Nashville CARES Promotes Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Friday, March 09, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 9, 2012) – In Middle Tennessee, women represent 26 percent of new HIV infections reported each year. On March 10, 2012, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, communities across the nation take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness on the impact it has on women and girls.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in one hundred thirty-nine women will be diagnosed with HIV infection during their lifetime. Black and Hispanic/Latina women are at increased risk of infection. For most women, the most common methods of HIV transmission are high-risk heterosexual contact and injection drug use.
Every 35 minutes a woman is infected with HIV in the United States. Nashville CARES urges women and teens to get tested. 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 6:30 p.m., and every Second Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CARES also offers educational and support programs that are specifically created for women living with or at risk for HIV. For more information about our programs please visit www.NashvilleCARES.org.
Nashville CARES relies on support from the local community to provide services to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information about how you can help in the fight against HIV/AIDS please visit all (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 17,000 free 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.