Story submitted by Nashville CARES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville CARES and Trinity Episcopal Church will observe National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2013 with a Grand Opening and Open House at their Clarksville location. 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. Montgomery County has the third highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the region, after Davidson and Rutherford counties.
Trinity Episcopal Church has opened its doors to Nashville CARES and the fight against HIV/AIDS. On National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), Thursday, June 27, Nashville CARES and Trinity Episcopal Church will offer HIV 101, HIV testing, counseling and eligibility paperwork completion for clients. Light refreshments will also be offered.
“Nashville CARES is delighted to inaugurate this partnership with Trinity Episcopal to better serve the Clarksville and Montgomery County community, said CARES CEO Joseph Interrante. “Given what we know about the benefits of early diagnosis–both for treating HIV disease and for preventing new infections–NHTD activities are an especially important way to begin our collaboration.”
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.
About Trinity Episcopal Church: Trinity Episcopal Church is located in the downtown historic district of Clarksville. It was founded in 1832 and has a strong community as well as denominational identity. For more information, visit http://www.trinityparish.com.
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 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.