May 6, 2019

Media Advisory THURSDAY, MAY 9: U.S. health secretary visits WSU to discuss Detroit HIV epidemic


The Wayne State University School of Medicine will host a discussion led by Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health of Human Services. Representatives from the city of Detroit, Wayne County and WSU Professor Jonathan Cohn, M.D., will also speak. Dr. Cohn is director of the university’s Adult HIV/AIDS Program.

More than 20 percent of people living with HIV in the city of Detroit are not receiving care for their disease. This unmet need is not equality distributed. “HIV in Detroit,” a July 2018 report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, revealed that intravenous drug users, teens and foreign-born persons consistently have higher rates of unmet need, despite options for free or nearly free treatment at several programs run by WSU and other organizations.

In addition, the rate of new diagnoses among black males 15 to 29 years old who have sex with other males has more than doubled since 2000.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

9 to 11 a.m.


Wayne State University

Margherio Family Conference Center

540 East Canfield, Detroit

About Wayne State University School of Medicine

Founded more than 150 years ago, the Wayne State University School of Medicine educates more than 1,000 medical students annually in Midtown Detroit. In addition to undergraduate medical education, the school offers master’s degree, Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science to about 400 students annually.  


Taylor Trott
Phone: 313-577-1830

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