NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor Briley announced today that he has signed an executive order that will create the Ending the HIV Epidemic Advisory Council in Nashville.
This announcement comes one year after Briley appointed a taskforce to develop strategies that could help to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Music City.
The new council will be comprised of health care experts, as well as community leaders who will work to ensure that the plan is developed by the taskforce last year is executed.
“I believe we can end HIV in our city, and today marks the next important step in the work,” said Mayor Briley. “This advisory council will build on the plan we have put together, implementing solutions to prevent infections, reduce disparities and dramatically improve the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS and their families."
The Ending the Epidemic Plan contains initiatives and action steps that will help to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, along with reduce stigma, and improve care and support for those living with the virus. Prevention is also a focal point of the plan.
More than 4,000 residents of Davidson County are living with HIV. There are also many who have contracted the virus who are not aware of it.
If you want to be tested for HIV, you can learn more here.