HIV Testing Program Focuses on Nashville, Tenn., Jail
June 30, 2014
This article was reported by Tennessean.
The Tennessean reported that in conjunction with World HIV Testing Day on June 27, Tennessee's Davidson County Jail screened approximately 900 inmates for HIV. The correctional facility held the testing event on June 28 as part of health nonprofit Nashville CARES's Linkage-2-Care program, a three-part initiative that includes testing, educating, and advocating for HIV-positive inmates. Nashville CARES stated that the event was the largest single-day testing event at a correctional facility. According to Lisa Binkley, lead corrections navigator coordinator with Nashville CARES, the inmates are "a marginalized population" that does not have a lot of control over their healthcare. Testing them for HIV now could help them keep the disease manageable with medication. Aside from testing, the Linkage-2-Care program provides education on how to stay safe within the jails and prison facilities and outside when released. For those identified as HIV-positive, the program links individuals leaving correctional facilities with medical care and other needed services.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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