According to the survey taken in 2014 by Tennessee Department of Health and Metro Public Health Department of Nashville there are 5,218 people who are HIV positive. It has risen by a staggering 21% since 2010, and another 835 people are unaware of their HIV positive status.
With the financial help from Center of Disease Control, Nashville is closer to riding the community of AIDS.
Nashville CARES is a community based AIDS service organization providing education, advocacy, and supportive services to anyone affected by HIV and AIDS.
Recently Nashville CARES along with Street Works and Neighborhood Health (organizations similar to Nashville CARES), were awarded an $3.8 million grant by CDC for an LGBTQI community health services center called My House.
LGBTQI stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Inter-sex.
Patrick Hamilton, chief development officer at Nashville CARES, said that it was always a plan to make LGBTQI community health center.
The three organizations have jointly been planning this for the past 12 months.
The grant was on of the two grants awarded to Tennessee for strategic efforts to prevent HIV. The services will include prevention, testing and counseling and will be available to everyone.
The majority of the area’s HIV population consists of African-American men, who have sex with other men, this grant is especially for those people, stated Hamilton.
There will one representative nominated from each organization who will then work together to make use of this grant through the next five years.
Hamilton said that what made their grant application very strong was the fact that all three organizations were coming together to work on the Middle Tennessee community.
My House aims and goals will include; prevention of HIV through awareness, access to condoms and PrEP (a pill that prevents HIV infection). It will also be providing counseling and testing for HIV, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections.
The idea of MY House is that both insured and noninsured people will be treated.
The Tennessee Department of Health and the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County state that 40 to 50% HIV positive patients are not consistent with their medical care. 52.8% were indulging in unprotected homosexual activity, 18.1% unprotected heterosexual activity, 14.9% were listed under ‘other risks’ and 9.8% were intravenous drug users.
These surveys were taken in 2014.