Information about HIV/AIDS in the Upper Peninsula
HIV prevention and care activities are overseen through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Division of HIV/AIDS-STD, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Section (MDHHS-DHAS-HAPIS). HIV prevention and care programs are funded by the Federal Government through the CDC and the Ryan White Care ACT.
|CONTINUUM OF CARE
The Continuum of Care Program is a community based program that offers a broad spectrum of outpatient services to HIV infected individuals throughout the Upper Peninsula. The goals of the program include financial assistance for early medical intervention, maintenance of optimal health, and access to support services. Clients are active members in the team approach to care.
Residents of the UP who are infected with the HIV virus or their families are eligible for this program. Referrals can be self directed or made by other health care providers with the written consent of the client.
Laura Fredrickson (906) 475-7651 or 1-800-956-2670
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a disease that destroys the body's ability to fight off illness.
What Causes AIDS?
AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The virus can live in the human body for years and can be spread to others even before any symptoms appear. AIDS is considered the end stage of HIV infection. It is diagnosed by a physician once the immune system has shown signs of failure or the body has developed one of many different infections or cancers.
How is HIV Spread?
You can become infected with HIV through direct contact with blood, semen, or vaginal secretions from an infected individual. Also, women infected with HIV can pass the virus to their baby during pregnancy, birth, or breast feeding.
Who Should Consider Testing?
What is the HIV Antibody Test?
The test for HIV identifies the presence of antibodies against the HIV virus. If antibodies are found, the individual is considered a carrier of the virus and able to spread it. The test will not tell if the individual has AIDS.
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