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June 21, 2013

TDH, Walgreens & Greater Than AIDS to partner for free HIV Testing

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) will participate in a cross-country observance of National HIV Testing Day, June 27. TDH will be part of a coalition of nationwide health providers and partners on that Thursday.

As part of this effort to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV, TDH is teaming up with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to provide free HIV testing at Walgreens stores across Tennessee June 27-29. TDH encourages all sexually active Tennesseans, regardless of age, to get tested for HIV.

“We urge all Tennesseans who are sexually active to take responsibility for their health and the health of their partners by knowing their HIV status and making HIV testing a standard part of their health routine. “This knowledge is crucial to slowing the epidemic of HIV and AIDS in our state, our nation and the world,”  said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Free HIV testing will be provided June 27-29 at the following Tennessee Walgreens locations in partnership with local community-based organizations:

Street Address


3605 Brainerd Road


1202 S, James Campbell Blvd., #24


214 Broad Street


1420 W. Stone Drive


4001 Chapman Highway


2400 N. Broadway Street


627 Gallatin Pike S.


1359 Poplar Avenue


4155 S. Third Street


3360 N. Watkins Street


1081 Murfreesboro Pike


5600 Charlotte Pike


2611 Franklin Pike


“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly a quarter of a million Americans are now living with HIV but don’t know it. “Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives and reduces the spread of HIV. With increased accessibility through this program and others like it, we will continue to reduce the impact of HIV on the people of Tennessee and the U.S.,” said Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH, medical director of the state’s HIV/AIDS/STD section.

NHTD-Everyone Get Tested_PosterTennessee Department of Health statistics show the urgent need for increased efforts to prevent HIV, with cases reported in every county in Tennessee. On average, more than two individuals are diagnosed with HIV every day in Tennessee. In 2011, there were 877 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Tennessee. Since 1992, more than 24,000 Tennesseans have been diagnosed with HIV disease. Of that number, more than 17,000 Tennesseans are currently living with a diagnosis of HIV.

Anyone can obtain free, confidential HIV testing at Tennessee’s local county health departments. Health department clinics across the state also offer counseling with a trained health care provider on ways to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. A list of local county health departments is available online at

Information on other sites that offer HIV testing can be found online at Mobile phone users can send a text message with their ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948) and within seconds will receive a reply via text message identifying nearby testing sites.

Questions about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases can also be answered by calling the Tennessee HIV/STD Hotline at 1-800-525-2437.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. For more information about TDH services and programs, visit

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