Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV is now available. The guidance, which was developed collectively by the HHS Antiretroviral and Opportunistic Infections Guidelines Panels, working groups of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, is intended for health care providers and persons living with HIV in the United States.
Please make sure that all people living with HIV/AIDS are aware of the interim guidance from Health and Human Services for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV. We do not have enough science to know exactly how COVID-19 will interact with HIV however, it is important that PLHIV and the agencies that support them are prepared.
The interim guidelines give recommendations for all PLHIV with specific recommendations for pregnant individuals with HIV and children with HIV. It also addresses healthcare workers and HIV clinicians. CLICK HERE to view interim guidance on COVID-19 and people living with HIV/AIDS.
If you think you are sick – CDC guide on what to do if you are sick
Find a COVID-19 testing site near me – TN Department of Health list of testing sites
How to protect yourself – CDC guide on how to prevent and protect
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and HIV – Resources and information on the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the intersection with the HIV pandemic
Pandemic Guidance A brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, the official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
Tennessee Department of Human Services Emergency Pandemic TANF – Emergency cash assistance program for those impacted by COVID-19. Emergency Pandemic TANF will utilize existing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. TDHS encourages Tennesseans in need to apply online when the application becomes available in order to encourage social distancing.
The Tennessee AIDS Education & Training Center (TN AETC)
The Tennessee AIDS Education & Training Center (TN AETC) is a program of the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (VCCC) in Nashville, TN – one of the largest comprehensive HIV clinics in the country. The TN AETC is part of the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (SE AETC) – an eight state consortium that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal’s Help desk provides information and resources relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and HIV status.
Positive Women’s Network – USA
PWN-USA is a national membership body of women living with HIV and our allies that exists to strengthen the strategic power of all women living with HIV in the United States. Founded in 2008 by 28 diverse women leaders living with HIV, PWN-USA develops a leadership pipeline and policy agenda that applies a gender lens to the domestic HIV epidemic grounded in social justice and human rights.
Transgender Law Center – Positively Trans
Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender-nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
Led by trans women of color living with HIV, Positively Trans addresses inequities, stigma, and discrimination nationally and in our local communities through community-driven research, leadership development, and storytelling.
Nashville CARES, Street Works, and Neighborhood Health is providing a one-stop-shop Health & Wellness Community Center for Same Gender Loving Men of Color and Gay/Bisexual Men. Support services include a drop-in & event space with free WiFI, evening programming, HIV & STI testing, prevention education, medical care, PrEP, volunteer opportunities, and other integrated activities.
Tennessee Justice Center
TJC works to ensure all Tennesseans have access to affordable health coverage.
Tennessee Equality Project
The Tennessee Equality Project advocates for the equal rights of LGBTQ people in Tennessee. They do this through legislative advocacy.
The Center for HIV Law & Policy
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and the creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources.
Sero is focused on ending inappropriate criminal prosecutions of PLHIV, including for non-disclosure of their HIV status, potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission and on building and supporting PLHIV networks.
AIDS United advocates on a national level for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them. TAAN is a member of the AIDS United Public Policy Council (PPC) that brings together organizations from across the United States to advocate for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS & the organizations that serve them. The Public Policy Council operates as a standing committee of the AIDS United Board of Trustees, informing the policy priorities of the organization.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- HIV/AIDS
As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC provides leadership in helping control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by working with community, state, national, and international partners in surveillance, research, and prevention and evaluation activities.
Southern AIDS Coalition
The Southern AIDS Coalition promotes accessible and high quality systems of HIV and STD prevention, care, treatment, and housing throughout the South through a unique partnership of government, community organizations, people living with HIV disease, and business entities.
Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP)
TAEP works to maximize access to comprehensive care and treatment for low-income people living with HIV or AIDS. TAEP’s health care access programs focus on both increasing the number of people receiving care and treatment, and on improving the quality of the health care received.
The P.A.I.G.E. (Project for the Advancement in Gays’ Efforts) is an agency consisting of person-centered programming to serve the often disenfranchised, less served, and often misrepresented minority youth and in the LGBTQIA community.
Get PREP – TN
GetPrEPTN is a campaign to raise awareness about Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an FDA-approved treatment for the prevention of HIV. PrEP is a powerful and innovative HIV prevention tool that can help more Tennessee residents live HIV-free.
Friends for Life – Memphis
For more than three decades, Friends For Life has been preventing the spread of HIV and helping those affected by HIV/AIDS live well. Our holistic, client-centered approach provides a variety of services coordinated through one centralized model. We strive to address the roots of need—including stigma and inequality—to improve health and wellness for everyone we serve. Our goal is to eliminate new transmissions of HIV in Memphis and the Mid-South and empower those living with HIV to become their healthiest, happiest selves.
Cempa Community Care
Cempa Community Care was organized in 1986 and received its nonprofit status in 1988. Our mission is to champion healthy communities through compassionate and responsive delivery of education, health, social, and advocacy related services. Our community outreach and education department works in collaboration with regional agencies to provide testing, education, and information to break down social stigmas and help prevent the spread of HIV in East Tennessee.