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Let's Talk HIV: the Alarming Rise of HIV in Shelby County
General Wellness

Let's Talk HIV: the Alarming Rise of HIV in Shelby County

By Your Health Staff
Posted: June 26, 2024

Shelby County is in the midst of an HIV crisis, with alarming rates that surpass national averages. As we observe National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, we are reminded that the fight against HIV requires collective action, awareness, and support. It's time for our community to come together to combat this epidemic, ensure access to testing and treatment, and promote a healthier future for all.

HIV Testing Day - June 27th

On June 27th, we observe National HIV Testing Day, a crucial reminder to get tested, know our status, and take control of our health. Knowing your status is crucial for your health and the health of those around you. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve the quality of life and prevent transmission to others. This day matters because it raises awareness about the importance of testing, reduces stigma around HIV, and promotes a community-wide effort to combat the epidemic.

What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a serious public health concern that affects millions worldwide. HIV attacks the body's immune system, making it harder to fight off infections and diseases. If left untreated, HIV can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). However, with proper treatment and care, individuals living with HIV can lead long and healthy lives.

The Reality of HIV in Shelby County

Shelby County has been disproportionately affected by HIV, with a 36% increase in rates since 2018 and a 40% increase among 15-19-year-olds from 2018 to 2023. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Shelby County has the highest rate of new HIV cases in the country.

It is essential for our community to come together to promote awareness, testing, and support. Local testing locations include Friends for All, Choices, Shelby County Health Department locations, and more. Let's work together to create a healthier, more informed community in Shelby County.

HIV Statistics in Shelby County Graphic

Get Tested, Get Empowered

Knowing your HIV status is crucial for your health and the health of those around you. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent transmission to others.

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HIV Treatment and Support in Shelby County

If you test positive for HIV, know that it's not a death sentence. With proper treatment and care, individuals living with HIV can lead long and healthy lives. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a treatment that must be prescribed by a healthcare provider and works by preventing the virus from replicating in the body. There are several options for HIV treatment, including pills and injections.

While an HIV diagnosis may come with challenges, it's important to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources available to support you, including healthcare providers, support groups, and community organizations. With the right treatment and support, individuals living with HIV can achieve viral suppression, which means the virus is under control and unable to be transmitted to others.

Remember, an HIV diagnosis is not a definition of your worth or identity. You are still the same person with the same strengths, talents, and abilities. With the right support and treatment, you can continue to live a fulfilling life and achieve your goals.

Unite to Combat HIV in Shelby County

Let's work together to create a healthier, more informed community in Shelby County. Get tested, know your status, and let's talk HIV! Share this blog post with your network, and let's promote awareness and support for those affected by HIV. Together, we can create a world where individuals living with HIV can thrive and live fulfilling lives.

Here are just a few practical steps you can take on June 27th and any day to help prevent HIV and better our community:

  • Get tested on June 27th
  • Share your knowledge with friends and family
  • Support organizations providing HIV resources and care
  • Encourage others to get tested


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