical Optimism
We allow humanity and hope to have a visible presence and be a driving force in all we do.


Caracole is proud to be a part of and supported by the following organizations:


Caracole - Positively Changing lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS

         4138 Hamilton Avenue
       Cincinnati, OH 45223

         p 513.761.1480
       f  513.761.1569

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