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Nashville CARES Promotes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday, February 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN – National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that sheds light on the disease’s impact on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, thousands of people, advocacy organizations, and local and state public health officials host events and share facts about HIV/AIDS.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the end of 2010, an estimated 25% of adults and adolescents aged 13 years or older living with a diagnosis of HIV in the United States were women. But not all women are equally at risk for HIV infection. Women of color, especially African American women, are disproportionately affected by HIV infection compared with women of other races/ethnicities. At some point in their lifetimes, an estimated 1 in 32 African American women will be diagnosed with HIV infection, compared with 1 in 106 Hispanic/Latino women and 1 in 526 white women. In Middle Tennessee, 17% of new HIV+ diagnoses were women, of which 35% were African American women.

The CDC recommends routine HIV testing for all adults ages 13-64, regardless of perceived risk. Early diagnosis of HIV allows for counseling and prompt treatment. HIV treatment prolongs life and reduces the risk of further HIV transmission.

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 6:00 p.m., no appointment necessary. In addition, CARES offers educational and support programs that are specifically created for women living with or at risk for HIV.

Nashville CARES will offer a number of educational and testing outreach events in conjunction with National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, including free and confidential testing at The Lipstick Lounge, located at 1400 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206, on Saturday, March 15.

For more information about our programs, or to learn how you can help in the fight against HIV/AIDS, please call (615) 259-4866 or visit www.NashvilleCARES.org.

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.

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Media Contact: M. Patrick Hamilton

Chief Development Officer

615-259-4866 ext. 252

phamilton@NashvilleCARES.org