Community News

2015 Comprehensive Needs Assessment Released

The Memphis Ryan White Program is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Comprehensive Needs Assessment.  Results from this needs assessment will be used to set priorities and allocate funds for services to support PLWH. The data will also be used to develop a regional comprehensive plan to address HIV care and prevention in the Memphis Transitional Grant Area (TGA).

The full document can be downloaded here.

Registration for 2015 Midsouth HIV Conference

The 2015 Midsouth HIV Conference will take place in Memphis, TN on November 16 and 17, 2015. The conference will be held on the University of Memphis campus at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center. The theme of the conference is Better Together: Getting to Zero in the Midsouth. “The conference planning committee is designing the conference to serve as an opportunity for individuals representing a cross-section of our community, all united in their dedication to get to zero in the Midsouth, to network and lay the foundation for new partnerships,” Jennifer Pepper, Administrator of the Memphis Ryan White Program, “This year’s conference will offer interactive learning opportunities for people living with HIV, providers of HIV testing, prevention, and care, as well as other community stakeholders in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.”


April 10 is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV, and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. An AIDS-free generation is not possible without the support, education and treatment of our nation’s youth. April 10 is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. Click here to find out where you can get tested.

March 10 is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. About 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States are women 13 or older. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only 4 in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment. Knowing your status is the best way to fight HIV. Click here to find out where you can get tested. It’s free.

World AIDS Sunday 2014 Events


While communities around the globe gather to observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 7, organizations and faith and civic leaders in Memphis are hosting events across the city to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and take action in the Mid-South. Community members, especially those who know someone affected by HIV/AIDS or who are advocates for an AIDS-free generation, are invited to the following events including testing events through December.

World AIDS Sunday is this Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Mid-South. Faith leaders will help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and promote the resources available for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Participating churches include Saint Andrew A.M.E. Church, Christ Missionary Baptist Church and Holy Trinity Community Church.

If you or your faith group would like to receive materials for World AIDS Sunday, visit our website and fill out a materials request form, or download the World AIDS Sunday toolkit here.

Please see below for more information about events leading up to World AIDS Sunday, as well as testing events that will last through December.


Christ Community Health Services will be observing World AIDS Day the entire month of December.  On December 1, clinic staff will be wearing red ribbons and providing patient education on HIV/AIDs.  Starting Monday, December 8, all CCHS clinics will be offering FREE HIV Oral Swab testing.  To find a CCHS clinic near you visit or call 901-260-8500.


The Shelby County Health Department and Shelby County Unified School District will host their annual World AIDS Day Program on Monday, Dec. 1st from 12:30 to 1:30p.m. in the Wooddale High School Auditorium, 5151 Scottsdale Avenue. The event will include an awards ceremony recognizing the recipients of the “Light of Hope Award”, presented to a business, individual and organization that have consistently exhibited a strong desire to assist and/or support HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention efforts in Shelby County.

For more information about planned World AIDS Day activities, call the Shelby County Health Department’s Infectious Disease Section at (901) 222-9428, Monday through Friday during normal business hours.


Le Bonheur Community HIV Network will offer free HIV testing between 10:00am and 2:00pm at the following location:

Hollywood Community Center

1560 North Hollywood Street

Memphis, TN 38108 


Memphis Health Center will offer free HIV screening from 8:30am to 6:00pm along with an HIV education session at 10:00am in the main conference room.

Memphis Health Center

360 E E.H.Crump Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38126



In recognition of World AIDS Day, free, confidential HIV counseling and rapid testing will be available in December at the following locations between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily (preliminary results provided in one hour):

Packer Clinic Cawthon                                                                     Cawthon Public Health Clinic

814 Jefferson Ave., Room 221                                                           1000 Haynes Street

Memphis, TN 38105                                                                           Memphis, TN 38114

(901) 222-9343                                                                                    (901) 222-9866


Friends For Life will offer free HIV testing on Tuesday, December 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Tillman Police Station hosted by Representative GA Hardaway.

Tillman Police Station

426 Tillman St.

Memphis, TN 38112

(901) 636-6000

Friends For Life will conduct free confidential HIV testing on Monday, December 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at LeMoyne-Owen College.

LeMoyne-Owen College

Alma Hanson Student Center

807 Walker Avenue

Memphis, TN 38126