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Activists, officials urge mayor to hire CPDH head, reprioritize HIV spending - A group of community service providers and social-service agencies—as well as various aldermen and one member of Chicago Board of Health—are calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to hire a Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) agency head soon and reconfigure how city monies are distributed among agencies fighting HIV/AIDS. Ald. Raymond Lopez ( 15th Ward ) announced Aug. ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Oct. 5 - On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 18th annual event encourages participants to live true as they raise vital awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and 27 ...




Powerful AIDS group may be examined for use of federal funds - California state Sen. Ben Hueso ( D-Chula Vista ) has asked state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate if the AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) is fraudulently misusing savings from 340B—a federal drug-discount program designed to help poor patients, Politico reported. The program allows providers such as AHF to purchase drugs at a steep discount from pharmaceutical companies; said ...




We need to talk about the 'Pose' hospital episode right now - The TV show Pose, on FX, is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the themes, the characters, and—the aspect of the show closest to my heart and my critical eye — the disease that looms over it all. Trans writers and advocates are better qualified to remark, and have, on the ...




MillerCoors' 'Tap Into Change' running all summer - MillerCoors is celebrating Pride all summer long in Chicago through the "Tap Into Change" program, which will direct a portion of the proceeds from every MillerCoors product sold at select accounts toward non-profit organizations. The program will contribute up to $50,000 to local groups and agencies focused on LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS-related causes. Now in its eighth year, MillerCoors has donated ...




Military Experts, Medical Groups, HIV Advocates Oppose Discharge Policy for HIV-Positive Airmen - New York, NY — July 26, 2019 ) — Military leaders, medical associations, public health groups, and HIV advocates joined three friend-of-the court briefs filed yesterday in support of a federal lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's discriminatory policies, which prevent service members living with HIV from deploying to most locations outside the United States. These deployment restrictions recently resulted in decisions ...




Mineral Point to display AIDS Quilt - In Wisconsin, as part of Mineral Point's 3rd annual Pride celebration, sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt—the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS—will be on view Aug. 8-10 at the boyoyoboy! contemporary art gallery, 22 High St., Mineral Point. Mineral Point Pride is hosting this free display of ...




Chicagoan helps put AIDS Survivors Syndrome in the spotlight - Among the many effects of the AIDS crisis are the constellation of residual mental-health issues that can face individuals who cared for or lived with someone facing AIDS, or otherwise experienced the crisis on its proverbial front lines. Those issues—frequently grouped together under the label AIDS Survivors Syndrome—include forms of survivors' guilt and depression, among other symptoms. Until recently few ...




Incoming Chicago House CEO, board chair speak about the future - Both Michael Herman, the incoming CEO of Chicago House, and Ryan Garrison, that organization's new board chair, say that Chicago House that "has their heart." Herman is taking Chicago House's reins over from Scott Ammarell, who announced in March that he would be departing. Herman had previously done work with the organization but was, until recently, vice president of development ...




HIV/AIDS program head resigned after violating sexual-harassment policy - A report has stated that Eduardo Alvarado—the head of the Illinois Department of Public Health's HIV/AIDS program—resigned in May after it was recommended he be fired for violating the agency's sexual-harassment policy and verbally abusing staff, The Chicago Tribune noted. An investigation the Office of Executive Inspector General conducted also revealed that Alvarado falsified information on his initial application for ...




Cell Block parties to benefit HIV services - Cell Block, 3702 N. Halsted St., is holding a series of fundraising parties to benefit HIV services. The new owners of Cell Block—a longtime LGBT leather and kink space in Chicago's Boystown—said they're committing to a $10,000 fundraising goal for Center on Halsted's 2019 Chicago AIDS Run & Walk team. The Cell Block crew chose to get behind the Center ...




Moments in the Public Health Response to AIDS, CDPH LGBTQ Outreach Keynote June 28 - Chicago Department of Public Health LGBTQ Outreach Keynote Speech, given by Tracy Baim, June 28, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center The following keynote speech was given in an abbreviated form at the Chicago Department of Public Health Pride Reception June 28, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center. Antonio V. King, CDPH Public Health Administrator—LGBTQ Health & Outreach Liaison, introduced Chicago Reader Publisher and ...




Mayor Lightfoot promotes National HIV Testing Day, gets tested - Video below - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined representatives from Beyond Care and Walgreens to highlight the importance of HIV testing in observance of National HIV Testing Day ( NHTD ) Thursday, June 27. Mayor Lightfoot received an HIV test in front of a dozen media outlets at Walgreens' store at 3405 S. King Drive. The National HIV Testing Day Community Partnership is ...




Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS offering free tests June 27 - Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are partnering community organizations across Chicago to provide free, confidential HIV testing and counseling in 22 Chicago Walgreens locations, including one in Boystown ( at 3646 N. Broadway ), on Thursday, June 27—National HIV Testing Day. Between 10 a.m.-7 p.m., HIV tests will be administered ( no appointment needed ), with results delivered on-site. HIV ...




Aging with HIV focus of Reunion Project event - The Reunion Project 2.0—Chicago hosted a two day event focused on people aging with HIV June 14-15 at Loyola University's Water Tower Campus. The day-long employment resource event organized by National Working Positive Coalition took place June 14 with opening remarks by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Employment and Training Deputy Director Julio Rodriguez. Sessions included ...




Chicago House names new CEO - Chicago House announced that its board of trustees has appointed Michael Herman as its newest CEO. His term will begin July 8. Herman brings nearly 20 years of executive management and fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector to his new position. Most recently, he was vice president of development at Kohl Children's Museum, where he led the Play It Forward ...




Aging with HIV focus of upcoming Reunion Project 2.0 event - Five years ago, The Reunion Project hosted the first day-long summit for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS in Chicago. This year, the free summit, The Reunion Project 2.0—Chicago, will take place over two days—June 14-15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Loyola University Water Tower Campus. A national grassroots effort of survivors of HIV, The Reunion Project is the host of the ...




Dr. Tom Klein: Helping patients through Man Up Medical, own practice - Dr. Thomas Klein has an extensive career in family medicine and has added to it with Man Up Medical, a different venture helping to improve men's self-esteem and sex lives. Klein, a Detroit native, knew he wanted to be a medical doctor from a young age. At 4, he was hospitalized and, during that time, he was inspired to go ...




Reunion Project 2.0 event June 14-15 - The Reunion Project 2.0—Chicago will convene June 14-15 at Loyola University-Water Tower campus. As part of the event, The Reunion Project will be hosting its second Chicago Town Hall "HIV, Aging, Surviving and Thriving: A Family Reunion," which will provide education and information on issues and strategies of people living and aging with HIV, including a keynote address by Dr. ...




Author documents straight women on front lines of AIDS crisis - A new book by Chicago author Victoria Noe pays tribute to dozens of unsung heroes of the AIDS/HIV crisis, chronicling myriad contributions from straight women who, since the early '80s, have intervened in numerous capacities to give aid and comfort to those persons impacted by the infection. "They felt compelled to help, knowing that they'd get little to no recognition, ...




Fifth annual 'Belt Fest' May 13 - Jeff Award-winning director and HIV-positive activist Christopher Pazdernik is presenting his fifth anniversary of Belt Fest—a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health—on Monday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at The Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Jeff Award winner Veronica Garza will host the event, which will feature more than 20 award-winning musical theater performers singing showtunes. Admission is $30-$40 ...




NATIONAL Child-abuse bill, anti-trans attacks, Ariz. HIV/AIDS bill, Michigan gym - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine ( D-Virginia ) introduced legislation for the first time ever that seeks to protect LGBT kids from child abuse, The Washington Blade reported. The Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act seeks to prevent the mistreatment of LGBT youth. According to 2011 analysis from the National Institutes for Health, LGBT youth are 3.8 times to face sexual abuse and ...




Chicagoan recalls challenges of overcoming HIV stigma - For Chicagoan Terence Steward II, living with HIV "drove" how he lived his life during his twenties. "I was super-private, discreet, by myself, depressed, very 'smoky' and mysterious," Steward recalled. "I kept to myself. I was in the Twilight Zone. Coming out of college, I had no idea how to handle myself. What I did was by trial-and-error, and day-by-day." ...




NATIONAL Teen PrEP bill, conversion therapy, Laverne Cox, murder-suicide - Maryland lawmakers have approved a bill allowing minors to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, without obtaining parental consent as a way to prevent the spread of HIV among youth, Metro Weekly reported. The House of Delegates voted 111-19 in favor of SB 251, sponsored by Sen. Clarence Lam ( D-Baltimore, Howard counties ), which would allow doctors, nurse practitioners, and ...




