HIV/AIDS In Detroit Case Study

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Furthermore, Heywood also addresses Mark Peterson, Director of Michigan Positive Action Coalition, who hopes that both the state of Michigan and the City of Detroit manage the resources to fund the prevention and care of people living with HIV, activity that will impact a significant amount of the population in Detroit (2012). But the response to AIDS from Mayor Duggan, a white person in a predominantly black community, is facing challenges since the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy.

About the national response to the HIV epidemic in Detroit, the National HIV/AIDS strategy details the principles and priorities to guide the collective national work to address HIV in the U.S. by the year 2020 (Opalewski, 2016). The United States government leads
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RARE project was designed to provide highly affected communities like Detroit “with a tool that would quickly identify conditions that fuel new infections and serve as barriers to HIV-positive individuals getting HIV testing, care, and treatment” (Bates, 2007). The focus in Detroit were African Americans engaged in high risk sexual behaviors. This national project has its political and social challenges so it has little impact on Detroit’s prevention efforts. Though, the U. S. Health Care System has expanded the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance for people living with HIV, poor African Americans in Detroit cannot afford the ACA premiums, deductibles and co-pays (Heywood, 2015). In addition, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) has been conducting town hall meetings titled “Turning the Tide Together” in cities like Detroit hit the hardest by HIV/AIDS (Heywood, 2012). These meetings in the cities considered as “hot spots” for HIV bring community leaders, policy makers and public health experts to develop an action plan to fight the disease. But local
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