NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – On World AIDS Day, a country music artist is using his platform to raise awareness about the virus.
Doctors diagnosed David-Michael Hawkins with HIV about eight years ago.
The openly gay and HIV-positive singer is set to release his very first single “He’s Got You” this weekend, with 50% of all profits split between AID Upstate and Nashville cares.
By sharing her story, Hawkins hopes it will encourage others not to let their diagnosis define them.
“I told my story to reduce stigma, to encourage others to see someone live a successful life and not just survive but thrive,” Hawkins said. “I hope to be an inspiration to the community.”
Hawkins’ music will be available through all major streaming services and direct through his personal website.
Nashville CARES organizers said 3,400 people are living with HIV in Middle Tennessee.
The organization works closely with people living with HIV and AIDS on education, therapy, testing and support services.
“One in seven people living with HIV don’t know it and this worries us because it shows that the stigma continues,” said development director Ken Hinman. “And black and brown communities are disproportionately affected.”
NASHVILLE cares recently opened its “My Home Clinic.“
It is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” providing people with testing, medical and support services.
They accept appointments at 442 Metroplex Drive, Building D, Upper Suite 200 in Nashville.