PanCare of Florida Inc. plans to expand HIV/AIDS services and treatments

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Diseases like HIV do not discriminate.

That's why one area health organization is working to educate the public about prevention and care.

After a recent grant, the group now has the means to reach more people than before.

PanCare of Florida, Inc. received money from the Ryan White HIV and AIDS program Part C Early Intervention Services Grant last week.

They awarded PanCare $300,000 a year for the next two years to provide more services to people infected with HIV.

The company will hire about three workers to provide case management, early intervention services and primary care to people living with the disease in seven area counties.

Officials estimate they can help 300 additional people, some who may not have already been diagnosed with HIV.

"A lot of the people who suffer from HIV and AIDS are uninsured. This will allow us to provide services to the uninsured population," said Mike Hill, President & CEO, PanCare of Florida, Inc.

PanCare doesn't provide services for free. They use a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.

Six of the organizations receiving grant money are in southern states. Officials say that's where it's needed the most.