Tennessee: State Encourages HIV Tests Today
March 12, 2010
The Tennessee Department of Health marked Wednesday's National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by stressing the importance of HIV testing. "By knowing their status, women can take steps to protect themselves from HIV, to receive treatment, or prevent passing it on to others, including their children," said Dr. Veronica Gunn, the department's chief medical officer. The agency reported that black women accounted for 75 percent of the 285 HIV diagnoses in females in 2008, when a total of 1,071 new HIV cases were logged in Tennessee. For information on HIV testing in county health departments, visit health.state.tn.us/localdepartments.htm, or www.HIVtest.org. Cell phone users can text their ZIP code to 566948 ("KNOWIT") to learn the location of the nearest testing site.
The Tennessean (Nashville)
03.10.2010; Christina E. Sanchez