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Mich. health dept. denies media access to training on controversial HIV database* UPDATE

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 4 Comments

This article has been updated, below the original story, to reflect that The American Independent has been authorized to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

LANSING, Mich. – Dozens of agencies and local health departments will be attending a mandatory meeting Wednesday in Lansing to review grant-fulfillment requirements related to HIV funding, but the media is not invited, or allowed. (more…)

Not-so-confidential HIV testing

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 3 Comments

Since 2003, the Michigan Department of Community Health has been secretly collecting the names, dates of birth, risk categories, and other demographic information of people submitting for confidential HIV testing at grant-funded locations throughout the state and storing them in a massive database, a months-long investigation by The American Independent has discovered. (more…)

Michigan health depts targeting HIV-positive pregnant women unfairly, experts say

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by The American Independent 14 Comments

On World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama declared that America is on its way to defeating the global pandemic known as the AIDS virus. At an online conference Thursday, the President announced more funding ($50 million more) for HIV/AIDS treatment in the U.S. and a higher target goal for how many Americans will be on treatment by 2013 (6 million people). And while HIV patients and advocates welcome efforts to fight and treat the disease on a large scale, many agree that at the state and local levels, serious problems with treatment programs and the criminalization of HIV-positive individuals often go unaddressed. (more…)

Where does Michigan fall in the HPV vaccine debate?

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

With the HPV vaccine making headlines during the recent Republican presidential debates, an obvious question arose: What is Michigan’s policy about the vaccination?

Wrong HIV medication for prison patient jumpstarts mass penal inquiry

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

The Michigan Department of Corrections says it is reviewing its records to determine how an HIV-positive inmate was placed on a treatment regimen that does not meet state, federal or international treatment protocols. (more…)