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Nashville CARES Recognizes National HIV Testing Day

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, Nashville CARES promotes a series of ongoing HIV testing events and educational opportunities for the community.

 

About 5,300 Middle Tennesseans are known to be living with HIV/AIDS.  Since many infected individuals have not been diagnosed, experts believe the actual number could be as high as 6,350 individuals.  Although HIV/AIDS is predominantly urban, cases of HIV/AIDS have been reported in every county in Tennessee.

 

Additionally, approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. One in five people may not realize they are infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

To maintain health and lower the risk of spreading the virus, it is critical for everybody to know their HIV status. People who are sexually active or who inject drugs should be routinely tested in an effort to prevent new infections. With advancements in medications and treatments, individuals infected with HIV can live long, productive lives. The key is getting tested because early treatment is more effective. Early detection also allows steps to be taken to prevent transmitting the virus.  Everybody should be tested at least once in their lifetime, most people should be tested annually and some people may benefit from testing every 6 months.

 

“The courageous act of routine HIV screening is one of the healthiest, paradigm changing acts anyone can do for their personal and community public health,” said CARES Chief Program Officer, Patrick Luther.  “It gives everyone unprecedented access to early HIV care that substantially prolongs the quality and quantity of life with HIV.  It protects future generations from the disease itself.  And, routine screening by everyone, by its occurrence in an ongoing way, halts the very things that have created the epidemic itself – stigma, hate, misinformation, stereotype, ignorance, apathy and indifference.”

 

Nashville CARES urges individuals to be tested for HIV on June 27, National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).  Walk-in testing is also provided during normal business hours at Nashville CARES at 633 Thompson Lane.  For more information, call our HEARTline at 1-800-845-4266.

 

About Nashville CARES:  Nashville CARES promotes and participates in a comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee. Our purpose is to educate the community for increased understanding and prevention of HIV transmission, to advocate for responsible public policy, and to provide services that improve the quality of life for people with HIV AIDS and their families.

 

Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to over 45,000 youth and adults, 16,000 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

 

Nashville CARES National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) Event Calendar:

 

  • June 18th and 19th:  HIV Testing and Counseling training at Nashville CARES.  Contact Mary Hawkins for more information atmhawkins@nashvillecares.org or by phone at 615-259-4866.
  • Friday, June 21st:
    • Nashville CARES hosts “CARES Wellness Fair” for clients.  1 pm – 6 pm, clients only. Please contact Sara Welch at swelch@nashvillecares.org for more information or questions.
    • The Brothers United and Young Brothers United (YBU) Programs at Nashville CARES along with the men of The Academia Society will be hosting a late night gathering and social event at CARES to promote HIV testing and educate the community on LGBT hate crimes and other violence.  11 pm – 1 am.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, contact Dwayne Jenkins atdjenkins@nashvillecares.org or call 615-921-0269.
    • Safety First (SF).  Safety First provides HIV/AIDS integrated programs that are founded on the principals of proven 12-Step recovery programs while taking into account that each individual is unique and will have unique needs and circumstances to address. HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  Contact Trish Petty for questions at ppetty@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.

 

  • Saturday, June, 22nd:
    • Each month the Brothers United and YBU Programs at Nashville CARES and the MeHarry Youth Health & Wellness Center partner to do free HIV testing and blood pressure readings at VIBE Entertainment Complex at 1713 Church Street, 37203 from 11 pm – 1 am.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, contact Dwayne Jenkins at djenkins@nashvillecares.org or call 615 921-0269.

 

  • The nFORM program at Nashville CARES will be providing free and confidential HIV testing at Stirrup between 7 pm – Midnight.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, contact Johnny Sells at jsells@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.

 

  • Monday, June 24th: Samaritan Recovery Center and CARES Safety First partner to conduct ongoing HIV programs and HIV CTS to 3 of Samaritans recovery programs.  This partnership now includes staff training, increased group education and CTS opportunities, as well as, transitional living education and CTS that increase further understanding of HIV, Addictions and how they correlate to contracting and transmitting HIV and other STI’s.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  Contact Trish Petty for questions at ppetty@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.
  • Tuesday, June 25th: The nFORM program at Nashville CARES will be providing free and confidential HIV testing at CANVAS between 7 pm – 10 pm during Twisted Tuesdays.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, contact Johnny Sells atjsells@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.
  • Wednesday, June 26th:

 

  • The nFORM program at Nashville CARES will be providing free and confidential HIV testing at TRIBE between 6 pm – 9 pm and then moving directly next door for more testing at PLAY between 9 pm – Midnight.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, contact Johnny Sells at jsells@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.

