HIV Prevention in Local Communities
Each year, the Tennessee Department of Health HIV Prevention Program allocates funding for evidence-based HIV prevention programs to each of five HIV program planning regions throughout the state. These programs include condom distribution, PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis] navigation, HIV prevention services for people living with HIV (including rapid linkage to care and supportive services), Partner Services for the partners of people living with HIV, and services for people at elevated risk for HIV.
Funding allocations are based on priorities identified in Tennessee’s Integrated HIV Care and Prevention Strategic Plan. In Tennessee, community-based organizations, regional health departments, and metropolitan health departments are funded to implement a wide-range of evidence-based HIV prevention programs.
Condom Distribution in Health Departments
Regional and metro health departments all over Tennessee provide condoms to members of their local communities through the Condom Distribution program. Click here for a list of regional health departments.
Condom Distribution at Community-Based Organizations
A network of community-based organizations provide condoms to their clients and community locations through the Condom Distribution program. Condoms are regularly distributed to local bars, clubs, LGBTQ+ organizations, community health centers, barbershops, beauty shops, tattoo parlors, homeless service organizations, and many other locations across each region through the following organizations:
- Cempa Community Care (Chattanooga): Read about their community outreach services, including condom distribution, here. For more information about condom distribution, contact Scott Guinn, Prevention Specialist.
- Choice Health Network (Chattanooga): CHN supports condom distribution in the Southeast/Chattanooga region. For more information, contact Jesse Hulse.
- Children and Family Services (Jackson): CFS supports condom distribution in West Tennessee. For more information about this program, contact Kelsey Rivers.
- Meae Wellness (Clarksville-Montgomery County): Meae Wellness supports condom distribution in the Clarksville area through their ImpactHIV program. Click here to learn more or complete this info request. Jonathan Miller is the main contact for this program.
- Nashville CARES (Nashville): Nashville CARES distributes condoms in the Middle Tennessee region. For more information, contact Dwayne Jenkins.
- Planned Parenthood Tennessee and North Mississippi (Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville): PPTNM runs Free Condoms Tennessee, a condom distribution program with a website people can use to find free condoms locations near them in the Middle Tennessee, East Tennessee, and Southwest Tennessee/Memphis areas. Click here to visit the Free Condoms Tennessee website.
- Street Works (Nashville): Street Works distributes condoms in the Middle Tennessee region. Contact Robert Crawford for more information.
If your organization or business would like to receive free condoms to distribute to your clients or customers, please reach out to a Condom Distribution program in your region from the list above, or contact Katherine Buchman for more information.
Get PrEP TN
PrEP is a daily medication that is highly effective at preventing HIV when taken correctly. To support Tennesseans in accessing this HIV prevention method, Get PrEP TN is an online source of local information about what PrEP is and where resources exist to help people access it.
Click here to visit Get PrEP TN.
PrEP Providers Directory in TN
The Tennessee Department of Health keeps a list of health care providers who prescribe PrEP. This list can be found on the interactive map at Get PrEP TN.
PrEP Navigators in TN
PrEP navigators are health care specialists who can help people interested in PrEP learn more about the medication, find a medical provider, locate a pharmacy, apply for financial assistance, and incorporate the daily regimen into their lives. PrEP navigators can work with clients in person or using phone, text or other virtual meeting spaces, regardless of where the client lives in Tennessee.
An up-to-date list of PrEP navigators can also be found on the interactive map at Get PrEP TN.
HIV Prevention Services for People Living with HIV
HIV Prevention for People Living with HIV (PLWH) includes services for newly-diagnosed individuals (ARTAS) and social support for PLWH (Healthy Relationships).
Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services, or ARTAS, helps people who are newly-diagnosed with HIV navigate the system of care. This support includes connecting the individual to affordable HIV treatment, supportive services, and social support.
Click here to learn more about ARTAS.
Community-based organizations in Tennessee running ARTAS:
Healthy Relationships is a program that welcomes PLWH into small groups of their peers to discuss, troubleshoot, and support one another in practicing disclosing their HIV status to family, friends, and sexual partners in the larger process of building healthier personal relationships.
Click here to learn more about Healthy Relationships.
Community-based organizations in Tennessee running Healthy Relationships:
- Nashville CARES (Nashville): Nashville CARES provides comprehensive services for people living with HIV. Click here to learn more.
Partner Services for Partners of People Living with HIV
Partner Services includes a wide range of medical, prevention, and psychosocial services for the partners of people who are living with HIV. In Tennessee, Partner Services is conducted by Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), supervisors, and managers assigned to county and metro health departments.
This team of staff ensures that people who are at elevated risk for HIV through connection with a person living with HIV receive access to:
- confidential counseling and testing
- a trained specialist to support their linkage to HIV treatment
- the eligibility assessment for Ryan White services
- partner referral services, including partner notification and testing
- public health education and patient counseling services
Partner Services are conducted at all regional and metro health departments in Tennessee.
HIV Prevention Services for People at Elevated Risk for HIV
HIV prevention for people at elevated risk for HIV includes programs that provide health education, peer support, and connection to community resources.
The MPowerment Project is an evidence-based model designed to specifically address the needs of young gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving men of color as they navigate social networks. The project includes opportunities for young men of color to meet peers in healthy settings, engage in health education, and plan community activism around HIV prevention.
Click here to learn more about MPowerment.
Community-based organizations in Tennessee running MPowerment:
- Nashville CARES (Nashville): Nashville CARES provides comprehensive services for people working to prevent HIV infection for themselves and their loved ones. Click here to learn more. Nashville CARES works in collaboration with Street Works and Neighborhood Health to run My House, a drop-in center for same-gender loving men of color and gay and bisexual men.
- Friends for Life (Memphis): Friends for Life conducts a wide range of HIV prevention activities, including MPowerment. Click here to learn more. FFL Memphis runs The Haven, a drop-in center whose mission is to promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of men of color, with a focus on gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving men.
Many Men, Many Voices, or 3MV, is a retreat-style health education and peer support experience for gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving men of color with a focus on HIV prevention and sexual health.
Click here to learn more about 3MV.
Community-based organizations in Tennessee running 3MV:
- Street Works (Nashville): Nashville CARES provides education, prevention, and care to people affected by HIV/AIDS in Nashville. Click here to learn more. Street Works works in collaboration with Nashville CARES and Neighborhood Health to run My House, a drop-in center for same-gender loving men of color and gay and bisexual men.
Trans Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS, or TWISTA, is a peer-led, social skills-building project that welcomes groups of transgender women of color to learn about, discuss, and take action on issues related to HIV, sexual health, and empowerment.
Community-based organizations in Tennessee running TWISTA:
Partnership to End AIDS Status (Memphis): PEAS is a women of color-led organization working to end HIV and other health disparities for women of color in Memphis, with a focus on LGBTQ and transgender women of color. Click here to learn more about prevention services at PEAS.
Sin Buscar Excusas is an event-based program that brings together groups of gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving men of Latinx descent for the purposes of learning about, discussing, and taking action to prevent HIV and promote sexual health.
Click here to learn more about Sin Buscar Excusas.
Community-based organizations in Tennessee running Sin Buscar Excusas:
OUTMemphis (Memphis): OUTMemphis is an LGBTQ community center and social services organization. Click here to learn more about sexual health services at OUTMemphis.
Page updated March, 2022.