Michigan encourages awareness on World AIDS Day

Courtesy: MGN Graphics

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people across the state of Michigan to “Know Your Status” on December, 1st, World AIDS Day.

“Three out of four people living with HIV know their status,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Reaching people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensuring that they are linked to quality care and prevention services is essential to ensuring they can lead healthy and productive lives. We are urging Michiganders to get tested and know your status.”

The MDHHS says that black men ages 15-24 who have sex with other men are at the highest risk for contracting HIV. The MDHHS said there are currently 18,650 cases of HIV in Michigan.

Of the reported 18,650 cases:

  • 56 percent are Black.
  • 34 percent are White.
  • 6 percent are Hispanic.
  • 3 percent are other or of an unknown race.
  • 1 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander.
  • Less than 1 percent are multi or other race.

HIV is a chronic disease with treatment options allowing a person living with HIV to have a life expectancy close to that of the general population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with early detection, treatment and adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy, there is practically no possibility of a person transmitting the virus to sexual partners.

The CDC offers free HIV testing if you'd like to know your status.

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