Street Works, a non-profit organization providing education, prevention and care to those affected by HIV/AIDS and Hep C throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee, joined organizations across the country to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment; with free HIV testing from 10 AM – 7 PM on Thursday, June 27 in honor of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).
NHTD was first observed on June 27, 1995. On June 27,
This year’s theme, “Doing It My Way,” highlighted how and why people make testing part of their lives—on their terms and in their way. Doing It My Way encouraged individuals to share their personal testaments of why testing is important, what motivates them to get tested and stay healthy, and how they get tested—be it at home, at the clinic, or with the company of a friend or loved one; via social media with the hashtags #DoingItMyWay and #HaciéndoloAMiManera.
Since 1997, Street Works has provided free, confidential HIV testing and supportive services to persons living with HIV/AIDS. On average, the program exchanges more than 15,000 syringes monthly.