Recent News

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness 2021

Please take a moment to read through the newsletter put together by BASIC’s prevention teams recapping their hard work earlier this month. These teams worked together to host a wide variety of events during the week and throughout our community to recognize National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, 2021.

You.Me.WE. Changing the Face of HIV

Central Panhandle AIDS Network


Your HIV/AIDS Community Planning Group

Bringing Interested Individuals Together to:

Talk, Network, Advocate and Discuss How

to Combat and/or Live with HIV/AIDS

Meeting Schedule—2021

(All Meetings Held on the 3rd Tuesday quarterly at 10am and last about 1 hour)

January 26, 2021-via ZOOM(link will be provided)

April 20, 2021— Location TBA, Panama City

July 20, 2021— Location TBA, Panama City

October 19, 2021— Location TBA, Panama City

  • If in person meetings resume:

         St. Andrews is located at 1607 Baker Court, Panama City, FL

  • If zoom meeting resume the link will be provided before the date

 Call BASIC, NWFL at (850) 785-1088 for more information

Pay It Forward Fundraising Event at Pineapple Willy’s!

Join us at Pineapple Willy’s for the Annual Pay it Forward Campaign to help benefit some great local charities! August 24-28 Pineapple Willy’s will be donating 100% of the profit from all food sales to these local charities: Beach Care Services, Paws & Claws, and B.A.S.I.C. of NW Florida. Eat good food and give back to the community – win and win!

Watch our President/CEO, Valerie Mincey’s interview with WJHG here.

2nd Annual Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

We will be promoting SHAAD on Day 1 & Southern Solutions on Day 2.

There is an HIV/AIDS crisis in the South, right here in our community. This reality requires all of us to be engaged in collective, bold, and innovative strategies to reduce these disparities.

Since 1989, BASIC NWFL, Inc. has helped thousands by #PursuingThePossible. We are a volunteer governed, community based organization dedicated to aiding, assisting, and comforting those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as their families and friends. At BASIC of Northwest Florida, we provide discrete and compassionate assistance without passing judgment. BASIC provides awareness, education, advocacy, linkage to care, prevention, testing and substance abuse/HIV education to the citizens of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties. For more information about SHAAD, please visit their website at

Together, we can #EndTheHIVEpidemic by being the #SouthernSolution today. We are #DoingTheWork and making a much needed difference in the South and in our community.

“Inspiration to do this work most often comes from something or someone that has impacted my life.  The need to help is ingrained in me and being fulfilled by making a difference.  HIV in the South has been my mission since 1996 and is the driving force behind my dedication to people living with HIV (PLWH). Being a board member of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) furthers that mission because of the connection all of us have in the South.  Together, we do make a difference.”

Valerie Mincey | President/CEO

RISE Together HIV Stigma Reduction Campaign

Thanks to the Southern AIDS Coalition and the COMPASS Initiative SPARK! Grant Program, we have billboards up in Bay, Jackson, Holmes and Gulf Counties to promote the reduction of stigma surrounding people living with HIV. Be on the lookout for these billboards, and if you are able to get a picture of it or a selfie with it and tag our BASIC NWFL Facebook Page and use the hashtag #REDUCESTIGMA. (Please do so safely and legally, following all traffic laws!) Principle reasons for people not acknowledging their HIV status are fear of a real or perceived stigma that may be associated with that information becoming a known fact in their community. People living with HIV/AIDS can be reluctant to access services in their area given the stigma of having HIV and how it might result in rejection by the community, family, friends, and coworkers who are lacking knowledge and understanding about risk of HIV transmission, prevention and treatment. Let’s work together to get rid of stigma!

Locations of billboards:

  • Bay County: On Hwy 98 @Lisenby and on 23rd street East of Beck Ave.
  • Jackson County: Hwy 71
  • Holmes County: Hwy 90 and Hwy 70
  • Gulf County: on Hwy 98 @Redfish St.

Thank you Southern AIDS Coalition and COMPASS Initiative for making this possible!