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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Shelby County Health Department World AIDS Day Events

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – December 1, 2021 marks the 33rd Annual World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day serves to focus global attention on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The theme this year is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.”

Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) is collaborating with a number of community partners to continue to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, by providing testing, prevention, treatment and remembering those who have lost their lives to the illness.  

The Shelby County Health Department addresses the HIV epidemic in two ways:  

  1. Providing free, confidential HIV testing and prevention counseling to the general public; and
  2. Providing supportive health care for HIV positive persons who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources through the federal Ryan White Program. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many 1 in 7 people who have the virus that causes AIDS do not know it. That is why HIV testing is so important. The only way to know your HIV status is to be tested. Shelby County Health Department’s Sexual Health Clinic (814 Jefferson Ave, Room 102) is offering free, confidential HIV rapid testing and counseling November 29-December 1, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day on a walk-in basis. No appointment needed! Preliminary results are provided in about one hour.

The Shelby County Health Department’s Ryan White Program will host its annual World AIDS Day Program at FedEx Forum, 191 Beale Street, 38103 on December 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. 

This annual ceremony honors those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and those who are affected by and/or living with the illness.  The event will include a proclamation from Shelby County Mayor, Lee Harris and the Light of Hope Awards Ceremony to recognize a business, an individual and an organization who have consistently exhibited a strong desire to assist and/or support HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention efforts in Shelby County. 

For more information about other World AIDS Day activities, please call the SCHD Ryan White Program at (901) 222-9456 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

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