TPAN launches Paws N' Effect program for HIV+ clients - TPAN, Lurie Children's Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Division Head and TPAN Board of Directors member Dr. Rob Garofalo and Felines & Canines adoption center held a kick-off event for a new program, Paws N' Effect, March 31 at Felines & Canines on Chicago's North Side. The program's goal is to provide TPAN's adult HIV-positive clients who qualify with a ...




AFC hosts 'Take My Hand' at summit - On March 15, ViiV Healthcare hosted a performance of "Take My Hand" as part of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC's ) Women's Connection Summit. According to Cynthia Tucker, vice president of prevention and community partnerships at AFC "The Women's Connection Summit was created to help females who are on parole/probation obtain assistance to overcome barriers to success, including ...




Dance for Life Chicago announces 2019 lineup for Aug. 17 event - Dance for Life Chicago announces a lineup of popular companies and artists returning to the stage Aug. 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago. Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which this year is followed by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago. ...




New Art Institute exhibit spotlights professor/HIV activist - During his 30 years of documenting the AIDS crisis, Gregg Bordowitz has learned that people can be resilient, fragile and powerful when organizing toward change. The artist/activist/professor started recording the AIDS epidemic and his personal experience when he was diagnosed with HIV at age 23 as a coping mechanism. He was part of the ACT UP movement in New York, ...




WORLD Brazilian video, HIV incidents down, Malaysia's problems - Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has sparked outrage, disgust and ridicule after tweeting a pornographic video in an apparent attempt to hit back at criticism of his administration during this year's carnival, The Guardian noted. Revellers across the country have used the annual street party as an opportunity to protest against their extremist leader, who is notorious for his homophobic ...




WORLD Egypt summit, HIV remission, trans lingerie brand - At a summit with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, out gay Ireland leader Leo Varadkar has called for "universal" respect for LGBT+ rights, PinkNews noted. Varadkar stressed the pace of change in Ireland, which has welcomed same-sex marriage and reforms on abortion despite its conservative Catholic history. Many of the countries represented by the ...




D'Emilio looks back at '80s AIDS Crisis - Scholar and author John D'Emilio spoke Feb. 21 at Gerber/Hart Library and Archive about AIDS activism in the '80s and '90s. The talk, AIDS and Its Impact: 1981-1992, was third in a four-part history lecture series that D'Emilio has been presenting at the library, where he serves as board president. He recapped how politics shifted towards the right in the ...




NATIONAL Gay-club owner, HIV/AIDS news, Nashville feat, Roxane Gay - The proprietor of a gay nightclub in El Paso, Texas, is under fire for attending a rally in support of President Trump, then posting photographic evidence on his Instagram page, Yahoo! News noted. Johnny Alcantar—one of five owners of the Old Plantation, locally known as the OP—posted a photo of himself and four friends holding up a "Trump: Keep America ...




AHF opens Boystown thrift store - With Congressman Mike Quigley in attendance, AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) President Michael Weinstein and others held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the organization's 20th overall thrift store Feb. 16 at 3311 N. Halsted St., in Chicago's Boystown. Others who attended included Jonathan Kreuyer, general manager of AHF's Out of the Closet thrift stores; Donna Tempesta, vice president ...




Chicagoan among Pedro Zamora scholarship honorees - Karlo Manzo-Arroyo, a freshman at the University of Illinois in Chicago, is among 10 undergraduate students nationally who have been honored by The National AIDS Memorial, through its Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, according to a press release. Named in honor of Zamora—an AIDS educator, activist and reality-television pioneer who passed away 25 years-ago from an AIDS-related illness—the scholarship has ...




New Network of Black HIV Policy Advocates Tackle HIV in Black Communities in the South - Dallas, Texas - Today, the Southern Black Policy & Advocacy Network, a non-profit focused on improving health outcomes and reducing social and economic disparities impacting Black communities living in the U.S. South, launched the Southern Black HIV/AIDS Network's Advisory Council to provide strategic direction, and organize Black leaders in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. South. The ...




AHF Applauds President's Commitment to End HIV Epidemic in US - WASHINGTON ( February 5, 2019 ) AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) applauded President Trump for his commitment to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S., made this evening in his State of the Union address: "In recent years, we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once distant dream within ...




All That He Was benefit concert March 11 at Pride Arts Center - All That He Was, the 25th Anniversary Benefit Concert on March 11, 2019 at Pride Arts Center will support Pride Films and Plays and Chicago-area AIDS services charities including AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ). For one night only, Pride Arts Center will host a benefit concert presentation of the ...




