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Greater Than AIDS series on YouTube - From a press release - This latest installment of the popular Greater Than AIDS YouTube series #AskTheHIVDoc is "All about PrEP!" Because HIV should never stand in the way of LOVE! Top HIV docs Dr. Demetre Daskalakis and Dr. David Malebranche answer YOUR questions about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis — the daily pill to prevent HIV. The questions cover a broad range of topics, from how effective ...




HIV Care Connect reworks education on HIV, mental health - Among the questions on Illinois HIV Care Connect's HIV and Mental Health Quiz is 'people living with HIV and a mental health condition have a more difficult time achieving viral suppression: True or False?" According to Illinois Health Association Assistant Director for Programs and Compliance Jeffery M. Erdman, his colleague/HIV Project Manager Michael Maginn and Illinois HIV Care Connect Communications ...




Black HIV/AIDS event addresses progress, challenges - Ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( Feb. 7 ), members of the West Side HIV/AIDS Resource Provider Council ( WHARP ), U.S. Congressman. Danny K. Davis ( IL- 07 ) Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins ( IL-16 ) and Rep. LaShawn K. Ford ( IL-08 ) joined representatives from the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, The ...




TPP signing undercuts U.S. commitment to LGBTQ equality, HIV/AIDS fight - From a Pride at Work press release - Washington — Today, in Auckland, New Zealand, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, along with his counterparts from other Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) countries, will sign the secretly negotiated trade deal despite numerous flaws, significant opposition, and an unclear path for passage in the US Congress. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement in response: "Though ...




Nat'l Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day marked with Red Ribbon Cash Scratch Off Ticket - From a press release - ( February 1, 2016 ) CHICAGO, IL - In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2016, U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis, IL 7th District, WHARP ( Westside HIV/AIDS Regional Planning Council ) and over 50 invited community leaders and nonprofit organizations join together to host their annual press conference at Mile Square Health Clinic on Friday, February ...




'PrEP4Love' campaign launched - The Chicago PrEP Working Group ( CPWG ) launched PrEP4Love, a citywide, sex-positive media campaign designed to increase awareness of PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Photography with the tagline "One pill. Once a day. Protect against HIV." is displayed in ads throughout Chicago on CTA trains and buses, as well as in ...




Presidential candidates answer survey on plans to end HIV and AIDS epidemic - From a Gay Men's Health Crisis press release - New York, NY: Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) - the world's first and leading HIV and AIDS service organization - sent all of the candidates running for president a survey asking about their plans to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic on December 3, 2015. The purpose of the survey was not to endorse a candidate, but rather ...




Creating Change plenary addresses HIV/AIDS in trans women, Black men - Videos below article - Health officials and advocates discussed the successes and gaps in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS at a plenary talk at the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 23. Phill Wilson opened by recalling the day when he was told that he had HIV. "When I was diagnosed with HIV, my doctors told me to go home, get my affairs in order, ...




Doors open at Chicago House event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago House and Social Service Agency continually opens the door for people stricken by poverty, homelessness, and AIDS through providing housing, medical services, and legal help among other things. Marking 30 years of service had the organization breaking down more doors with a Jan. 13 fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts, Inc. in the Ravenswood area. Titled "Another Door Opens," attendees witnessed ...




Prominent South African jurist, AIDS policy activist at Northwestern - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. — Edwin Cameron, one of South Africa's most prominent jurists and who stunned the public by revealing his HIV-positive status, will deliver two public lectures next week at Northwestern University. A fierce critic of former South African president Thabo Mbeki's AIDS policies, Cameron will reflect on efforts to move toward a nonracial, nonsexist and egalitarian nation, using what ...




Chicagoans among 'Advocates to Watch' - Northwestern University pediatrics professor Robert Garofalo and Howard Brown Health Center youth counselor Cassie Warren are among the "16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016." The list is generated each year by Mark S. King on his blog, MyFabulousDisease.com, and highlighted in Plus magazine. Garofalo is known for his founding of the organization Fred Says ( named after his dog ...




World: AIDS conference; Grindr and China; Estonia partnership law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 21st International AIDS Conference will take place in Durban, South Africa, on July 18-22—and scholarships are available for the event, according to its website. The website says, "The conference organizers are committed to doubling the number of scholarships for AIDS 2016 to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and ...




