Jorge Gardela – The AIDS Activist

Jorge Gardela is committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Thirteen years ago, the Costa Rican native started working at The Pride Center at Equality Park. It was here that he began to recognize the special health care needs of HIV positive Latinos.

Gardela is currently the Health Outreach Director at The Pride Center. He is also the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council Co-Chair, Co-Chair of the Florida Latino AIDS Advisory Group, Co-Chair of the Broward County Latinos en Acción Advisory Group, and a founding member and Broward County’s representative to the UCHAPS (Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services).

Gardela provides leadership in state and federal funding requirements in the development and implementation of c services for people living with HIV/AIDS and at risk for HIV infection. 

His current focus is to advance community health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and care services in the context of a changing health care environment.  Some of his current professional core objectives include advancing and responding to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, increasing efforts to accomplish communicable disease integration, and preparing staff and community leaders for implementation of prevention and care services in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.

The Pride Center offers free HIV testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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