About Us

Founded in 1985, Nashville CARES is the premier HIV/AIDS service organization in Tennessee. Annually, we serve more than 50,000 people statewide, and provide comprehensive services to clients throughout 17 counties in Middle Tennessee. We provide targeted education, free and confidential HIV testing and a broad range of comprehensive services to individuals who are at-risk for or living with


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.


To see a community where HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, everyone with HIV/AIDS has access to care, treatment and support to achieve optimal health and self-sufficiency without stigma or discrimination.


In support of our mission and vision, our actions are guided, supported, and measured by our values:

  • Do what is right:  We act with integrity in every situation
  • Show respect and compassion:  We show empathy and kindness to every person.
  • Demonstrate passion for the services we provide:  We do more than just our job, we believe in our mission

Nashville CARES is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, and clients. We respect equity and inclusivity for all people and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We respect, value, and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person unique. We also believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities.

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