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HIV Testing at Home

Imagine being able to test yourself for HIV in the comfort of your own home. Empath Partners in Care (EPIC), a member of Empath Health, is making this possible through a free, at-home testing program for anyone living in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. These...

Finding the Facts on HIV

Within our community, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to be areas of concern for public health. According to the Florida Department of Health, the state continues to report some of the highest rates of new infections in the country, with...

Florida organizations, officials mark four years since Pulse

On June 12, EPIC joined organizations throughout Central Florida and Tampa Bay to honor the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. The virtual memorial included a reading and ringing of bells to honor the beautiful lives that were cut short due to a senseless,...

EPIC hosts drive-in film fundraiser

EPIC will host a drive-in screening of “Mamma Mia!” May 23 at its St. Petersburg campus to raise funds for essential services. The movie will be broadcast on two mobile movie screens, with each car’s radio receiving the audio. EPIC will have individually-wrapped...

Making an Impact in Care

Congratulations to our May Impact Award winner, Galo Cruz, a medical case manager for EPIC (Empath Partners in Care). Cruz has been working with the Hispanic community for many years and dedicated his Master’s thesis to Latinos and HIV. He joined as a medical case...

Residents Invited To Dine Out April 11 To Fight AIDS

Tampa Bay residents are invited to enjoy a night out at their favorite restaurants on Thursday while raising money for a worthy cause. For the 13th year, Tampa Bay restaurants have joined together to support the fight against HIV by participating in Dining Out For...

Local Dining Out for Life Set for April 11

Gulfport restaurants are once again participating in high numbers for the 14th-annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser that will be held locally on Thursday, April 11. From 25 to 100 percent of the proceeds from participating restaurants will benefit a local HIV/AIDS...

Stay Safe from HIV: Use Condoms

HIV/AIDS still continue to threaten our health and world. In 2017, 39 million people were infected with HIV/AIDS globally, according to UNAIDS. The HIV virus is mainly spread through unprotected sex or sharing intravenous drug needles. It can turn fatal if left...

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week: Extra Giving Honors a Friend

The late Bob Holm shared his gifts of compassion and support for individuals and families impacted by HIV through his longtime volunteer service with EPIC (Empath Partners in Care), a member of Empath Health. In recognition and celebration of Random Acts of Kindness...

EPIC Generations: Supporting the Lives of LGBTQ Elders

Everyone can live better with support and care from the community, especially when aging. EPIC (Empath Partners in Care) Generations is a new program created to educate the community and respond to the unique challenges and needs of older LGBTQ residents in Pinellas...

Local Artist Raises Awareness With Couture Condom Dresses

Local artist Ryan Young created a series of handmade dresses using condoms to raise awareness about our HIV services and the stigma associated with HIV. He conceptualized each dress after discussing the fight against HIV and AIDS with those personally impacted. We're...

Working Together to End HIV

One population hit hard by HIV is African Americans. The CDC showed that while black people make up 12 percent of the population, they make up 44 percent of new HIV diagnoses. One in six African Americans do not know they have HIV. Out of all HIV diagnoses in the...

Balance Tampa Bay’s Avant Garde masquerade to benefit EPIC

Balance Tampa Bay is an LGBTA volunteer organization that focuses on promoting fellowship, fun and philanthropy throughout the LGBTQ community. The organization’s annual masquerade ball has benefited EPIC since the event’s inception, with 2017’s gathering raising...

Be Brave and in the Know – Get HIV Tested

It’s normal to get regular check-ups for our health. But, why not necessarily HIV testing? We know that HIV is still out there. It can happen to males and females, young and old, including those who are having sex or sharing intravenous drug needles. Infections are...

Dining Out For Life Tampa Bay Is Back In 2018

Dining Out For Life Tampa Bay is this Thursday! Check out our Executive Director Joy Winheim and participating restaurant Community Cafe in this ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay segment talking about how you can give back.

National Condom Month: Breaking Down Barriers for Using Condoms

Practicing safe sex is key to staying healthy. As sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) continue to rise and spread, condom use is more important than ever for protection. In part 2 of our blog series for National Condom Month...

Mural Inspires Healing In Seminole Heights

Our Francis House campus has been honored to be part of the Seminole Heights community for over 25 years. We're committed to being a part of our neighborhood's healing, unity and hope. Watch the story: 10News WTSP.

Local Couple Lace Up For The 14th Annual Tampa Bay AIDS Walk & 5k

Tampa Bay’s 14th annual AIDS Walk & 5k will be held Dec. 9 at the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, and the city is lacing up for the event benefiting EPIC (Empath Partners In Care) In its 14 years, the event has drawn thousands of walkers and runners, with even more...

New Support Group Fosters Wellness and Empowerment for Women with HIV

Balancing everyday life and personal wellness can be challenging for all women. When living with a lifelong illness like HIV, it can be even more of a struggle. We offer hope, encouragement and support for any women with HIV in our community at our Women’s Wellness...

EPIC Counselor Talks HIV Testing, Education and Support

Have you thought about getting tested for HIV? Did you know you can get tested for free? Today’s National HIV Testing Day and we join in encouraging individuals to get tested for HIV and other STDs (sexually-transmitted diseases). “More than 1.1 million people in the...

EPIC (Empath Partners In Care) Volunteer Inspires A Community

Ann Nash, 73, was diagnosed with HIV nearly three decades ago. For the last decade, she has dedicated her heart, time and talent volunteering at EPIC (Empath Partners in Care's) Francis House campus. She cooks and serves food to those with HIV and shares her...

Dining Out to Save Lives

What if you could give back just by eating out at your favorite restaurant? On Thursday, April 27, diners in Gulfport and throughout the Tampa Bay area can do just that by participating in Dining Out for Life (DOFL), one of the most anticipated outreach events of the...

Tampa Bay Times Highlights New EPIC Leadership

Empath Partners in Care, a member of Empath Health, was formed by a recent merger of the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas and Francis House and has named new executives to its new leadership team. View coverage on Tampa Bay Times website.

ASAP Expands and Leads Future of HIV Services in Tampa Bay

Today HIV is a highly-manageable health condition thanks to advancements in treatment, advocacy and community services. With ongoing care and support, people who are infected can live long, prosperous lives, just like Gulfport resident and ASAP volunteer Greg Stemm....

ASAP and Francis House Merge to Expand Services to Tampa Bay Community

Clearwater, Fla. - Empath Health today announced the planned merger of Francis House in Tampa with ASAP, a member of Empath Health. The two nonprofits are well-known for providing excellent support programs and services to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS...

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