Chicagoland Theatres raise over $300,000 to support Season of Concern - CHICAGO, IL - Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in the theatre community who are experiencing the effects of illness or injury and also provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations and The Actors Fund, has announced a record high collection drive of over $300,000. "Each year, dozens of theatres ...




National Black Justice Coalition Demands Justice for Victims of Ed Buck - WASHINGTON, DC— This week, another young Black man died in the home of Ed Buck, a wealthy Democratic donor who was previously investigated after another Black man, Gemmel Moore, died from a drug overdose at Buck's home in 2017. Both deaths led to protests over the handling of the investigation and Buck, who was never charged. In response to the ...




AFC holds Getting to Zero draft-plan webinar with stakeholders - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) held a Getting to Zero ( GTZ ) Illinois project draft plan webinar Dec. 19 with community stakeholders. The project is coordinated by AFC and the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health and has partnerships with a host of organizations, providers and agencies across the state. GTZ Illinois Program Manager Sara Semelka ...




Season of Concern awards $93K - Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness, and provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations—has announced the awarding of $93,000 to 18 local HIV/AIDS organizations. The recipients are AIDS Legal Council, Alexian Brothers, CALOR, Care to Prevent, Catholic Charities, Center on Halsted, Chicago House, ...




HIV+ Air Force members discharged, OutServe-SLDN Lambda Legals sue - ( WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2018 ) — Today, OutServe-SLDN AND Lambda Legal, with partner law firm Winston & Strawn, filed a lawsuit on behalf of two HIV-positive members of the United States Air Force who were given discharge orders just days before the holiday season. Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed the lawsuit, Roe and Voe v. Mattis, in the ...




WORLD Depression study, HIV conference, Kenya attack - In England, research has found that young lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, The Guardian reported. LGB 16-to 21-year-olds are four times more likely to have felt depressed, harmed themselves and thought about killing themselves, according to a study based on interviews with ...




Gerber/Hart unveils AIDS-awareness stamps - On Dec. 13, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives unveiled a new exhibit among its collection of LGBTQ historical records: Red Ribbon for AIDS awareness stamps. This marked the 25th anniversary of the stamps' circulation in the United States Postal Service in an effort to increase AIDS awareness. The exhibit features stamps and other AIDS-awareness memorabilia including pins, license plates and Scout ...




Providers launch statewide plan to stop new HIV infections - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) and Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), all in conjunction with numerous other agencies and organizations, officially launched their Getting to Zero initiative Dec. 3, and are asking the public to weigh in. The project, whose kickoff at the DuSable Museum of African ...




Day With(out) Art screening Dec. 15 - Visual AIDS' Chicago marquee screening of Alternate Endings, Activist Risings on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. After the screening, there will be a panel with Coleman Goode ( AIDS Foundation of Chicago ), Mary Patten ( School of the Art Institute of Chicago ) and Pamela Sneed ( Visual ...




WORLD Marriage news, HIV prosecution, Cuba travel - The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on Dec. 5, reiterated her support of marriage rights for same-sex couples, The Washington Blade noted. "There's only one race in the world and that's the human race," said Margarette May Macaulay during a hearing on marriage rights for same-sex couples in the Americas that took place at the commission's headquarters ...




NATIONAL 24th trans death, HIV lab closing, Biden, asylum brief - Three years after a trans woman in her Detroit neighborhood was killed, Keanna Mattel became the latest transgender victim of violence, INTO reported. Mattel died two blocks away from the spot where her transgender neighbor Amber Monroe was gunned down in August 2015; Mattel was also shot. Police have arrested and charged 46-year-old Albert Weathers, of Sterling Heights, in connection ...




'STRUT' show marks World AIDS Day - The 10th annual STRUT fashion show took place Dec. 2 at the Promontory. The evening featured a runway fashion show with 14 different designers and boutiques as well as speakers ranging from AIDS activists to healthcare organizations. Regarding the fashion show, models of all body types and ages wore street wear, suits, underwear and more. he work was quite creative: ...




Chicago sees fewest new HIV infections in decades - According to Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), the City of Chicago saw 752 new HIV infections in 2017. "The Illinois Department of Public Health [IDPH] is committed to getting to zero new infections in the next decade, so these kind of figures fit into that," said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, MD. This number is among surveillance figures ...