AIDS Foundation of Chicago praises Congress' budget - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has praised Congress' budget deal, noting that the governmental body "made several noteworthy bipartisan commitments in their support for domestic HIV/AIDS programming," according to its website. Among the aspects of funds that AFC lauded are: —Ensuring integrity of all aspects of Ryan White funding with no cuts or consolidation; —Restoring proposed cuts to ...




Fred Says giving $50K to HIV groups - The Chicago-based charity Fred Says will be giving $50,000 across the United States to organizations supporting HIV-positive youth, with two large "impact grants" at $10,000 going to Test Positive Awareness Network ( Chicago ) and Lost-and-Found ( Atlanta ). The money is being given to provide fiscal support for any advocacy going on that helps educated the public about the ...




Sidetrack hosts Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit - Several of the cast members of touring shows for The Lion King and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical joined forces to raise money on their one night off from work. "Can You Feel the Earth Move?: A Holiday Cabaret to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" brought in a full house Dec. 14 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack. Choosing from a mix ...




Restrictions on blood donations eased; limitations lead to controversy - While key limitations still apply, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Dec. 21 that it was easing some restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Previous restrictions, which had been in place for about 32 years, included a "lifetime deferral" for gay and bisexual men, meaning any men who had ever had sex with men since 1977 ...




Trans exhibit at Columbia; HIV/AIDS exhibit at medical museum - Trans exhibit at Columbia thru Feb. Columbia College Chicago's Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., presents "Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics," which is open Dec. 10, 2015-Feb. 13, 2016. The reception will be Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, 5-8 p.m. Jeanne Vaccaro and Stamatina Gregory are the curators, with Cooper Union organizing. Taking its title from ...




WORLD AIDS DAY Center on Halsted event offers info, inspiration - The Center on Halsted's World AIDS Day event Dec. 5 was as much about information as commemoration. Booths lined the Center's third-floor lobby, representing organizations that included Lurie Children's Hospital, Janssen, the American Red Cross, Howard Brown Health Center, TPAN, Chicago House and Gilead Sciences. Each table was packed with leaflets and educational materials. HIV and STI testing was also ...




National roundup: AIDS items; Campus Pride list; Michael Johnson report - The White House issued a release marking World AIDS Day. The proclamation stated, in part, "On World AIDS Day, we remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the triumphs earned through the efforts of scores of advocates and providers, pledge our support for those at risk for or living with HIV, and rededicate our talents and efforts to ...




HIV testing van takes inaugural ride into Chicago communities - From a press release - Chicago, IL — On World AIDS Day, Association House of Chicago launched the "Know Your Status Project", an HIV outreach program that includes a mobile HIV testing van, education materials, and prevention strategies that target identified high-risk areas in Chicago. The mobile testing unit seeks hard to reach residents to provide one-minute HIV testing, and immediate linkages to care for ...




WORLD AIDS DAY Vida/SIDA event celebrates, remembers and challenges - "The time to act is now." It is the prevailing theme of the 2015 World AIDS Day—one which reverberated throughout Vida/SIDA event held at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ) Dec. 1. The standing-room-only audience packed into the PRCC in solidarity with that motive as the lights were drawn down and they each held candles aloft in silent ...




Black Lives Matter forum explores HIV and Stigma - The stigma against persons living with HIV is perpetuated by numerous societal institutions, among them the law enforcement community, the healthcare system, the juvenile justice system and church communities. The impact from that institutional stigma, particularly as it relates to African Americans, was the focus of a daylong forum, Black Lives Matter: HIV, Stigma and Violence, on World AIDS Day, ...




Condom campaign launched at World AIDS Day event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) unveiled its Chicago Wears Condoms campaign in collaboration with the Mikva Challenge Dec. 1 at the Roosevelt Red Line station. The event also featured a press conference, condom distribution and the unveiling of CDPH's 2015 HIV/STI Surveillance Report. According to the report, this is the 13th ...




World news: Homicide conviction; France and PrEP; terrorist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Philippine court convicted U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of transgender Filipina woman Jennifer Laude, according to BuzzFeed. Pemberton's attorneys said he hired Laude for sex after the two met at a club on Oct. 11, 2014. Pemberton's lawyers told local media that he admitted to choking her in a nearby hotel room after discovering she was ...




Report: MSM, trans left behind in HIV/AIDS fight - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a new report published on World AIDS Day, the ONE Campaign sounded the alarm about a growing complacency in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and warned that the fight will be unwinnable if especially vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men and transgender women, continue to be underserved. Compared with the general population, men who ...




