Nashville CARES Partners with CCA for the Largest One Day HIV Testing Event Ever Scheduled in a Correction Facility
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville CARES Linkage-2-Care Program will provide free HIV testing to CCA Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility’s male residents. Nearly 900 residents will receive access to free HIV testing and life-saving health information. The screening is the largest one day testing event ever scheduled at a corrections facility and is part of the National HIV Testing Day initiative.
“We are thrilled to partner with CCA on this unique and exciting event,” said Lisa Binkley, Lead Corrections Coordinator-Navigator for Nashville CARES. “This partnership gives power to individuals who, for the most part, have very little say in their healthcare. Learning their HIV status gives them some control. Proactive testing and education is the new prevention when dealing with the incarcerated population.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States. Men and women behind bars are at an increased risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV. The correctional setting is often the first place they are diagnosed and provided treatment. Research has now proven conclusively that HIV treatment is also prevention: reducing HIV viral load in an individual to an “undetectable” level reduces the risk of HIV transmission nearly to zero.
Nashville CARES Linkage-2-Care is a state-wide program that offers services to HIV positive men and women who are leaving the correctional setting and assists them in gaining medical, social and emotional support services in their local community. The goal is to create short-term and long-term goals that include access to HIV medical care, education services, healthy lifestyles and prevention of transmission.
The free testing event is on Saturday, June 28 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
About Nashville CARES:
Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to over 44,000 youth and adults, 13,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and support services to 2,500 men, women and children living with the disease. For information about Nashville CARES, visit www.NashvilleCARES.org and “like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NashCARES.