Wednesday, June 27, 2012: Michigan HIV Testing DayWHEREAS, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which progressively deteriorates the human immune system and destroys the body's ability to fight off illnesses; and,
WHEREAS, AIDS was first reported in the United States and Michigan in 1981, and the Michigan Department of Community Health estimates that 19,300 Michigan citizens are living with HIV or AIDS today; and,
WHEREAS, many health, social service and educational organizations throughout Michigan are active in planning and implementing community-based prevention, outreach, counseling, testing and referral programs; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to encourage citizens to learn more about HIV and AIDS, and we reiterate the importance of getting tested, assessing risk, changing behaviors and if test results are positive, seeking treatment;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, June 27, 2012 as Michigan HIV Testing Day.