CARES

BTL Staff
By | 2006-01-02T09:00:00-05:00 January 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Community AIDS Resource and Education Center
“Create a Community without AIDS”
Our Mission: To minimize further transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to maximize the quality of life for all persons affected by HIV.
Our Services:
To minimize further transmission of HIV prevention and education services include:
Individual and group education about reducing the risk of HIV transmission.
Needle-free HIV testing and counseling in a confidential setting.
HIV information and referral network for access to services through other organizations.
To maximize the quality of life for all persons affected by HIV, case management services help individuals with:
Securing HIV medical care, medications and adherence to treatment goals.
Optimizing physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Attaining safe and affordable housing.
Transportation to HIV medical appointments.
Peer support and assistance.
Emergency financial assistance for HIV+ individuals.
Volunteers are always welcome to help with assistance to persons living with HIV, special event planning, donation solicitation and publicity.
CARES provides services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. For those that are able, we encourage a donation that will help CARES continue to benefit the individuals and communities we serve.
CARES is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit Michigan corporation. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
CARES is funded through the generous support of individuals, corporations, public and private foundations and state and federal grants. To make a donation, please contact us at 269-381-2437. Thank-you!
HIV and AIDS in Southwest Michigan
There are more than 2,000 persons estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Southwest Michigan.
Approximately 1/3 of individuals with HIV don’t know that they are infected. Knowing you HIV status and that of your partners can save your life.
Youth have become dangerously complacent about HIV. A recent high school student that tested positive for the virus told CARES he thought “AIDS was over… because it wasn’t in the news anymore.” While treatment has improved, there is still no cure for HIV/AIDS.
Stigma, fear and ignorance remain the biggest obstacles to testing and treatment. CARES provided the information, knowledge and confidence to confront these issues and take charge of your life.
Early detection and treatment of HIV increases the length and quality of life. It also decreases the physical, emotional and economic costs of the disease. CARES connects HIV positive individuals with medical, emotional and practical support to proactively manage their lives.
Women who have sex with bisexual men, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users who share needles and commercial sex workers are at highest risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. CARES gives these individuals top priority for counseling, testing and referral services.

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