As of 2017, there were 163 newly recorded cases of HIV in Sumner County in individuals aged 13 and over, with the largest number of new diagnoses being those aged 25-34 years. Overall, however, the rate of HIV transmissions has declined since 2013 by almost 10%, despite budget challenges in the county that have seen clinics close and resources become stretched thin. Males in particular are over-represented in new transmission rates in Sumner County, and the Department of Health strongly recommends STD testing to protect yourself and your partner.
As one of the healthiest counties in Tennessee, Sumner County is dedicated to reducing the transmission of HIV, and providing safe, confidential treatment for those affected.
The Sumner County Health Department Hendersonville Clinic is located centrally on New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville. The clinic provides a range of testing and services with the central aim of reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in Tennessee. It is recommended that you contact the clinic to discuss applicable costs and any eligibility requirements.
Additional Department of Health clinics are located in Gallatin (about 20 minutes drive) and Portland (approximately 35 minutes drive). All centers operate Monday to Friday and employ professional, sensitive staff.
None of the clinics currently offer free STD testing, and wait times can be lengthy at Department of Health clinics.
Another option may be the Lentz Public Health Center in Nashville, approximately 25 minutes drive from Hendersonville. The center offers HIV testing and treatment, and the service fee is based on family income. However, the distance from Hendersonville could be an obstacle for those without transport.