Michigan Surgeon General Promotes National HIV Test Day

June 27, 2003

Michigan Department of Community Health Surgeon General, Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, promoted National HIV Test Day at two locations in Detroit today.  “Knowledge is power,” said Wisdom.  “Get tested, get the results.”

This national public awareness campaign is designed to educate the public about HIV counseling, testing and referral and to encourage more people to assess their risk of HIV infection.  This year’s National Test Day theme, “Take the Test, Take Control” has been chosen to motivate individuals to be tested and by learning their test results, if positive, get treatment, and if negative, assess their risk and change behaviors that put them at risk. 

“Early detection of HIV is vital in our fight against AIDS.  For the estimated quarter of a million Americans who are infected with HIV but don’t know it, knowing their status could save their lives,” said Dr. Wisdom.  “In Michigan, at testing sites funded by the Department, over 55,000 people get tested for HIV every year, and 550 of those tests are positive for HIV.”

Throughout Michigan, 65 agencies are participating in National HIV Test Day.  Testing for HIV is either anonymous or confidential and is offered through a variety of options.  Testing using a traditional blood draw which is accurate and safe, or the oral method of a swab of the inside of your mouth which will also provide quick, accurate and painless results.   Both testing options are offered at testing sites throughout Michigan to accommodate client needs.

“This is one day a year when local health departments and community-based organizations work in collaboration towards one goal, to provide HIV testing opportunities for at-risk populations,” said Wisdom.  “These opportunities are provided through mobile clinics, outreach at bars, parks and churches and community-wide events.” 
Additional testing day events scheduled for Friday include:
AIDS Consortia of Southeast Michigan (ACSEM) located at 12870 Woodward, Highland Park will provide testing at their CEEP Center in Highland Park and also at Inkster Housing Community Center. 

AIDS Partnership Michigan 2751 East Jefferson, Detroit will provide testing 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and at Affirmations in Ferndale 5:30 pm–8:30 pm and at the Salvation Army, Pontiac 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

Bay Area Social Intervention Services (BASIS) at 515 Adams Street, Bay City will provide testing from 9:00 am–5:00 pm and at the Heidelberg Inn in Saginaw from 7:00 pm–12 am. 

Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG) located at 3028 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit will provide testing all day at their health fair, which will be set up across the street from their offices.  Entertainment, food and health information will be provided.

Detroit Health Department located at 1151 Taylor, Detroit will provide testing all day and at their satellite clinics.  The Taylor Street location will include free giveaways, snacks and information. 

Genesee County Health Department located at 115 East Pierson Road, Flint will provide testing from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on June 27 and again on June 28 at the Community Wide Health Fair, 4001 North Saginaw, Flint 10:00 am–6:00 pm.

Hispanics Against AIDS located at 560 Hall Street SW, Grand Rapids will provide testing from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and offer food, drinks and incentives. 

Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) located at 913 West Holmes, Suite 115, Lansing will provide testing from 7 – 11 am.  Other locations include:  CEI Community Mental Health, 812 East Jolly, Suite G-14, Lansing 7:30 am – 1:00 pm, African American Health Institute, 513 East Grand River, Lansing 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, St. Stephens Community Church, 1420 West Oakland, Lansing 11 am–1 pm and 3–9 pm, Allen Neighborhood Network Center, 1619 East Kalamazoo, Lansing 11 am – 4 pm, Listening Ear, 313 West Grand River, East Lansing 4 – 9 pm, Club Esquire 10 pm – 1:30 am.

Van Buren Cass District Health Department located at 57418 CR681, Hartford will provide testing from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and at the Van Buren County Jail from 9 – 11 am and 1 – 4 pm. 

Your Center located at 4002 North Saginaw, Flint will provide testing from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and at New Jerusalem Baptist Church from 12 – 5 pm, Metropolitan Baptist Church from 12 – 6 pm, El Bethel Baptist Church from 12 – 7 pm all on June 27, and on June 28 at the Community Health Fair, 4001 North Saginaw, Flint from 12 – 8 pm. 

Statewide partners include: 
ACCESS Community Health
AIDS Consortium of Southeast Michigan
AIDS Partnership Michigan
Allegan County Health Department
Barry-Eaton District Health Department
Bay County Health Department
Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joe Comm. Health Agency
Central Michigan District Health Dept.
Chippewa County Health Department
Community Health Awareness Group
Corner Health Center
Public Health Delta-Menominee Counties
Detroit Community Health Connection
Detroit Department of Human Services
Detroit Health Department
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
Detroit Medical Center
Dickinson-Iron District Health Department
District Health Department #2
District Health Department #10
Gateway Community Services
Genesee County Health Department
Grand Traverse County Health Department
Hearth Home
Hispanics Against AIDS
HIV/AIDS Resource Center
Horizons Project–Children’s Hospital
Ingham County Health Department
Ionia County Health Department
Jackson County Health Department
Kalamazoo County Health Department
Kent County Health Department
Lansing Area AIDS Network
Latino Family Services
Livingston County Public Health
LMAS District Health Department
Macomb County Health Department
McAuley Health Center
Men of Color
Midland County Health Department
Mid-Michigan District Health Department
Monroe County Health Department
New Health Agency
Northwest MI Community Health Agency
Oakland County Health Department
Ottawa County Health Department
Planned Parenthood of East Central MI
Planned Parenthood of Northern MI
Planned Parenthood Centers of West MI
St. Clair County Health Department
Saginaw County Health Department
Sanilac County Health Department
Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Center
Taylor Teen Health Center
Travelers Aid Society
Van Buren – Cass District Health Department
Visiting Nurse Association
Washtenaw County Health Department
Wayne County Health Department
Wellness AIDS Services
Western Michigan University
Your Center