GLSEN, AIDS United release HIV prevention resource for educators - From a press release - NEW YORK ( December 1, 2015 ) - GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, and AIDS United, dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., today released Get the Facts: Improve School Climate to Increase LGBT Students' Well-Being and Reduce HIV/AIDS Risk, an educator resource on mitigating HIV risk ...




NIH on World AIDS Day 2015: Follow the science to end AIDS. - From a press release - From Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Carl Dieffenbach, Ph.D., Director, Division of AIDS, NIAID Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., NIH Director When the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were reported in 1981, scientists and physicians did not know the cause and had no therapies to treat those who were ...




Presidential Proclamation: World AIDS Day, 2015 - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION More than three decades ago, the first known cases of HIV/AIDS sparked an epidemic in the United States — ushering in a time defined by how little we knew about it and in which those affected by it faced fear and stigmatization. We have made extraordinary progress in the ...




AFC announces 2016 Ryan White award recipients - From a press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is pleased to announce the 30 organizations selected to receive an estimated $7 million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to serve the HIV community throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Funding through the federal Ryan White program, which distributes $2.3 billion nationwide to support people living with HIV, allows AFC to create ...




Chicago sex ed gets makeover; youth launch 'Chicago Wears Condoms' campaign - From a press release - Internationally December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day to educate and prevent the deadly disease. In Chicago, high school students in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the marketing agency, Serve, are launching a provocative advertising and public education campaign, "Chicago Wears Condoms." The concept was developed by high school youth who want to reduce the ...




World AIDS Day in Chicago - Below are events being held to mark World AIDS Day, which is officially on Dec. 1: Dec. 1 —Vida/SIDA and Puerto Rican Cultural Center will hold a candlelight vigil at 4 p.m., followed by a guest speaker, the release of its annual report and a Latino MSM forum, at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, 3015 ...




Briefs: PrEP study; Point opens applications; Social workers to be honored - Low infection rates in new PrEP study A study released Nov. 16 that followed 557 men who have sex with men ( MSM ) and transgender women who use pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, showed low HIV infection rates among the cohort. The study was conducted from October, 2012, through February, 2015, at two STI clinics in San Francisco and Miami, ...




Larry Kramer's pivotal call-to-action honored in solo exhibition at Center - From a press release - A series of queer drawings from New York artist and illustrator Mark Addison Smith opens Nov. 20 at the Center on Halsted in conjunction with World AIDS Day. Friday, November 20, 2015 ( opening reception from 7-9pm ) Show runs November 20—January 5, 2016 Center on Halsted 2nd Floor Gallery 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago The series, entitled Years Yet ...




AFC holds annual meeting, announces new strategic plan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A huge PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ) advertising push and a new strategic plan were among AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) announcements at their 2015 annual meeting Nov. 9. AFC President/CEO John Peller hosted the meeting, and spoke of the difficulties of trying to keep on top of advancements and political changes as infection rates remain high. "It ...




ViiV Healthcare holds Couch Talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 10, ViiV Healthcare presented its yearly HIV Couch Talk. The evening was designed to promote HIV awareness, the need for testing and adhering to treatment, and a chance to dialogue and share stories. The event featured two "Couch Coaches," individuals who shared personal stories of dealing with a positive diagnosis and how treatment empowered them to reclaim there ...




Following Charlie Sheen interview, GLAAD shares statement, HIV & AIDS guide - From a GLAAD press release - Today, GLAAD points journalists to its resource guide, "HIV & AIDS in the News: A Guide for Reporting in a New Era of Prevention and Treatment," which helps newsmakers fairly and accurately cover stories about HIV & AIDS. GLAAD also responded to NBC News's interview with Charlie Sheen, during which Sheen announced that he is HIV positive. "To eradicate HIV ...




Chicagoans among POZ Magazine 100 for 2015 - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 16, 2015 — POZ magazine, the award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, today announced the sixth annual POZ 100. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations across the country to nominate people living with HIV since 1995 or earlier who remain active in the fight to end the epidemic. ...




FDA approves new HIV drug - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ), on Nov. 5, announced that it had approved the drug Genvoya, manufactured by Foster City, California-based Gilead Sciences, Inc., for use in treating HIV-1. The drug contains the components elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide, and is intended as a single-pill, daily medication for individuals who are previously untreated, as well as ...