World AIDS Day 2018 ramblings - I arrived at Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, ready and eager to be honorably discharged, on March 18, 1980. I was lucky enough to get to spend two weeks in San Francisco before coming home to Chicago. It was like being in Mecca for this young gay lad. I explored the area: cruising the streets of The ...




LETTER A matter of urgency - In recognition of World AIDS Day ( which took place Dec. 1 ) and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) Executive Director David Johns released the following statement: "We recognize those we have lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and acknowledge the work still required ...




NATIONAL Gay doctor, PFLAG death, Emma Gonzalez, 'pumping' - NBC News recently profiled Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, who the outlet called the "radical gay doctor" behind New York City's declining HIV rate. Daskalakis—deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the world's largest public health agencies—has promoted a framework for treatment and prevention strategy that he calls ...




'Stand Up for Red' marks World AIDS Day - On Nov. 29, Center on Halsted partnered with DIFFA/Chicago to host the second annual Stand Up For Red indoor street festival, bringing together local restaurants, musicians and artists to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in preparation for World AIDS Day. The Center's gymnasium was arranged to simulate a street fest, complete with lights strung up over the booths and the air savory ...




Study finds young Black men have higher HIV rates, despite less unsafe sex - A new Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study says that young Black men who have sex with men ( MSM ) are 16 times more likely to have an HIV infection than their white peers—despite more frequent testing for HIV and being less likely to have unsafe sex. The study was recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency ...




World of Chocolate provides dessert for a good cause - Hundreds of community members visited AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) annual World of Chocolate celebration and fundraiser at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, on Nov. 30. Nearly two dozen vendors from across the region participated, among them CH Distillery, Chocolat Uzma, Sofitel Chicago magnificent Mile, Langman & Eagle, Terry's Toffee, Vanilla, Starbucks, Hilton Chicago & Towers, ...




AFC holds World AIDS Day breakfast talk - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) held a World AIDS Day breakfast event Nov. 30 at AFC headquarters in the Loop. Community leaders joined AFC's Community Organizing Manager Coleman Goode to discuss future legislative priorities. Goode explained that AFC's legislative agenda and policy priorities for 2019 and 2020 will be driven by the results of a survey that was ...




Planned Parenthood Doubles Down on HIV/AIDS Prevention on World AIDS Day - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, on the eve of the 30th annual World AIDS Day, Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, is doubling down on Planned Parenthood's commitment to HIV/AIDS testing and treatment. In the past year Planned Parenthood health centers have administered more than 740,000 HIV tests — a five percent ...




National Black Justice Coalition on Impact of HIV/AIDS Epidemic on Black communities - WASHINGTON — In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1 and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ), released the following statement: "We recognize those we have lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and acknowledge the work still required ...




World AIDS Day events in Chicago - A number of community organizations are hosting events this weekend in observance of World AIDS Day, which officially takes place Dec. 1. Below are some of them: Wed., Nov. 28 —Roosevelt University will host a series of campus-wide events for a day of Education, Advocacy, and Action for those living with HIV and in support World AIDS Day. Events will ...




Transgender man talks of survival, HIV, self-acceptance - When listening to Brian Belovitch recount the first 30 to 40 years of his life, it's hard not to wonder how he survived it all. He admits that his journey almost killed him. It's ironic because so much of that journey was about survival, making choices based on how to stay safe and also trying to make those around him ...




NATIONAL AIDS memorial, HIV news, Texas A&M, Nancy Pelosi - As people from around the world come together on Saturday, Dec. 1, to commemorate World AIDS Day, the National AIDS Memorial ( in San Francisco ) will bring together more than 1,600 supporters, friends and loved ones for two days of events to pay tribute to the lives lost and convey an important message of hope for the future, a ...




VIEWPOINT A short film for World AIDS Day has arrived. Watch it now. - Stop what you're doing. An exhilarating new short film produced especially for people living with HIV ( PLHIV ) is about to grab your heart and make you stand up and cheer. To commemorate World AIDS Day 2018, the Sero Project has released Sing Your Song, a short film illustrating the life-changing value of PLHIV networks. It turns the typically ...




Illinois HIV Care Connect offers Good Health Is More Than Health Care Quiz, resouces - Springfield, Ill. — As part of a continuing effort to assist people living with HIV who are affected by social determinants of health, Illinois HIV Care Connect today introduced "Good Health Is More Than Health Care" web content to support the "Good Health Is More Than Health Care" Quiz. People living with HIV are encouraged to review the content and ...




