Goal: 100 for HIV Testing Day

By Todd Heywood

The CDC estimates that the lifetime risk that a black man who has sex with men will contract HIV is 1 in 2. Latino men who have sex with men have a lifetime risk of 1 in 4. And recently, a study from Emory University found the men who have sex with men have a rate of HIV infection 57.5 percent higher than other men in the U.S. Transwomen are 49 times more likely than any other group of women in the world to be infected with HIV.

"It's important to recognize that there is a health crisis, and it is a crisis," said Judi Brown Clarke, president of Lansing City Council and a featured emcee for a PrEP panel planned on June 25 at Spiral nightclub. "We all have a role to play in ending this epidemic."

AIDS Service Organizations and health departments across the state and the nation are gearing up to offer free and confidential HIV testing this coming week to mark National HIV Testing Day. A complete listing of events is available at Pridesource.com.

In Lansing, located in Ingham county, which has the second highest HIV prevalence rate in the state, the Lansing Area AIDS Network is gearing up for events on June 25. The official Testing Day is June 27.

In Lansing the agency will offer free and confidential HIV testing at Diversity Psychological Services, an office facility located within a block of the city's two gay bars.

"Our goal is to test 100 high risk individuals," said Dwayne Riley, prevention manager.

But the agency won't just be doing testing. It is also hosting a panel discussion about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) from 7 pm to 9 pm at Spiral Dance Club. The panel discussion will include individuals who are currently taking the medication - which is up to 99 percent effective in preventing an HIV-negative person from contracting the virus if it is taken daily -- as well as Dr. Erik Wert. Wert is the medical director of the Ingham County Community Health Center and one of the only physicians in Ingham offering PrEP prescriptions.

Riley said that since January his agency has worked diligently to counsel clients who are HIV negative about PrEP and to refer them to Wert. Riley said his agency has run into roadblocks in locating physicians willing to write prescriptions for the drug.

"It's one of the biggest issues," he said. "In Ingham county there are not too many locations willing to prescribe PrEP."

He said one of the biggest issued in the prescription process is a lack of "culturally competent care to the meet the needs of the LGBT community and people of color."

Brown Clarke is not the only city councilmember participating in the testing day events. Jody Washington, whose ward covers the locations of the bars, will be there as well. She declined to comment, other than to note that she will be there to "help end the stigma." She sponsored a resolution last week honoring National HIV Testing Day. It passed unanimously by the City Council.

National HIV Testing Day Event In Lansing

4 p.m. to midnight -- Free confidential HIV testing Diversity Psychological Services

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- PrEP Panel Discussion at Spiral, facilitated by Lansing City Council President Judi Brown Clarke, and featuring Dr. Erik Wert, medical director of the Ingham County Community Health Centers.

4 p.m. to midnight -- various events in Old Town including Spiral and Esquire to promoting testing and to raise funds for the Lansing Area AIDS Network

For More Information email Dwayne Riley DRiley@Laanonline.org, or 517 394 3719 ext. 130

Around Michigan

Several Michigan health departments and community-based organizations will provide HIV testing opportunities through mobile clinics, outreach bars, parks, churches and community-wide events now through the end of the month. Below is a list of sites throughout Michigan where you and your loved ones can get tested for HIV. For more information, call 800-872-AIDS or visit http://www.michigan.gov/hivstd.

Tuesday, June 21

Lenawee County Health Department

1040 S. Winter St.

Suite 2328

Adrian, MI 49221

8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22

Livingston County Department of Public Health

2300 E. Grand River

Suite 102

Howell, MI 48843

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins accepted.

Thursday, June 23

Gospel Against AIDS

Walgreens

501 South Ballenger Highway

Flint, MI 48532

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Unified

Walgreens

2170 Washtenaw

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Wellness Services, Inc.

Walgreens

2815 Davison Road

Flint, MI 48506

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Matrix Human Services

Walgreens

30852 Woodward Ave.

Royal Oak, MI 48073

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, June 24

Gospel Against AIDS

Walgreens

501 South Ballenger Highway

Flint, MI 48532

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Unified

Walgreens

2170 Washtenaw

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Wellness Services, Inc.

Walgreens

2815 Davison Road

Flint, MI 48506

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Lenawee County Health Department

1040 S. Winter St.

Suite 2328

Adrian, MI 49221

8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

Gospel Against AIDS

Walgreens

501 South Ballenger Highway

Flint, MI 48532

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wellness Services, Inc.

Walgreens

2815 Davison Road

Flint, MI 48506

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wellness Services, Inc.

Flint Pride

311 E. Court St.

Flint, MI 48502

2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Mercy Health Prevention Practices

The Wheels of Mercy

Smith Ryerson Park

650 Wood St.

Muskegon, MI 49442

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Lansing Area AIDS Network

Diversity Psychological Services

1310 Turner St.

Lansing, MI 48906

4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Lansing Area AIDS Network

PrEP Panel Discussion

Spiral Night Club

1427 Turner St.

Lansing, MI 48096

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Lansing Area AIDS Network

Red Party Fundraiser

Spiral Night Club

1427 Turner St.

Lansing, MI 48906

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Monday, June 27

Jackson County Health Department

Walgreens

1314 N. West Ave.

Jackson, MI 49202

1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Thomas Judd Care Center

Traverse City Mayor's Office

400 Boardman Ave.

Traverse City, MI 49684

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jackson County Health Department

Walgreens

1314 N. West Ave.

Jackson, MI 49202

1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Barry County Office

330 W. Woodlawn Ave.

Hastings, MI 49058

12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Eaton County Office

1033 Health Care Drive

Charlotte, MI 48813

12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Genesee County Health Department

McCree South

630 S. Saginaw St.

Flint, MI 48502

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Genesee County Health Department

Burton

G-3373 S. Saginaw St.

Burton, MI 48529

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Van Buren Cass District Health Department

Hartford Clinic

57418 CR 681

Suite A

Hartford, MI 49057

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Van Buren Cass District Health Department

Dowagiac Clinic

302 S. Front St.

Dowagiac, MI 49047

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Kent County Health Department

South Clinic

4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE

Kentwood, MI 49508

8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Saginaw County Department of Public Health

1600 N. Michigan Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48602

8:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Health Delivery, Inc.

Bayside Health and Dental Center

3884 Monitor Road

Bay City, MI 48706

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Health Delivery, Inc.

Bridgeport Community Health and Dental Center

6297 Dixie Highway

Bridgeport, MI 48722

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Health Delivery, Inc.

Community Health Center

501 Lapeer Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48607

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Health Delivery, Inc.

Hearth Home Prevention and Outreach Center

732 Hoyt St.

Saginaw, MI 48601

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Health Delivery, Inc.

Janes Street Academic Community Health Center

1522 Janes Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48601

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Health Delivery, Inc.

Old Town Saginaw Community Health Center

804 S. Hamilton St.

Saginaw, MI 48602

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28

Kent County Health Department

South Clinic

4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE

Kentwood, MI 49508

8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29

Genesee County Health Department

McCree South

630 S. Saginaw St.

Flint, MI 48502

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Kent County Health Department

South Clinic

4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE

Kentwood, MI 49508

8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 30

Van Buren Cass District Health Department

Woodlands Substance Abuse Clinic

960 E. State St.

Cassopolis, MI 49031

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday, July 1

Kent County Health Department

South Clinic

4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE

Kentwood, MI 49508

8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


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