 

  • Manications at the Downtown Presbyterian Church from 12 pm – 2 pm.  Free nail service and HIV CTS is provided to support HIV positive or high risk negative clients in making healthy and informed decisions.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  Contact JD Rosario atjdrosario@nashvillecares.org.

 

  • Samaritan Recovery Center and CARES Safety First partner to conduct ongoing HIV programs and HIV CTS to 3 of Samaritans recovery programs.  This partnership now includes staff training, increased group education and CTS opportunities, as well as, transitional living education and CTS that increase further understanding of HIV, Addictions and how they correlate to contracting and transmitting HIV and other STI’s.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  Contact Trish Petty for questions at ppetty@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.

 

  • Thursday, June 27th National HIV Testing Day:

 

  • The Young Brothers United & Brothers United Program will be providing free & confidential HIV testing at the Meharry Youth Health & Wellness Center located at 1704 Charlotte Ave, 37203 between the hours of Noon – 5 pm.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, contact Dwayne Jenkins at djenkins@nashvillecares.org or call 615 921-0269.
  • Nashville CARES and Trinity Episcopal Church in Clarksville will host a grand opening and open house in observance of NHTD.  Individuals can learn about “HIV 101,” free testing will be available in addition to counseling services and eligibility paperwork completion.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.   For more information, contact James Johnson at jjohnson@nashvillecares.org.
  • HIV testing from 3 pm – 7 pm at the Walgreens location at 1081 Murfreesboro Pike. HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, please contact Mary Hawkins at mhawkins@nashvillecares.org or by calling 615-259-4866.
    • Safety First (SF).  Safety First provides HIV/AIDS integrated programs that are founded on the principals of proven 12-Step recovery programs while taking into account that each individual is unique and will have unique needs and circumstances to address.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  Contact Trish Petty for questions at ppetty@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.
  • Friday, June 28th:

 

  • HIV testing at Walgreens from 3 pm – 7 pm at the Walgreens location at 1081 Murfreesboro Pike. HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, please contact Mary Hawkins at mhawkins@nashvillecares.org or by calling 615-259-4866.
  • The Brothers United & YBU Programs at Nashville CARES present; SIMBE Social # 25: Get Yo Swab On!  Music by DjB-ezzzy.  Admission is $5 or $2 after you get an HIV test.  11 pm – 3 am at Club CARES, 633 Thompson Lane, 37204.  Safe In My Brothas’ Embrace (SIMBE) is a nationally known outreach project that promotes HIV testing in none traditional environments where Black Gay Men gather.  The BU/YBU SIMBE Socials have been featured on BET and a recognized & respected brand/event since 2000.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, contact Dwayne Jenkins at djenkins@nashvillecares.org or call 615-921-0269.
  • Safety First (SF).  Safety First provides HIV/AIDS integrated programs that are founded on the principals of proven 12-Step recovery programs while taking into account that each individual is unique and will have unique needs and circumstances to address.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  Contact Trish Petty for questions at ppetty@nashvillecares.org or call  615-259-4866.

 

  • Friday, June 28th – Sunday, June 30th: The nFORM program at Nashville CARES will be hosting their first ever “Camping Queens” weekend gathering at Montgomery Bell State Park.  There will be group level education activities, free and confidential HIV testing and a chance for the program volunteers to plan additional outreach activities.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For registration cost and more information, contact Johnny Sells at jsells@nashvillecares.org or call 615-259-4866.
  • Saturday, June 29th:

 

  • All About Women’s Health Fair will take place at Connection Pointe Church from 8 am – 12:30 pm at 3016 Nolensville Pike.  HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  Contact JD Rosario at jdrosario@nashvillecares.org.
  • HIV testing from 9 am – 2 pm at the Walgreens location at 1081 Murfreesboro Pike. HIV Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) provided.  For more information, please contact Mary Hawkins at mhawkins@nashvillecares.org or by calling 615-259-4866.