By Dawn Wolfe
In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Feb. 7, AIDS Service organizations, health departments, and other organizations in several locations across the state will be holding workshops, giving free AIDS tests, and distributing condoms and information as a part of Michigan’s first annual Black AIDS Awareness campaign. The campaign will continue through March 19.
For more events, visit the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day web site at www.black aids day.org. NOTE: Not all NBHAAD events are being held at gay-affirming venues. Be sure to check with the individual venue in advance.
The AIDS Consortium of Southeastern Michigan will be providing educational workshops and anonymous HIV testing and counseling throughout February. For more info contact Heather Willard at 313-496-0140 or 800-826-1662.
February and March:
Bay City: Bay County Health Department, 1200 Washington Ave., is providing health screening clinics Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Contact Vicki Ouellette at 989-895-2039. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Detroit: The City of Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion will distribute literature and condoms. 1151 Taylor. For more information contact Myra Tyler at 313-876-4878 or Jewell Martin at 313-876-4204.
Ferndale: Pandora’s Box & Club Exhale – Free HIV counseling and testing. Midwest AIDS Prevention Project sponsored event. Contact Leon Golson at 248-545-1435.
Benton Harbor: Preach out for a life without AIDS. Word of Truth Deliverance Ministries, 1209 Pipestone. 11 a.m.
Detroit: Detroit Community Health Connection, Inc. activities include: Oraquick/Orasure HIV testing, HIV prevention education/videos, distribution of safer sex kits, education materials, and lapel pins at five locations. Call 313-821-2594, ext. 3140 for more info. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ferndale: Affirmations Lesbian & Gay Community Center will have a table with health education information and condoms. 195 W. 9 Mile Rd. Contact Dierdre Shires at 248-398-7105 or visit www.GoAffirmations.org. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Detroit: Detroit Summit Medical Center will offer counseling and testing.
15801 W. Meriands Rd. Contact Laura Hughes at 313-592-3518. 10 a.m. – Noon
Benton Harbor: The Berrien County Health Department and Community AIDS Resource & Education Services will host a special testing day. Two locations. Contact Desiree Dunomes at 800-663-2437 or [email protected] 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
State of Michigan: Community Health Outreach Workers is asking all Michigan residents to take a moment of silence at 2 p.m. in observance of those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have passed. For more info visit www.Blackaidsday.Org or call CHOW at 313-963-3352. 2 p.m.
Detroit: Men of Color is hosting an open discussion group at the agency, including a reception from 6-6:30 p.m. with light refreshments. Free info, counseling and testing available. 21543 Grand River Ave. Contact Dasheena Franklin at 313-543-7000 or [email protected] 6-9 p.m.
Ferndale: Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, 429 Livernois, will present “Many Men, Many Voices: Are You Really Ready?” through Feb. 23. Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) is MAPP’s newest intervention for African American/Black gay/bisexual men. This series of six succinct sessions allows for an in-depth and difficult look into who we are and how we express ourselves, our love and our lives. Free; dinner and gifts provided. The first workshop series will run Mondays and Wednesdays for the first three weeks in February. Men who participate in all six workshops will receive over $100 in gift certificates and cash. Call Royale or Leon 1-888-226-6366 or email [email protected] 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Flint: Wellness AIDS Services and U of M Flint will host “Managing The Crisis: African American Women and the AIDS epidemic,” a panel discussion at U of M Flint in the Michigan room. Contact Crystal Flynn, U of M Flint, at 810-762-3169, or Stevi Gotts, Wellness AIDS Services, at 810-232-0888. Wellness AIDS Services is open for HIV counseling and testing Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 5-8 p.m.
Feb. 8 & 15
Lansing: Free, anonymous HIV counseling and testing. Lansing Black Child and Family Institute, 835 W. Genesee. Sponsored by Lansing Area AIDS Network and Black Child & Family Institute. Contact Kaye McDuffie or Andre Truss at 517-394-3560. 3 – 7 p.m.
Lansing: Free poetry reading. Lansing Area AIDS Network & NU Poets Society. Way Station Books, downtown Lansing. Contact Kaye McDuffie or Andre Truss at 517-394-3560. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lansing: Cut-Offs benefit for Lansing Area AIDS Network – six area salons and barbers will donate proceeds to LAAN. Call for locations. Contact Kaye McDuffie or Andre Truss at 517-394-3560.
Feb. 9 & 16
Lansing: Free, anonymous HIV counseling and testing. Greater Lansing African American Health Institute, E. Grand River. Sponsored by Lansing Area AIDS Network & Greater Lansing African American Health Institute. Contact Kaye McDuffie or Andre Truss at 517-394-3560. 6-9 p.m.
Feb. 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 10, 17
Grand Rapids: McAuley Health Center and HIV/AIDS Services will provide short HIV educational sessions and HIV counseling and testing. Gift cards will be offered to participants of the educational sessions. Condoms and other safer sex materials will be distributed. Browning Claytor Health Center, 1246 Madison Ave., SE. Contact Ric Nelson at 616-913-8207 or Ivette Melendez at 616-913-8216. 9 a.m.- Noon