Need a COVID test for Pride? CARES has you covered!

Nashville CARES will be offering free, drive-thru, rapid antigen COVID-19 testing before the Nashville Pride Festival on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at their 633 Thompson Lane location in Nashville. HIV tests will also be available. 


This year, the Nashville Pride Festival requires proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination which means receiving the final recommended dose 14 days before the festival; or proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours (3 days) before Saturday, September 18th.  Individuals testing for COVID-19 with Nashville CARES will receive their negative test results by email before Saturday, September 18th.  Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 will be immediately notified as results become available. 

HIV screenings are rapid testing platforms with results available in less than three minutes.

Drive-thru testing will start at 9:00 AM and will end promptly at 7:00 PM.  Please note:

  • All services are free of charge.
  • All testing and results are confidential, following HIPAA guidelines.
  • Anyone testing positive for HIV will be referred to Nashville CARES My House Clinic for Rapid ART within 24 hours of diagnosis.  Rapid ART is designed to initiate ART (antiretroviral therapy) as close to the time of diagnosis as possible.
  • Condoms, lube, and PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) referrals are available upon request.
  • All CDC recommended practices and safety precautions will be observed during COVID-19/HIV testing.  Participants will be asked to wear a mask before and after the test process.

To reserve a COVID-19 test, contact Lisa Binkley, Associate Director of Prevention, at (615) 761-4474 to schedule a test time.  COVID-19 tests are available while supplies last.

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Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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