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Letter from Shannon Stephenson, CEO

As the year comes to a close and a new year is about to begin, I would like to reflect on the accomplishments of 2017.

In 2017 with the expansion of our mission, Chattanooga CARES began providing services to those affected by Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infections. This development included offering PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a once-a-day pill that prevents the spread of HIV. The agency also began providing treatment to those infected with Hepatitis C.

The Chattanooga CARES’s Community Outreach team continues to surpass goals—conducting over 6,000 rapid HIV tests, 550 rapid Hepatitis C tests, and 2,500 STI tests, all free of charge. The Chattanooga Primary Care Clinic, which provides primary and infectious disease care, served over 750 patients in 2017. The Clinic recently reached a milestone of over 90% viral load suppression. This translates to 90% of those in treatment are undetectable and untransmittable. The Support Services team of Chattanooga CARES assisted over 500 clients with needs for daily living to include food, transportation, and housing.

Chattanooga CARES continues to set ambitious goals and higher targets. As we head in to 2018 we want to build upon this sustained momentum. This means we need to earn your support, and that of your friends, and your friends’ friends. Your tax-deductible donation today helps Chattanooga CARES continue to meet our goals.

 

Graciously,

 

Shannon Stephenson

CEO