YPSILANTI, Mich., June 26, 2014 – New HIV cases in Washtenaw County are at a 15 year high. A total of 33 new cases were reported in 2013, up 37% from 24 cases in 2012. This is the highest number of cases seen in the County since 1999. National HIV Testing Day is Friday, June 27th. Washtenaw County Public Health and the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) urge residents to know their HIV status.
“Testing is important. Know your status.” says Cathy Wilczynski, nurse practitioner and program supervisor with Washtenaw County Public Health. “Get others you know to test. If you have sex, use a condom. It’s that simple.”
New HIV Cases in Washtenaw County are Overwhelmingly Young, Male
The majority of new cases (73%) are among young people, under the age of 30. Most are men. The age range of new cases is 18 to 59 years. Black residents are disproportionately affected, representing 55% of new infections. In Washtenaw County, the most frequently-reported risk factor among new cases is men who have sex with men (79% of all new cases). Additional information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections reported in Washtenaw County is available at: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/adult_health/ph_hltstdst.html
Public Health and HARC offer free and confidential or anonymous testing. Results from rapid HIV testing are available within 30 minutes.
Washtenaw County Public Health is located at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti. HIV testing is available by appointment, call 734-544-6840. Walk in for HIV testing on Thursdays 1-4 pm.
HARC is located at 3075 Clark Road, Suite 203, in Ypsilanti. HARC provides testing, counseling and referral services in Ypsilanti, on the University of Michigan Campus and at various community locations. Call 734-572-9355 for an HIV testing appointment.
“It is important to know your HIV status,” says HARC president and CEO Jimena Loveluck. “If you don’t know your HIV status, take advantage of National HIV Testing Day and get a free rapid HIV test during HARC’s mobile testing tour with three locations throughout the day in our community. Encourage others to get tested and to get educated, especially our youth,” Loveluck added.
Locations scheduled for Friday, June 27:
2170 Washtenaw Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Safe Sex Store (S3)
1209 S. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Harmony House Motel
615 E. Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
603 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Contact Leon Golson at HARC for further information (734) 572-9355.