Erie marks success in HIV-suppression rates - BChicago-based Erie Family Health Centers announced in late October that it had reached its highest-ever success rates—about 93.4 percent—in HIV-positive patients achieving suppressed viral loads. About 49 percent of Americans living with HIV are virally suppressed. Advocates and health providers look upon viral suppression as a key prong in public health strategies to reduce or—as in Illinois—potentially eliminate altogether new ...




HIV/AIDS researcher receives MacArthur Genius Grant - It seems unlikely in this social media ravaged climate to find a humble genius among us, but Yale University Assistant Professor Gregg Gonsalves has set the bar high. $625,000 with no strings attached high. Gonsalves, a 54-year-old epidemiologist and global health advocate, was just dubbed a recipient of the 2018 MacArthur "Genius" Grant. The human rights and public health researcher ...




Dishing Indulgence, the World of Chocolate World AIDS Day Gala returns - The annual holiday gala, World of Chocolate gala, raises funds and HIV awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) hosts Chicago's premier World AIDS Day event, on Friday, Nov. 30 6 to 9 p.m. at Revel Fulton Market. Guests will enjoy the delicious signature creations of chocolatiers and chefs from over 23 ...




Volledig, Emptied of Shame, Full of Life, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 - Chicago, IL — Volledig: Emptied of Shame: Full of Life represents the stories of the artists in this project — what they experienced living through the AIDS Crisis, how they survived it, and how they are living in a world that still stigmatizes HIV and doesn't provide equal care to everyone who is affected by HIV/AIDS. It is also our ...




Video program explores Art, AIDS and activism in Chicago - Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago—a traveling screening that Visual AIDS and QUEER, ILL + OKAY presented—was showcased Oct. 20 at Pride Arts Center. The video program showed the history of fighting AIDS and HIV in Chicago and bringing awareness to non-LGBTQ communities with 30 years of media production by activists, journalists, artists and educators working against the disease. ...




'The Last Session' musical tackles AIDS - More than 675,000 people in the United States have died of HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the '80s according to the Center for Disease Control. Another 1.2 million Americans currently live with the virus. Yet the further away we withdraw from the original crisis, the less that average Americans know about both the disease and its ...




Doc explores Art, AIDS and activism in Chicago - Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago—a traveling documentary that Visual AIDS and QUEER, ILL + OKAY presented—premiered Oct. 20 at Pride Arts Center. The documentary showed the history of fighting AIDS and HIV in Chicago and bringing awareness to non-LGBTQ communities with 30 years of media production by activists, journalists, artists and educators working against the disease. Ranging from ...




Legislation Would Expand Care for LGBT Elders, People With HIV - [New York, NY] — Yesterday, D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced first-of-its-kind legislation to better protect and support LGBT elders and older people living with HIV in the District of Columbia. The bill, modeled after similar efforts in Massachusetts and California, adds LGBT elders and older people with HIV to the list of those older people in the District who are ...




HIV Care Connect releases health quiz - In an effort to assist Illinois residents living with HIV who are affected by social determinants of health, Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced the "Good Health Is More Than Health Care" Quiz. People living with HIV are encouraged to take the quiz, which is at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4562185/Good-Health-Is-More-Than-Health-Care-Quiz. For more about Illinois HIV Care Connect, visit HIVCareConnect.com. ...




TPA pioneers remember early days - Guest View - Since last September, in preparation of Test Positive Aware Network's ( TPA's ) 30th-anniversary celebration, I've heard and read several accounts about the beginning of TPA and even more during the event and afterward. I've been very disturbed at the number of inaccuracies in so many of these stories and feel the need set the record "straight" to ensure the ...




AIDS Garden Chicago announces Keith Haring Foundation partnership - Earlier this year, historians and LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS and park advocates came together to create AIDS Garden Chicago to memorialize Chicago's fight against HIV/AIDS. The 2.5-acre lakefront garden will be located at the former site of the Belmont Rocks in Lakeview and share the space with the Chicago Park District. Fiscal sponsorship of the garden will be administered by the Chicago ...




AIDS Run & Walk unveils 'Live True. Be You' at annual event - Amidst perfect weather conditions, approximately 2,500 participants gathered for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) 17th annual AIDS Run & Walk Sept. 23 at Soldier Field. This year's theme was "Live True. Be You." Since the event began 16 years ago, over $5 million has been raised to help many organizations do their work. AFC and 34 CommunityDirect ...




