Health Emergency Lifeline Programs

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Health Emergency Lifeline Programs (HELP) in Detroit assists those who have been infected or affected by HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C with getting the medical and behavioral health care they need. The advances of medical technology have changed the needs of the people the organization serves since it began in 1986. Although people with HIV or AIDS can live long healthy lives, there are still a number of obstacles to overcome. HIV disproportionately affects people of color. Stigmatization remains a barrier for individuals who have been marginalized due to health status, sexuality, race, poverty, and other factors. Furthermore, substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, and low socio-economic status increase the risks of infection and create additional obstacles to treatment. HELP assists more than 1,500 individuals and families across southeastern Michigan through its clinic and by providing food vouchers, housing services, utility assistance, early intervention services, and more.

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