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Nashville CARES promotes Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Nashville CARES promotes Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 7, 2012) – According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) African Americans among all other racial/ethnic groups bear the greatest burden of HIV in the United States. The CDC estimates that one in 16 black men and one in 34 black women will be diagnosed with the HIV infection during their lifetime. Today marks the 12th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day across the country.

 

Every 9½ minutes someone in the United States is infected with HIV. Tennessee continues to have disproportionate number of HIV/AIDS cases among African Americans. African Americans account for 17 percent of the state population and 65 percent of new HIV cases diagnosed each year. Each year Nashville CARES educates more than 32,000 African Americans about HIV in Middle Tennessee.

 

Nashville CARES offers a wide range of services for everyone. Free confidential testing is available at 633 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204, Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and every Second Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CARES also offers educational and support programs that are specifically created for African American men and women living with or at risk for HIV. For more information about our programs please visitwww.NashvilleCARES.org.

 

Nashville CARES relies on support from the local community to provide services for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information about how you can help in the fight against HIV/AIDS please visit www.NashvilleCARES.org or call (615) 259-4866

 

About Nashville CARES: Nashville CARES is Tennessee’s largest HIV/AIDS organization. Each year, CARES educates 50,000 adults and youth to prevent new HIV infections, provides 12,000 HIV tests, and offers comprehensive support to 2,400 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS.  All services are available without charge throughout 17 Middle Tennessee counties.