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
Our Vision | Programs | Leadership + Staff | Board of Directors | Directions
We positively change lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS through prevention, housing and care.
To be a relentless force
for health equity.
We believe being open-minded, nonjudgmental and empathetic creates an environment of safety essential to preserving dignity.
We champion causes to eliminate negative impact and stigma from our local communities and beyond.
We are problem solvers that find new solutions to improve the lives of those we serve.
We uphold the highest standards to not only be the best we can be but also the most effective.
We allow humanity and hope to have a visible presence and be a driving force in all we do.