December 1 – World AIDS Day

How is the world affected?

35 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS.

3.2 million children worldwide are living with HIV. Most of these children were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.

How is the United States affected?


Should Memphis be concerned?

Shelby County accounts for more than 40 percent of all HIV infections in Tennessee.

In 2013, there were 332 new HIV disease casesĀ in Shelby County.

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*Subpopulations representing 2% or less are not reflected in this chart. Abbreviations: MSM, men who have sex with men; IDU, injection drug user.

How Can I Reduce my Risk of Getting HIV?

  • Get tested and know your partner’s HIV status
  • Have less risky sex
  • Use condoms
  • Limit your number of sexual partners
  • Talk to your health care provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • Don’t inject drugs

Where can we get tested in Memphis?

Housing Assistance Locations

Meritan, Inc.
4700 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117

Urban Family Ministries
2174 Lamar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38114

Case Management Inc.
1087 Alice Avenue
Memphis, TN 38106

Ryan White HIV Care Centers

Christ Community Health Services
2569 Douglass Ave
Memphis, TN 38114

Christ Community Health Services
2861 Broad Ave
Memphis, TN 38112

Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being
2400 Poplar Ave Ste 50
Memphis, TN 38112

Goals for the United States National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Reduce new HIV infections

  • Lower the annual number of new infections by 25%
  • Reduce HIV transmission by 30%
  • Increase the percentage of people living with HIV who know their serostatus from 79% to 90%

Increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV

  • Increase the proportion of newly diagnosed patients linked to clinical care from 65% to 85%
  • Increase the proportion of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients who are in continuous care from 73% to 80%
  • Increase the number of Ryan White clients with permanent housing from 82% to 86%

Reduce HIV-related health disparities

  • Improve access to prevention and care services for all Americans
  • Increase the proportion of HIV-diagnosed gay and bisexual men with undetectable viral load by 20%
  • Increase the proportion of HIV-diagnosed Blacks with undetectable viral load by 20%
  • Increase the proportion of HIV-diagnosed Latinos with undetectable viral load by 20%

[Sources:, Shelby County Health Department,]

Author: Lisa Wang