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. Thomas Judd care Center HIV Traverse City

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.

Check back for information on the 2022 Northern Michigan HIV Summit and enjoy speaker’s from the 2021 Summit here:

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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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.

Interested in self-testing? Fill out the brief form at this link and we'll mail you a free, at-home HIV test.  

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.

2022 Northern Michigan HIV Summit Virtual Conference

This free, one-day annual event 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.

Date: Monday, May 9, 2022 | Time: 10 am | Cost: FREE | Registration: Closed


Benjamin Raap, MPH, HIV, MCM

Benjamin RaapRaap is the Cancer Screening Project Navigator for the Cancer Prevention and Control Section of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This project aims to help people living with HIV get screened for colorectal, cervical, breast and lung cancer in Michigan.

Demetre Daskalakis, MD

Demetre DaskalakisDaskalakis is the CDC’s Director of the Division of HIV National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). He is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in HIV prevention and has focused much of his career on the treatment and prevention of HIV and other STIs as an activist physician with a focus on LGBTQIA+ communities.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Gallagher, actor and advocate

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher is an award-winning actor on stage, film and TV. He has appeared in over 50 films and is probably best known for his role as Sandy Cohen in on the hit TV series, The O.C, Chief Dodds in Law & Order: SVU, and currently, Nick in Grace and Frankie and Dr. Hamilton on Grey’s Anatomy. Gallagher received the Steve Chase Humanitarian Award from The Desert AIDS Project. He’ll discuss his experiences with how HIV/AIDS affected the New York theater scene and his close friends during the early 1980s, and his work with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Northern Lights 5K Fun Run

The sixth annual Northern Lights Fun Run is Friday, September 16. This family-friendly 5K aims to raise awareness of HIV care and prevention in northern Michigan.

The route takes participants from Munson Medical Center (Parking Lot K) through the Slabtown neighborhood and along the bay. Cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers. New this year are three $50 Spirit Awards for those who most do it up in the spirit of the Northern Lights Fun Run!

Click here to register for the fun run. We also need volunteers for race day; sign up here or contact us if you'd like to help. For more information, email or call 231-935-7548.

Who We Are


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.


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.