Michigan AIDS Coalition Expands Testing to Include Other STDs

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(MAC Press Release, June 23, 2015)

This month, Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC), will formally launch its Integrated Testing Pilot Project, which now will include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis C in addition to its longstanding screenings for HIV and Syphilis.

“For many years, we have been serving high risk populations, including white, African-American, and Latino men who have sex with other men, providing counseling and testing new way 01 ping pongservices for HIV and Syphilis,” says MAC CEO Terry Ryan. “The same modes of transmission provide opportunities for other STD infections, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Hep C. So it made sense to better serve our clients, but also help stop the spread of other sexually transmitted diseases as well.”

This two-year pilot project, one of the first in Michigan, will operate under the banner MAC Health, and represents Michigan AIDS Coalition’s strategy of offering expanded health services to those communities most in need. The Gerstacker Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, and The Jewish Fund – providing nearly $60,000 per year in support – fund the project.

“These grants also allow us to expand testing to high risk heterosexual African-American men twsted_tavern_AD_more textand women, as well as, other groups that current funding does not allow,” Ryan explains. “We are very gratified by the continued support of the foundation community, and, in particular, these three long-time partners.”

Other participating partners are the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, which will provide evaluation of the project.

Expanded testing services are offered at the MAC office in Ferndale, its MPowerment Detroit site in New Center, and the various bars, clubs, and soup kitchens where MAC testing and outreach teams meet clients in their own communities. Testing information can be accessed by SCOTT WRIGHT 02 _ JENNIFER STILLWAGONcalling (248) 545-1435, or at www.michiganaidscoalition.org.

ABOUT THE MICHIGAN AIDS COALITION

The Michigan AIDS Coalition (merged with former MAF and MAPP) is one of Michigan’s largest non-profit, community-based organizations dedicated to health promotion, harm and risk reduction, HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention education, grant making and public policy. MAC has conducted thousands of workshops and trainings, reaching more than a half a million people – 30,000 in the last year alone. With more than 30 years of combined experience in HIV/AIDS advocacy, education and outreach, MAC will continue its mission until it is no longer necessary. Find more information at: www.michiganaidscoalition.org.

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