HIV/AIDS and aging focus of webinar - On HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Sept. 18, a Gilead-sponsored webinar, "Aging with HIV/AIDS: Advocacy Initiatives Focused on a Healthier Future," took place featuring remarks by ACRIA Center on HIV and Aging at GMHC Research Senior Director Stephen Karpiak, Latino Commission on AIDS Capacity Building, Research and Evaluation Director David Garcia, NMAC ( formerly National Minority AIDS Council ) Treatment ...




Five Worth Finding: Glamping, AIDS Run & Walk, and more - —Glamping at The Gwen ( https://www.thegwenchicago.com/rooms-suites/glamping/ ): Time is winding down to enjoy the glamping experience at the upscale River North hotel The Gwen, on the private terrace of the Gwen Lux Suite. As you can imagine, it's not cheap—but the 16-foot-wide Lotus Belle Tent includes the queen-sized Black Pearl bed, which has to be experienced to be believed. ( ...




Chicagoan raises money and pride walking to fight HIV/AIDS - Christopher Pazdernik was filled with fear and shame that day in 2009 when he learned he is HIV-positive. "I was so embarrassed and terrified; I had no idea what was going to happen next," he said. "At first, I had to come to terms with it myself, just like I did with my sexuality, and honestly, that took a few ...




NATIONAL Third-gender option, HIV+ military, intersex guide, West Hollywood - People born in New York City who don't identify as male or female will have the option of changing their birth certificates to "X'' under legislation the City Council passed, a U.S. News & World Report item noted. The bill, approved 41-6, will also allow parents to choose the "X'' designation for their newborns, and it will allow adults to ...




Court Rules Case Challenging Defense Dept. HIV Discrimination Can Proceed - ( Alexandria, VA September 14, 2018 ) — Today, a Virginia federal court ruled a case filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP, challenging the military's discriminatory policies governing the enlistment, deployment, and promotion of service members living with HIV will continue by denying the government's motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs' ...




One in four young gay men have never been tested for HIV - The Williams Institute—Only 4% of sexually active gay and bisexual men in the U.S. use Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) and 25% of young sexually active gay and bisexual men have never been tested for HIV. The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that only 4% of sexually active gay and bisexual men in the United ...




2018 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Encourages Community to "Live True. Be You." - CHICAGO — On Sunday, Sept. 23, HIV advocates from across Chicago will live true at the 2018 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 17th annual event will raise awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago( AFC ) and 34 CommunityDirect partners, with proceeds benefiting programs and services improving the lives of Chicagoans living with ...




Queer, Ill + Okay hosts 'HIV/AIDS in the Age of PrEP' - QUEER, ILL + OKAY ( QIO ), in partnership with Howard Brown Health, hosted a panel discussion focusing on HIV/AIDS in the Age of PrEP August 8 at Center on Halsted ( the Center ). Panelists included Howard Brown Health's Associate Director of Community Engagement Serette B. King; trans advocate and #PrEP4Love model and Community Ambassador Bevy Ross; rapper and ...




WORLD Report on LGBTQ groups, Costa Rica marriage, Kenyan HIV lab - A report has found that nearly half of the world's countries do not allow LGBTQ groups to organize without threat of arrest or state violence, NewNowNext.com noted. Only 56 percent of countries—109 out of 194—freely allow such groups, according to data analysis from LGBTQ organization OutRight Action International, published Aug. 7. The report, "The Global State of LGBTIQ Organising: The ...




U=U HIV event on Aug. 16 - On Thursday, Aug. 16, 1-6 p.m., "U=U" will celebrate the science and advocacy that has shown that people living with HIV on successful antiretroviral treatment —meaning their viral load is undetectable for at least six month—are not capable of transmitting HIV sexually to their HIV-negative partners. The event will be at Rush Center of Excellence, 1725 W Harrison St. Speakers ...




GUEST VIEW: AIDS then and global anti-LGBTQ persecution now--We know what to do - I've been here before. I hear it in their stories. Fearful of rejection by their own families, silenced by a fiercely homophobic culture, abandoned by friends who dare not associate with them, they fear for their lives. Each of them faces an onslaught of trauma: bodies beaten, homes lost, livelihoods stolen, the threat of death becoming the ultimate "quarantine." I've ...




Howard Brown Health Presents "Let's Talk About PrEP" song and music video - From a press release, video below - CHICAGO, July 27, 2018 — Today, Howard Brown Health unveiled a new song and music video, "Let's Talk About PrEP," to continue raising the visibility of pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) in the fight against HIV. Performed by Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz, and featuring Big Dipper as well as local influencers, the song is a cover of Salt-N-Pepa's classic hit ...




