Institute for Population Health
Detroit – June 27, 2014, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection among African Americans in Detroit is rising at an alarming rate. A disproportionate 64% of Black men who have sex with men (MSM) who are HIV positive are between the ages of 18 – 25 and represent the population with the highest prevalence. Additionally, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health, Black women account for the majority of new HIV diagnose among women in Michigan.
To proactively address HIV and AIDS related issues in the Motor City, the Institute for Population Health (IPH), in conjunction with Professional Medical Centers, Gilead Sciences and the Michigan Chronicle, is hosting a free HIV testing fair on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 10 am
to 3:30 pm. The event falls on National Testing Day and will take place at the Institute for Population Health, 5400 E. Seven Mile Road on the city’s eastside.
“The majority of known cases of HIV infection in Michigan are in the city of Detroit,” said Loretta
V. Davis, MSA, President and CEO of the IPH. “National HIV Testing Day is a wonderful
opportunity for residents of and visitors to Detroit to become aware of their status and to
participate in preventing new infections.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans
accounted for an estimated 44% of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents,
despite representing only 12% of the population. Additionally, the rate of new HIV infection in
African Americans is eight times that of whites based on population size, and Black gay,
bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represents an estimated 72% of new
infections among all African American men.
In addition to offering HIV screening services, the testing fair will screen for other sexually
transmitted infections (STIs) including syphilis, another rising health concern in Detroit. The
testing fair will also offer screening for high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and several
other health conditions. Test results will be provided confidentially on the spot to respective
individuals, and counselors will be available to discuss results and subsequent treatment
options, if necessary.
“HIV counseling, testing and referral is not only the gateway to prevention but also the first step
to treatment and living healthy with HIV infection” adds Davis. “The expansion of Medicaid
eligibility made possible through the Healthy Michigan Plan will increase access to care and
treatment for people living with HIV infection.”
For more information about the free National HIV Testing Day event in Detroit on June 27th, call
the Institute for Population Health at 313-309-9350, or 313-402-4263. For more information
about Professional Medical Center, call 313-925-4540