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HIV

VA is the largest, single provider of HIV care in the United States. Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is committed to Ending the HIV Epidemic by offering a dynamic Infectious Disease program dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV.

The Basics

What is HIV?  
What is AIDS?
How is it spread?
What are the symptoms?  
Should I be tested?
How is HIV treated?
What is PrEP? 

HIV Prevention

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a one-pill, once-daily medication that reduces the chances of HIV infection by greater than 92 percent. It is offered to persons at risk of HIV infection and can be obtained at TVHS by contacting our Infectious Disease team directly by or talking to your primary care provider. Although PrEP effectively reduces the chance of getting HIV, PrEP does prevent 100 percent of HIV infections. PrEP will not stop the spread of other sexually transmitted disease. Always practice safe sex. Your primary care provider can prescribe condoms – just ask!

Diagnosis and Testing

HIV infection is spread by body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluid, blood, and breast milk. You can get HIV from sexual contact with someone who has HIV through sexual intercourse, oral sex, or by exposure to blood from sharing needles.

HIV can be easily and accurately diagnosed by a simple blood test. One out of eight Veterans do not know they have HIV. Everyone should be tested at least once in their lifetime! Those who have had multiple sexual partners or have used injectable drugs should be tested more frequently. Talk to your primary care provider about HIV testing. If preferred, you can contact our Infectious Disease team directly via email. Results will be communicated discretely, and all care can be provided through VA.

Additional Information

Contact Info

Location

  • Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 615-225-3600
  • 615-873-6976

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.