Lambda Legal, Black AIDS Institute start "CUT THE STIGMA" to end HIV discrimination - From a press release - ( Los Angeles. July 25, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and the Black AIDS Institute ( BAI ) launched CUT THE STIGMA, a joint public education campaign focused on Black communities developed to dispel misconceptions surrounding the transmission of HIV and reduce HIV stigma and its resulting discrimination. The campaign was developed in conjunction with a complaint filed in ...




Activists discuss fighting laws about HIV transmission - Laws criminalizing the transmission of HIV/AIDS are outdated, perpetuate stigma, and give incentives for not knowing ones' own HIV status, say experts. In a July 18 webinar, "HIV Criminalization 101," Attorney Scott Schoettes of Lambda Legal and activist Robert Suttle of SERO Project discussed such laws and their implications for Illinois. Tuttle discussed his own conviction for transmitting the infection, ...




Mother-son team on Chicago House, other endeavors - Christine "Chris" Bagley and her son, Derek Bagley, have always had a passion for giving back to causes and organizations that provide the most direct services to those in need through their Chris and Derek Bagley Family Foundation. For the past three years ( and next year ), their foundation has been a presenting sponsor of the Chicago House Spring ...




Sykes, Rippon at Sept. 14 Chicago House Speaker Series event - Chicago House—which provides housing and support for those living with HIV/AIDS—has announced its 8th Speaker Series, with Wanda Sykes and Adam Rippon as headliners, on Friday, Sept. 14, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Local NBC reporter Chris Hush will emcee the event. Sykes, an out stand-up comedian and actress, received ...




WORLD Elton John, AIDS confab, Israeli rally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 24, Prince Harry joined Sir Elton John on the second day of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam—where the two will launch the new MenStar Coalition, a global partnership aimed at researching and halting male transmission of HIV infections, with the goal of ending AIDS by 2030, USA Today noted. John shares a close relationship with Prince Harry ...




Global human rights advocates say no 2020 AIDS conference in Trump's USA - From a news release - Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 23 - Terrorizing immigrants. Family separations. Detentions. Targeting sex workers and LGBTQ communities. Global Gag Rule. War on people who use drugs. Closed borders. The wall. Police brutality. Racist violence grounded in white supremacy. This is Trump's U.S.A. Despite this hostile environment, this March, the International AIDS Society ( IAS ) announced San Francisco as the host ...




Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN Ask Court to Stop Discharges of HIV+ Service Members - From a news release - ( Alexandria, VA. July 19, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP, asked a federal court to halt implementation of a new Department of Defense policy resulting in the discharge of service members living with HIV. The motion for a preliminary injunction filed in Harrison v. Mattis—a case challenging ...




Day of Unity makes HIV/AIDS a social justice issue - According to activist Rev. Doris Green, who heads up Chicago-based Men and Women in Prison Ministries, the Day of Unity, which this year takes place July 15, represents a day to "acknowledge the impact" of HIV/AIDS within the Black community. The occasion was first marked in 2011 by NAACP and other stakeholders as part of a larger initiative to incorporate ...




EJAF Founder Elton John and Duke of Sussex to announce new global AIDS coalition - From a news release - NEW YORK — July 12, 2018 — The Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ), an international leader in the global fight to end AIDS, and the International AIDS Society ( IAS ) today announced that Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex will launch a new global coalition focused on treating HIV infections in men at the 2018 ...




PASSAGES Activist Arthur Gursch dies at 72 - Longtime LGBTQ activist Arthur Gursch died June 22. He was 72. He was born on April 23, 1946. Art was an LGBTQ activist for nearly 50 years. He also identified with the struggles of other oppressed people and felt it in no way compromised his commitment to the LGBT movement. In fact, it was just the opposite; early on, he ...




West Side event attacks HIV/AIDS stigma - by Ashley Collins - "Stigma Starts with Me" were the words written in red on the front of many individuals as they wore their shirts proudly claiming that they were defying stigmas. That phrase was also the name of a June 27 event/press conferrence that members of the Men & Women in Prison Ministries ( MWIPM ) and the Rev. Doris Green ( who ...




Walgreens, AIDS group offering free testing - Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a national public-information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, AIDS-service organizations and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in more than 180 cities on National HIV Testing Day on Wed., June 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Local agencies will be at ...







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