Information about HIV/AIDS in the Upper Peninsula

HIV prevention and care activities are overseen through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), HIV Care and Prevention.
HIV prevention and care programs are funded by the Federal Government through the CDC and the Ryan White Care ACT.

MDHHS Brochure: What You Need to Know About HIV Testing  

HIV Risk Reduction Tool  


Each year on June 27 we observe National HIV Testing Day. On this day,we hope  to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV. Help encourage HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day and every day to ensure people get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment services.
The Health Department offers free and confidential or anonymous screening for HIV.  The test is done by a finger poke and results are available in 20 minutes.  Call (906) 475-7651 for information or to schedule an appointment.
The Health Department offers free and confidential or anonymous screening for HIV.  The test is done by a finger poke and results are available in 20 minutes.  Call (906) 475-7651 for information or to schedule an appointment.

The Continuum of Care Program is a community based program that offers a broad spectrum of outpatient services to HIV infected individuals throughout the Upper Peninsula. The goals of the program include financial assistance for early medical intervention, maintenance of optimal health, and access to support services. Clients are active members in the team approach to care.

Residents of the UP who are infected with the HIV virus or their families are eligible for this program. Referrals can be self directed or made by other health care providers with the written consent of the client.
More about the COC program...

Laura Fredrickson (906) 475-7651 or


What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a disease that destroys the body's ability to fight off illness.

What Causes AIDS?

AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The virus can live in the human body for years and can be spread to others even before any symptoms appear. AIDS is considered the end stage of HIV infection. It is diagnosed by a physician once the immune system has shown signs of failure or the body has developed one of many different infections or cancers.

How is HIV Spread?

You can become infected with HIV through direct contact with blood, semen, or vaginal secretions from an infected individual. Also, women infected with HIV can pass the virus to their baby during pregnancy, birth, or breast feeding.

Who Should Consider Testing?

  • People who may have a sexually transmitted disease.
  • People who currently use intravenous drugs or who have a history of intravenous drug use.
  • Men who have engaged in sexual activities with other men.
  • People who have had more than one sex partner.
  • People who have had sex with prostitutes (male or female).
  • People who received blood products or blood transfusions between 1978 and 1985.
  • Women with identifiable risks, who are pregnant or who are considering pregnancy.
  • People who are being tested or treated for tuberculosis.
  • People who have had significant exposure to the blood of someone who may be infected.
  • People who have had sex with any of the above.

What is the HIV Antibody Test?

The test for HIV identifies the presence of antibodies against the HIV virus. If antibodies are found, the individual is considered a carrier of the virus and able to spread it. The test will not tell if the individual has AIDS.

MCHD uses the Alere Determine test to provide rapid HIV screening. The benefits are:

    • Confidential or anonymous
    • Simple finger poke
    • One on one with HIV counselor
    • Results in 20 minutes
    • The test is free!

UP Resources

  • Chippewa County Health Department (906) 635-1566
  • LMAS District Health Dept. Luce 1-800-562-4832; Mackinac 1-800-214-9901
  • Alger County 1-888-447-3210; Schoolcraft County 1-800-341-5677
  • Marquette County Health Department (906) 475-7651
  • Delta County Health Department (906) 786-4111
  • Menominee County Health Department (906) 863-4451
  • Western U.P. District Health Department (906) 482-7382, (906) 667-0200 or (906) 524-6142
  • Dickinson-Iron District Health Department (906) 774-1868 (906) 265-9913

Other Sources of Information

  • Veteran's Administration Medical Center 1-800-215-8262 or (906) 779-3126
  • LSSU Health CARE Center (906) 635-2110
  • Northern Michigan University Health Center (906) 225-2355
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern Michigan (906) 225-5070
  • Michigan AIDS Hotline (Information and Referral) 1-800-872-2437
  • Teen link 1-800-750-8336

Web Resources:

Please remember that the web sites listed below are not controlled by the Marquette County Health Department and, thus we are not responsible for the information on these sites.