The deputy president says young people living with HIV shouldn't carry the weight of their challenges alone. We talked to a woman living with HIV.
HIV is spread by the sharing of needles in addition to unprotected sex.
The new World Health Organization guidelines require that at least 90 per cent of the population should know their HIV status, 90 per cent of those known to be infected should be on antiretroviral medication and 90 per cent of those on medication should be virally suppressed. "Our goal is for people to live long enough to stop substance use and not contract HIV or other serious infections while injecting-SSPs can help people accomplish both".
One of the organizers, the Rev. Charles H. Coleman, of New Faith Temple COGIC, also asked residents in attendance to embrace those inflicted with the disease and to educate themselves about AIDS and HIV.
"There are over 18 million people now in treatment who no longer have a death sentence", Lewis said.
Only about half of the world's 36.7 million HIV-AIDS patients receive treatment with life-saving anti-retroviral medications.
87 % of those who are HIV Positive know it. More than 700 Tennesseans were infected just past year, putting the state 18th in the nation for new infections.
So to prove how simple it can be, these nurses took their own HIV tests in front of Yvonne Thomas.
"Being silent and not talking about the illness and not getting educated only compounds the problem", said Mincey.
He said that over the last decade, there has been a consistent decrease in the prevalence rate from a high of 14 per cent to 8 per cent. The number of HIV diagnoses among Hispanic injection drug users fell almost 50 percent from 2008 to 2014, the report found.
Until recently, HIV cases in injection drug users had been falling for all racial groups.
The percentage of white injection drug users who said they shared syringes was 45 percent in 2005 and 43 percent in 2015.