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Nashville CARES Takes Action and Acknowledges National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville CARES is joining the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th.

 

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is designed to raise awareness about the continuing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. On this, the eighth annual observance, OWH encourages individuals and communities to embrace the theme “Share Knowledge. Take Action.”

 

There have been over 7,600 HIV/AIDS cases reported since 1982 (through 2011) in Greater Nashville.  Currently, there are over 5,200 individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Nashville; these are reported cases, the actual number may be 20% higher (6,240).  Women account for 18% of new HIV cases in Greater Nashville with 54% reported among African American women.   Nashville CARES offers support; encourages discussion and teaches women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested, and, if positive for HIV, how to live with and manage the disease.

 

Nashville CARES’ Sista2Sista program provides all women with reliable, accurate, and culturally relevant information regarding the unique aspects of women’s sexual health, especially regarding HIV prevention.  Women can access an array of prevention intervention information and services in female safe spaces and learn how, where, when, and why prevention intervention is necessary.

 

Nashville CARES also offers specifically designed programs for young women through its Survivor Club.  Survivor Club is a peer based adolescent HIV prevention education program.  High school students are trained and certified annually to provide education to their friends, families and cohorts at their school and surrounding community.  For more information, contact Misty Ellis at (615) 259-4866 ext. 223.

 

Sista2Sista  and Survivor Club conduct activities for women and girls that mobilize, empower, give access to information, materials and services to prevent new infections, build skills for lifelong healthy relationships and afford support for those who test HIV positive.

 

For more information on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and how you can support it, visit womenshealth.gov/nwghaad. To find county and state data about HIV/AIDS, please visit womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata.

 

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.

 

Contact Nashville CARES for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL HIV Test.  Tests are blood-less, needle-less and offer results in as little as 20 minutes!  To learn more, contact Nashville CARES at (615) 259-4866 or visit www.nashvillecares.org.