Today Marks World AIDS Day

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced today, World AIDS Day, that for the fourth consecutive year Michigan is experiencing significant increases in HIV among teenagers. This is a trend that is occurring nationally as well.

The rate of new diagnoses among 13-19 year olds in Michigan more than doubled between 2003 and 2007. Of the 13 to 19 year olds diagnosed with HIV/AIDS between 2003 and 2007, 85% were and almost 62% were African American males having sex with males. African Americans make up 14% of Michigan’s population, but accounted for 60% of all cases of HIV/AIDS diagnosed in 2007 with a rate more than 10 times higher than that among whites.

This data highlights the importance of prevention efforts through health education/risk reduction, early diagnosis, and proper treatment for those found to be infected.

Several Michigan Community Health Centers—such as Detroit Community Health Connection in Metropolitan Detroit, St. Mary’s Health Care Community Health Centers in Grand Rapids, Covenant Community Care in Detroit, and Health Delivery, Inc. in Saginaw—receive Ryan White CARE Action Title III Early Intervention Services program funding to provide a comprehensive continuum of outpatient HIV primary care services. These services include HIV screening, counseling, and testing; medical evaluation and clinical care; other primary care services; and referrals to other health services.

Click here for a list of World AIDS Day events and activities taking place across Michigan. For more information on HIV/AIDS in Michigan, visit the Michigan Department of Community Health web site at http://www.michigan.gov/hivstd.

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