The Horizons Project is a highly acclaimed program of the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM). Founded in 1994 by Dr. Kathryn Wright, former medical director who specialized in HIV/AIDS care for adolescents, the program continues to grow as the only HIV/AIDS program in Michigan that specifically focuses on providing services to HIV positive and at-risk youth ages 13 to 24.
The collaboration between the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Horizons Project allows for at-risk youth to be linked to HIV prevention education and counseling/testing. Youth living with HIV are linked to direct medical care and support services. We have offered free clinical care and social support services to youth living with HIV in the Detroit area for almost two decades. The Horizons Project is completely grant funded and all services (prevention and care) are provided free of charge. Youth and young adults may also have the opportunity to participate in formative research through the Department of Pediatrics, more specifically the Pediatric Prevention Research Center (PPRC).
Both the medical and prevention directors of the project are Wayne State University School Of Medicine faculty. Grants implemented through this collaboration have been from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Institute of Health (NIH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The project's medical director hosts pediatric and adolescent medicine fellows as well as subspecialty trainees in immunology in our medical clinic.
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Did You Know:
- Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the United States in infected with HIV.
- The Michigan Department of Community Health estimates that approximately 19,500 persons are living with HIV/AIDS within the state.
- The Detroit metropolitan area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe and St. Claire counties) comprises only 44% of the population, yet accounts for 65% of all HIV/AIDS cases in Michigan.
- 59% of all persons living with HIV/AIDS in Michigan are African-American.
- HIV/AIDS is a significant public health concern for youth and young adults ages 13-24. The Michigan Department of Community Health estimates that there are approximately 3,540 adolescents and young adults living with HIV/AIDS in the state.
For more information on HIV/AIDS, please click the 'About HIV/AIDS' link in the site bar to the left and see the following link for an interactive map* of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Michigan:
*interactive map includes national, state and county specific data.