12:14 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

MI advocates work for "AIDS-free generation"

A Red AIDS awareness ribbon decorated the North Portico of the White House in honor of World AIDS Day last year.
Credit Flickr - Ted Eytan

It’s been 30 years since scientists discovered HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. At the height of the American AIDS epidemic in the 1980's and early 1990's, an HIV positive diagnosis was essentially a death sentence. Today, advances in treatment have greatly improved outcomes for people living with HIV, but the pandemic is far from over. We still have around 800 new infections every year in Michigan alone.

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2:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow.
Credit Flickr- NIAID

Today is National HIV Testing Day. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for free HIV tests, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Current State #186 | October 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing's 'Marketplace Project'; HIV in Ingham County; what deregulation could mean for Michigan; environmental changes effect on Isle Royale; and a review of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane". 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

HIV rates high, awareness could improve in Ingham County

Although Ingham County has the second highest rate of HIV infections in the state, Dwayne Riley says Lansing is conservative in regards to the idea that HIV exists in the community.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Outside of metro Detroit, Ingham County has the highest rate of HIV infection in Michigan. Over half those cases are among gay men, most of whom are first diagnosed with HIV after the age of 30.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project raises funds for Ugandan village

Jackson Kaguri was honored in 2012 as a "CNN Hero." He's the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project which helps children in Uganda.
Credit Jackson Kaguri

One of the vendors at the Great Lakes Folk Festival is the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project.  The organization offers paper-bead necklaces and traditional baskets from Uganda. The artists who created them are grandmothers in Nyaka who use the income to support the families affected by the disease.

Jackson Kaguri is the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project. He was a CNN Hero last year, was featured in Time Magazine in 2010, and is the author of the book, “The Price of Stones,” about building a school for AIDS orphans  in his village in Uganda.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Social media campaign encourages HIV testing

Although the most common HIV/AIDS tests are done through blood analysis, there are also urine and saliva tests available, and results can be as quick as 20 minutes, according to the CDC.
Credit Flickr

Last Thursday, a group of activists, community leaders and bloggers announced a new social media initiative called the “Test Me” project. It takes place today, which is National HIV Testing Day. The “Test Me” project calls for people all across the country to get tested for HIV, and then share their photos and experiences all throughout Twitter, Facebook and social media with the hashtag #TestMe.

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