Christ Community Health Services receives funding for HIV services through the Ryan White Part A Program and has been designated by the Tennessee Department of Health as a Center of Excellence for HIV/AIDS Care since 2008.
This includes outpatient/ambulatory services, oral health services, behavioral health services, medical case management, pharmaceutical assistance, food assistance and medical transportation. We offer HIV medical care, case management, and support services at seven of our primary care centers. Our Women's Health Center also offers prenatal/obstetric care to women infected with HIV. Selected sites have recently begun to offer Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection.
One of our goals is to combat HIV-related stigma within our communities by partnering with local churches for HIV education and linkage to care.
Shelby County statistics
•Shelby County has high rates of people living with HIV and new HIV infections every year compared with the rest of the country
•We are in the top ten of counties in the country for new HIV infections
•Stigma, systemic racism, lack of education around sexual health, and poor access to care contribute to these statistics
What exactly is HIV?
•HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection.
•Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).