Improved HIV/AIDS testing rates among Veterans Centers

Please see this important article regarding increases in HIV testing rates in VA centers.

September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day!

By 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one-half of Americans with HIV will be age 50 and older

September 18, 2011 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.  We encourage EVERYONE to get the facts on HIV/AIDS especially if you are, or you know someone who is age 50 or older.   What you don’t know CAN hurt you.

In 2008-2009, the CDC reported 17% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses are among people aged 50 and older.  People aged 50 and older account for 36% of all people living with AIDS.

No one is immune from HIV/AIDS …no…one.  Our SHAPE program (Stop HIV/AIDS and Addiction through Prevention and Education) is a five-year, federally-funded program focusing on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention among African American, Arab/Chaldean, Hispanic/Latina, Homeless/Transitional and Veteran women age 50 and older in Wayne County.   

SHAPE IS THE ONLY MULTI-CULTURAL PROGRAM OF ITS KIND IN THE U.S.  — so we consider ourselves pioneers as we go about our life-saving business of educating older women on how to protect themselves from contraction of HIV/AIDS and to be aware of the insidious and sneaky nature of substance abuse. 

Please see this fact sheet on information of interest to those 50 and older. 

And remember, SHAPE offers free, painless HIV testing, using OraQuick mouth swabs (no blood or needles are involved).  Results are available in 20 minutes! If you would like an HIV test, please call the SHAPE office at (313) 736-5541.

President Obama’s Message on National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day.  The SHAPE program urges EVERYONE to get tested.  Knowing your HIV status (positive or negative) is empowering and allows you to advocate for your health.   Please read this for President Obama’s message.

June is the beginning of national HIV testing month! Let’s get tested!

Let's Get Tested!

Here’s an important message about the urgent need to get an HIV test so you can know your status and get on with your life!

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7 – Listing of SHAPE Events This Week in Detroit

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to reflect on the lives touched by and lost to HIV/AIDS. In the United States, HIV continues to take its toll on African Americans, who have the highest rates of HIV infection of all races. Blacks make up just 14 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for almost half of those living and dying with HIV and AIDS in this country.  Please read more here.

And please come out to any of the FREE events this week sponsored by SHAPE Detroit.   You’ll be able to receive FREE HIV testing, literature, barrier protection devices (male and female condoms and lubricant), HIV/AIDS referrals for additional resources as well as Valentine’s Day treats!

The events are as follow:   Love Carefully Flyer 2011

Monday, February 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter), 26 Peterboro, Detroit, MI 48201, (313) 831-3777.  SHAPE Outreach Worker Kirsten Howard will be on hand at this event.

Monday, February 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC)  1211 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48214, (313) 967-4880.  SHAPE Outreach Worker Ferndanda Sachez will be on hand at this event.

Tuesday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, MI  48214, (313) 628-2100.  SHAPE Project Coordinator Nicola Walker and SHAPE Outreach Worker Nikki Grandberry will be on site at this event. 

Wednesday, February 9,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,Arab American & Chaldean Council (ACC), 62 W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI  48203, (313) 892-6225. Shape Outreach Worker Hawaa Aljedi will be in attendance at this site.

For more information on the SHAPE program or events, please call (313) 736-5541.

CDC’s report on HIV testing and diagnosis among adults – U.S. 2001-2009

We, the writers of the SHAPE blog, like to give you information that’s “user and reader-friendly” – we don’t like to bog you down with a lot of statistics.  And we don’t want to bore you.

But sometimes, statistics say a LOT.  And we believe that’s the case with this week’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on Morbidity and Mortality.

Here’s one very interesting conclusion from the report:  “the number of persons in the United States who report ever being tested for HIV is increasing, and fewer persons are being diagnosed late in their infection. However, nearly one third of diagnoses still occur late.  Increased testing efforts are needed, particularly among populations that account for most HIV diagnoses.” 

So pay close attention to the “conclusion” and “key points” and the various tables that spell out the specific numbers by age, gender, race and geographic states.  Very interesting reading.

Don’t forget – PLEASE GET AN HIV TEST!  SHAPE’s goal is to educate and prevent the transmission of HIV, and to provide resources to those that are HIV+.  So please get tested.

And remember, these may be statistics, but every one of these statistics represents a HUMAN BEING (someone’s mom, dad, sister, grandmother, grandfather, child…you get the picture) So please click here to read the entire report.