Zero (2) Zero Focuses on HIV, Community Policing
Photos: Stephen Bloodworth
Street Works hosted its ZERO (2) ZERO Community Block Party at 1709 Church St. on August 27, featuring health screenings, food trucks, a school supply giveaway, live DJ, children’s fun area, and other vendors.
The goal of the event was to highlight new HIV scientific advancements that hold the promise of reducing HIV transmission to ZERO, while also celebrating the cooperation between police officers and the community in Nashville that has led to ZERO Police/Community incidents involving the shooting of unarmed men.
The CDC predicts that, given current trends persists, 1 in 2 African American Gay Men, 1 in 4 Latino Gay Men, and 1 in 11 White Gay Men will become HIV positive. Women of African American descent are also disproportionately affected by the virus, and have seen spikes in infections. However, scientific advancements have shown that treatment, as well as education/prevention efforts can help us prevent new infections. The CDC predicts that increased regular HIV testing in combination with biomedical advancements could reduce HIV transmission to ZERO in the near future..
While educating the community about HIV, Street Works has also drawn attention to the public health epidemic in the U.S.—pathological police/community relations. Street Works hopes to keep this sort of tragedy from affecting Nashville by facilitating healthy relationships and dialogue between the community and local law enforcement.