HIV/AIDS Prevention, Wellness, and Care for Northern Michigan

The Thomas Judd Care Center in Traverse City, provides care to people in northern Michigan living with HIV/AIDS and to those at risk of contracting this infectious disease. The center offers medical care, support services, and prevention services. Founded in 1994, it is the only Ryan White federally-funded program in northern Michigan.

Our dedicated case managers help people from 25 northern Michigan counties receive medical care and overcome any barriers they may encounter to receiving services. We are committed to privacy, protection of personal information, and treating clients with dignity and respect.


How to Access Care

Thomas Judd Care Center staff members go to great lengths to ensure clients receive the care and services they need. Clients can access services:

  • At the Thomas Judd Care Center at 5041 N. Royal Dr., Ste. 1 in Traverse City

  • At the PrEVENT Clinic located within the Thomas Judd Care Center

  • Through home visits via telemedicine. We can arrange real-time, face-to-face video visits with our primary care provider or nurse practitioner using HIPPA compliant technology to protect your privacy. This technology allows providers and clients to share health information in a secure environment.    

Need a Ride?

Lack of transportation is a big barrier to care for some. If you need a ride to your medical appointments, our friendly driver will pick you up and return you home, no matter where you live in the region. Call 231-935-7548


Free, Confidential HIV Testing

We offer free, rapid (results in 20 minutes), and confidential HIV testing in our offices by appointment. We will travel for testing if needed. For more information, call us at 231-935-7548 or 844-820-2995.


Community Outreach and Education

Thomas Judd Care Center regularly meets with community partners (health departments, physician offices, shelters, addiction treatment centers, churches, and others) to assess their needs, provide referrals, and educate staff members. Please call us at 231-935-7548 or 844-820-2995 if you would like to arrange a meeting.

‘Rent’ Screening with Panel Discussion for World AIDS Day

A free screening of the movie “Rent” followed by a question-and-answer session are planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Cherry Blossom 14 Theater in Traverse City. The event is open to the public and free popcorn and beverages will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will not be accepted.

The movie and discussion are being sponsored by the Thomas Judd Care Center in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The day was first recognized in 1988 as a means to allow people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Northern Michigan HIV Summit

This free, one-day annual event is held each fall and is open to health care professionals and the public. Thomas Judd Care Center hosts speakers on current topics regarding HIV treatment, prevention, and other related topics. Continuing education credits are offered. Registration is required.

The next summit is scheduled for Monday, September 9, 2019, at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

Northern Lights 5K Fun Run

Each fall, Thomas Judd Care Center hosts a family-friendly, festive walk and run for those of all abilities to raise awareness about HIV in northern Michigan and the center’s services. The popular evening event includes participants wearing glow-in-the-dark and lighted swag. The run/walk begins and ends on the campus of Munson Medical Center, ventures through Traverse City, and along the shore of Grand Traverse Bay.

The next Fun Run is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.  


Who We Are

Mission

Thomas Judd Care Center promotes wellness and helps prevent transmissions of HIV by providing holistic-based services to improve the quality of life for individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in northern Michigan, from US 10 to the Mackinac Bridge.

Vision

Thomas Judd Care Center endeavors to create and sustain Michigan as a state free from HIV.

Where We Got Our Name

The Thomas Judd Care Center was founded in 1994 in honor of northern Michigan native Thomas Judd. Tom contracted HIV/AIDS at age 19 while living in New York City to pursue his education and a career in the arts. He became ill in 1982, long before the medical community had identified the virus that would claim the lives of more than 30 million people in the next 30 years.

After his diagnosis, Tom moved to Bellaire and decided it was his responsibility to urge young people to learn about the disease and take all precautions to avoid contracting HIV. He appeared on panels in community forums, hospitals, and local colleges. Following his death, the Thomas Judd Care Center was founded in memorial to his tireless work to educate the public about HIV/AIDS, and to promote understanding and compassion for those struggling with the disease. 

The Thomas Judd Care Center continues to provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the northern Michigan region.


Contact Us

Call us at 231-935-7548 to make an appointment, get screened, or complete a needs assessment.

Questions? Send us a note via our contact form. Your confidentiality is important to us.

 

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