The National Institutes of Health has given the green light to fund additional AIDS research in Middle Tennessee. The grant money was given to Vanderbilt University and totals $1.4 million. The goal is to develop a vaccine to prevent the virus that causes AIDS.
According to the latest statistics in Tennessee, about 900 people are diagnosed with HIV each year. That of course leads to AIDS. During that same year of study (2012), a total of 19,083 were said to be living with HIV in the Volunteer State. 115 people died from HIV during the recent study year of 2012.
How did those with HIV receive the virus in TN (Health Dept. Information):
Of those living with HIV in Tennessee, most victims are male who participated in male to male sex, according to actual health department statistics. Heterosexual intercourse was number two on the list followed by an "Unknown" listing and then 4th was injection drug use.
Help is Available:
Free HIV testing is available at the Rutherford County Department of Health in Murfreesboro and Smyrna.