The Michigan AIDS Coalition, in partnership with the Southeastern Michigan Health Association, is departing from their standard work of providing HIV testing and is entering a new arena: syphilis intervention services.
This pilot grant, one of three in the area, includes a minimum of 3 events each month to screen for syphilis individuals most at risk in clubs, bars, bathhouses and other community based organizations. MAC will also sponsor town hall meetings, informational parties and Sunday health meetings at their Detroit and Ferndale facilities.
Chief Executive Officer Helen Hicks is elated with the grant. “Our board has been seeking to expand the mission into areas that affect the population we serve. We are focusing on Hepatitis C, Syphilis, other sexually transmitted diseases, and as always, HIV/AIDS. Co-infection is common and we are now much better prepared to address the needs of the clients we serve.”