|Caracole has served the HIV/AIDS community for more than 30 years. The agency’s mission is to positively change lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS through prevention, housing and care. For help, please call 513-761-1480. Our confidential programs include:
Caracole’s prevention program provides FREE, anonymous or confidential HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) testing for the community. We conduct testing in our Northside office and on our mobile testing van throughout Hamilton and Butler Counties in Southwest Ohio. Additionally, we provide education and prevention services to at-risk populations. Our community outreach is focused on high-risk populations: men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and commercial sex workers.
- Free, rapid (results in 20 minutes) anonymous HIV testing
- Free, rapid (results in 15 minutes) confidential Hepatitis C (HCV) testing
- One-on-one counseling services for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
- Harm reduction services for people who inject drugs
- Prevention and educational services to community groups
Free, confidential case-management services are available for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Cincinnati area. People of all income levels (with and without medical insurance) are welcome to these services, which include:
- Individual support maintaining medical care and medication adherence
- Assistance with the cost of HIV medical care, medications, dental services, mental health care and health insurance premiums (income guidelines do apply)
- Referrals for substance abuse and/or mental health recovery
- Help accessing financial benefits or legal services
Short-Term Rental, Utility and Mortgage Assistance (STRMU)
This program is a short-term, needs-based intervention to prevent homelessness and promote housing stability for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Hamilton, Brown, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties. This program helps pay for rent, utilities or mortgages for individuals during an HIV-related financial crisis.
Caracole House is a low barrier, site-based, permanent supportive housing program serving HIV+, chronically homeless and precariously housed individuals. Each resident within Caracole House receives their own private, one bedroom apartment, 24/7 on-site services and case management.
Shelter Plus Care
Shelter Plus Care serves more than 250 clients, caregivers and children, making is Caracole’s largest housing program. It is a rent subsidy program offering a permanent housing solution for homeless individuals and families with an adult member living with HIV/AIDS. Caracole provides case management and supportive services to help these individuals and families find and maintain safe housing, stay together and live as independently as possible.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing is a rent subsidy program that serves HIV+ individuals who are considered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be ‘unstably housed.’ Similar to Shelter Plus Care, in addition to the rental subsidy, clients in our Permanent Supportive Housing program also receive comprehensive case management and referral services.
Our pharmacy services are convenient and confidential. Caracole contracts with PharmBlue, a mail-order pharmacy that provides HIV and non-HIV medication to enrolled clients with automatic monthly refills and a 24/7 pharmacy help center. Through this service established by the 340B Drug Pricing Program, Caracole is able to offer co-pay assistance to all clients enrolled in our pharmacy services.