Nashville CARES offers an array of culturally sensitive counseling and educational programs to help stop the spread of HIV. These programs can help you choose the tools needed to stay free of HIV infections. Most are available to the general public, regardless of HIV status.
Educates and mobilizes African American gay/bisexual and same gender loving men age 26 and up around HIV prevention as a part of a positive sexual identity.
Young Brothers United (YBU)
Educates and supports young African American gay/bisexual and same gender loving males under the age of 25.
HealthyU (Healthy University) consists of educational programs and social groups for people living with HIV/AIDS. These programs give you an opportunity to get HIV education, develop healthy life skills, and create a supportive bond with others.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day pill that reduces the risk of transmitting HIV.
IS PrEP FOR ME?
- Is your main sex partner HIV positive?
- Do you have multiple and/or anonymous sex partners?
- Do you have condomless sex with partners whose HIV status you don’t know?
- Have you been recently diagnosed with an STD?
- Do you or your sex partners use or inject drugs?
- Do you or your partner exchange sex for money, housing, drugs, alcohol or other needs?
Do I need to use condoms while I am using PrEP?
It is generally recommended that PrEP be used in combination with other sexual safety methods.
Does PrEP work?
PrEP is 92 – 95% effective in preventing HIV, but only if taken daily as prescribed.
What should I expect when I start PrEP?
When you’re ready, you will need to schedule an appointment with our navigators to get tested to make sure you do not have HIV. It is important to stay connected to your doctor and navigator for follow up testing, refills and discussions about any side effects.
How do I pay for PrEP?
In most cases your private insurance can help pay for PrEP. However, we do have assistance programs for those who qualify.
Is there a difference between PrEP and PEP?
PrEP is only intended for HIV negative individuals prior to a potential exposure. PEP is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and is most effective if initiated within 72 hours after possible exposure.