"When I found out I had HIV... people treated me like I had the plague... they wouldn't even touch me. But the people at CARES welcomed me and wrapped their arms around me and became my family. [Miss B passed in April 2019. She is dearly missed.] "
“At my lowest point, I was living under a bridge and struggling with substance abuse. Now thanks to CARES… I’m not only thriving, I’m mentoring other women living with HIV.”
"When I first came to CARES, I was scared that I wouldn’t find the HIV care I needed. But I was so wrong! They saw me... and they listened. It was the first time I felt hope that I could fight HIV."
"I thought I was invincible... until I wasn't. CARES taught me to stop saying, 'I got this...' and start saying, 'WE got this.'"
"After losing the love of my life to AIDS... I went into a deep depression. But CARES didn’t allow me to stay there. They allowed me to weep… talk... grieve... and then they ganged up on me with LOVE!"
"My body is strong. My mind is strong. I'm healthier than I've been in a very long time. I have CARES to thank for that... they treated ALL of me, not just my illness."
"The day before my wedding... I found out I was HIV positive while trying to give blood. I suddenly felt damaged... toxic. I arrived at CARES sobbing uncontrollably... but they welcomed me in and showed me my worth. Now, thanks to CARES... I'm not a hot mess anymore!"
"The people at CARES actually believe in me… they tell me that I'm not a victim and that my life matters. Now I'm learning to love myself... for the very first time."
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Fighting To End HIV/AIDS
Our mission is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. We work to achieve this through education, advocacy and support for those at risk for or living with HIV.
With your help, Nashville CARES serves more than 50,000 Middle Tennesseans living with or at-risk of HIV/AIDS including HIV prevention education to more than 29,000 youth and adults, more than 10,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 3,400 men, women and children living with the disease.
Nashville CARES is partially funded by the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Metro Public Health Department, the Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency, the Community Enhancement Fund, the Centers for Disease Control, the Emergency Food & Shelter Program, and an array of private foundations.