New HIV Cases Increase in Washtenaw County

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

HIV Testing
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:

Walgreens
2170 Washtenaw Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
11am-1:30pm

Safe Sex Store (S3)
1209 S. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
3:30pm-5:30pm

Harmony House Motel
615 E. Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
3:30pm-5:30pm

Michigan Theater
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.

MICHIGAN DELEGATION MAKES AN IMPACT AT AMA ANNUAL MEETING

CME for gun violence prevention, increased STEM education, and encouraging physicians to be political candidates were among the topics of MSMS resolutions that were supported at the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 7-11.

Of the 16 Michigan resolutions submitted to the AMA from the MSMS House of Delegates, 10 were amended or referred to the AMA Board for study, one was not adopted, and five were reaffirmed as existing policy, which resets the “sunset clock” on those policies for another 10 years.

The 22-member Michigan Delegation held a private session with AMA EVP James Madara, MD, and chief lobbyist Richard Deem on the first day of the meeting. Deem thanked MSMS for its effective partnership with the AMA on Capitol Hill. “The Michigan congressional delegation is very important to the AMA,” he said. “We hold up Michigan physicians as a model across the country” for having a strong voice with its policy makers.

Tucker Carlson from Fox News, who was the guest speaker at the AMPAC luncheon, also noted that physicians have a unique voice in Washington and should use it with vigor. He said physicians are respected by legislators “because you are thoughtful people who also save lives.”

The uniqueness of physicians also was highlighted by new AMA President Robert Wah, MD, who has been close to the Michigan Delegation for many years. “We have the ability to convene all parties to come to the table and work on solutions to the challenges physicians face today,” he said in his inaugural address.

Alternate delegate John G. Bizon, MD, served on Reference Committee A, Medical Service. Bassam Nasr, MD, also an alternate delegate, served on Reference Committee F, Finance and Board of Trustees. Medical student Nicolas Fletcher received an AMA Foundation Minority Scholars Award for $10,000 based on academic achievement and commitment to the elimination of health disparities. He said the award was in large part due to the ongoing support of medical students by MSMS and the Michigan Delegation.

WASHTENAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH EPI UPDATE – 6/11/14

New HIV cases at 15 year high:
33 new cases of HIV infection were reported in 2013, up 37% from 24 cases in 2012. The last time Washtenaw County had so many new cases of HIV infection identified was 1999.

New HIV cases overwhelmingly young:
Of the 33 Washtenaw County residents newly diagnosed with HIV infection in 2013, 73% are under the age of 30 years. The age range of new HIV cases is 18 to 59 years. As in previous years, most of the cases are in men. Local Black residents continue to be disproportionately affected, with 55% of new infections. The dominant reported risk factor for new HIV cases is men who have sex with men (79% of all cases).

Prevention of new cases:
Screening for HIV in high-risk groups and notification of sexual partners of HIV-positive individuals remain critical. Given that people are now living much longer with HIV, health care providers need to frequently re-assess the current sexual partners and practices of their patients to ensure that exposed new contacts are aware of their risk. The ultimate goal is to decrease spread of the virus in the community and to decrease the number of new cases.

For more details on the new Washtenaw HIV cases in 2013, please see our website: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/adult_health/washtenaw-county-hiv-trends-2007-13

Reports on HIV infection in Michigan are available on the state website, including a new report showing that young people with HIV infection (less than 25 years of age) are less likely to achieve viral suppression while in treatment.

http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2940_2955_2982_46000_46003-166892–,00.html

New Maps: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Reports from 2011 – 2013

Chlamydia cases have been at high levels for the past several years in Washtenaw County. Sexually active young people 15 to 24 years of age are at higher risk for both Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. However, age is not the only risk factor. Some areas of Washtenaw County, particularly the Ypsilanti area, have a higher burden of disease than other parts of our community. Analyzing cases by geography can help to better target outreach for prevention, testing and treatment.

Maps are available for two time periods: 2008 – 10 and 2011 – 13. Maps include:

Gonorrhea – All Ages
Chlamydia – All Ages
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in 13 to 18 year olds Countywide and in the Ypsilanti area

See our website to access the maps:

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/adult_health/ph_hltstdst.html

Hepatitis C: 2013 Cases Include Many Young Adults

In 2013, almost a third of newly reported hepatitis C infections in Washtenaw occurred in young adults 18 – 29 years of age. With 52 newly identified cases, this younger age group had more cases than any other age group. Most of the new young hepatitis C cases are White (92%) and live in Ypsilanti (42%) and Ann Arbor (25%).

Washtenaw County Public Health does not have the capacity to follow up on all cases of newly diagnosed hepatitis C. However, on the cases where we do have risk factor information, IV drug use is reported by the vast majority. This is similar to trends reported across Michigan and nationwide.

The CDC recommends that all persons born between 1945 and 1965 be screened for hepatitis C. However, it is clear that a new generation is also being exposed and clinicians need to assess all ages for risk factors.

Below is the link to the analysis of 2013 hepatitis C cases in Washtenaw County.

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/hepatitis-c-trends

WCMS Bulletin 2nd Quarter Now Online

Washtenaw County Medical Society’s 2nd Quarter Bulletin now online at:

http://digital.turn-page.com/i/318789