HIV/AIDS Treatment Program

In 1995, in response to the AIDS epidemic, we established the HIV/AIDS Treatment Program (HATP), with Dr. Powel H. Kazanjian as the director. The program provides comprehensive care for the whole person. We utilize a multi-focused team approach that addresses not only the patient's medical needs, but also psychosocial needs. In addition to our Infectious Diseases faculty members who specialize in HIV care, our staff includes a psychiatrist, social workers, medical case managers, a nurse, medical assistants, and a dietician. Today, we follow approximately 900 patients with HIV infection and over 150 additional patients at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Mission and Goals

Our HIV/AIDS Treatment Program describes its mission with three goals:

  • Provide excellent comprehensive and longitudinal primary and specialty care for all people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Provide education and training along standards of quality related to HIV/AIDS care to other health providers, both within and outside of Michigan Medicine.
  • Maintain an active clinical research program, offering expanded access to new and promising treatments for all people living with HIV/AIDS.

Meet the Team

Division of Infectious Diseases Physicians

Department of Psychiatry

Social Workers

HIV/AIDS Treatment Program Social Workers L to R: Charletta Hill, MSW; Emily Hill, MSW; Samantha Hypes, BSW; Amy Jacobs, LMSW

HIV/AIDS Treatment Program Social Workers L to R: Maya Rowland, BSW; Angela Sylvester, BSW; Lisa Taton-Murphy, BSW

  • Charletta Hill, MSW – Clinical Social Worker in Retention to Care
  • Emily Hill, MSW – Clinical Social Worker for Behavior Change
  • Samantha Hypes, BSW – Medical Case Manager
  • Amy Jacobs, LMSW – Clinical Social Worker
  • Maya Rowland, BSW – Clinical Social Worker
  • Angela Sylvester, BSW – Health Educator Tobacco Cessation
  • Lisa Taton-Murphy, BSW – Medical Case Manager

Nurse

HIV/AIDS Treatment Program Nurse Mark Cichocki, RN – Clinical Nurse

Medical Assistants

HIV/AIDS Treatment Program Medical Assistants Davina Love Curtis, MA (Left) – Medical Assistant
Heather Simkiss, MA (Right) – Medical Assistant

Dietician

HIV/AIDS Treatment Program Medical Dietician Laura Garrity, MS, RD – Registered Dietician

Fellows

Our Research

In the past, we have focused our research efforts on the development of many of the antiretroviral medications that are presently in common use today. Currently, we are working on finding more long- term curative therapies by studying the HIV reservoir. In particular, we are interested in bone marrow stem cells as a reservoir site, as well as immune cells associated with the GI tract. We also are investigating strategies to improve HIV adherence in Mozambique. All of these studies are collaborative in nature and involve large teams leveraging their individual areas of expertise to solve complex problems.

Current Research Study Highlights

  • Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Disease Pathogenesis – In this study, we will soon be enrolling volunteers to donate a blood sample, a bone marrow aspirate, and/or a rectal biopsy to study the HIV reservoir in an effort to eventually develop curative treatments.
  • Interventions to Improve HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Sofala Province Mozambique – People newly diagnosed with HIV infection in Mozambique receive different types of incentives to determine which one improves antiretroviral adherence the most.
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children – Small towns in Mozambique who received government sponsored assistance programs are being evaluated to determine if these programs are effective at increasing HIV testing rates and improving adherence to HIV medications among many other variables being assessed.

Publications

Faculty Publications

Select Publications

Grants

Our HIV/AIDS Treatment Program (HATP) has received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program since 1995. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds grants to states, cities/counties, and local community-based organizations to provide care and treatment services to people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard-to-reach populations.

Our program currently receives Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C funding from HRSA and Part B funding through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Additionally, MDHHS also funds the HATP for tobacco cessation services. The HATP is funded to provide primary medical care services, mental health services, psychiatric services, nutritional services, medical case management, and emergency financial assistance. 

Patient Care

Please visit the HIV/AIDS Treatment Program on UofMHealth.org for more information.

Support Our Work

Making a gift to our program will support our research and understanding of HIV and AIDS in order to advance patient care. To make a gift, please visit the HIV/Aids Education & Research online giving page.