AFC softball couple on relationship, work and PrEP awareness - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Sirens, a Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) league Sunday summer softball team, has many team members who are taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ), an HIV prevention drug, including Larry "LT" Todd ( nee: Johnson ) Cousineau. LT is in a serodiscordant relationship with his husband Vincent "Vinny" Cousineau, who ...




Positively Aware marks 25 years with MBC event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Friends and colleagues of staff from Test Positive Aware Network's ( TPAN ) Positively Aware Magazine gathered at the Museum of Broadcast Communications ( MBC ) Oct. 29 to mark the publication's 25th anniversary. Editor Jeff Berry marked the occasion with a champagne toast alongside his staff, Associate Editor Enid Vazquez and Creative Director Rick Guasco. In his remarks, Berry ...




Proud to Run 2016 now accepting beneficiary applications - From a press release - Chicago ( Nov. 4, 2015 ) — Proud to Run is now accepting applications from Chicago-area LGBTQ organizations seeking to be a beneficiary of the 2016 Proud to Run 10k run and 5k run/walk next June. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 17, 2015. Organizations submitting an application should be a non-profit that serves LGBT individuals in or ...




Clinician talks Haitian roots at Black caucus event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sebastian Saenz - On Oct. 30, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ), in partnership with the Remimakuo Media Club, hosted its "Quarterly Conversations with the Caucus" event, open to the public, at The Jeffrey Pub. That night, openly gay HIV/AIDS clinician and author Dr. David Malebranche discussed his book, Standing on His Shoulders: What I Learned about Race, Life and ...




AFC partners with CBGMC, Taskforce - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has announced its plan to provide Taskforce Prevention and Community Services ( Taskforce ) and Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) with development grants and support in long-term strategic planning. As a result of these Capacity Building Assistance ( CBA ) partnerships, both Taskforce and CBGMC will be able to ...




Positively Aware to mark 25th year - Positively Aware, the HIV/AIDS-focused publication of Chicago-based Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) is now in its 25th year, and will celebrate that milestone downtown on Oct. 29. Editor Jeff Berry said that, even though the scope of HIV/AIDS has changed dramatically over the years, the mission of the magazine—bringing its readers up-to-date and accurate treatment information and related ...




Ellen Burstyn on working with Personal PAC - Ellen Burstyn is one of the best-known actresses of our time, appearing in such films as The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, for which she won the Academy Award. But she has also long been a champion of reproductive rights. That is why she's teamed up with Personal PAC, a pro-choice organization, to fight ...




Stars join GLAAD, E. Taylor AIDS Foundation in call for reinvigorated AIDS fight - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — GLAAD today announced the release of a public service announcement ( PSA ) to inspire, inform, and reignite the passion and action needed to beat the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all. The PSA, produced by the award-winning Martian Entertainment, was created by GLAAD and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation as part of an ...




National day of action addresses violence against women living with HIV - From a press release - With 3 out of 4 women with HIV reporting a history of violence or abuse—which all too often stands in the way of successful treatment HIV treatment—now is the time for policy and programmatic solutions, according to Positive Women's Network-USA. The public is invited to join the over 60 organizations worldwide that have signed on as endorsers or partners in ...




LETTER: Latinos and HIV, breaking the silence and shame - By David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO, Howard Brown Health Center - The numbers speak for themselves: despite recent advances in HIV treatment and prevention, the Latino community as a whole is suffering a spike in HIV infections. According to the CDC, in 2013 Latinos in the U.S. represented nearly three times the rate of new HIV infections compared to non-Hispanic whites. Among Latinos living with HIV, only about 35 percent were ...




HIV, day to day: The truth about consequences - By Sebastian Saenz - Luis Cano's life might seem ordinary, but Cano—who happens to be HIV-positive—wants to send a message about his life. His life has had its ups and downs, just like everybody else's. He grew up in Torreon, Mexico, without a father, but with a mother and siblings. He helped them, he fell in love, he danced at the best Folk Ballet ...




Upcoming events: Positively Aware event; Mexican HIV/AIDS campaign; Project& - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will be hosting a complimentary cocktail reception in commemoration of Positively Aware magazine's 25-plus years of HIV journalism. The event, "Positively Aware: 25 Years and Counting," is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. The featured ...




IMPACT seeks persons for HIV video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program—from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago—is seeking local actors and community members for HIV-awareness videos. The videos will be aimed at young, LGBT individuals with information about living with HIV. People sought are LGBTQ individuals who are 18-24 ( or able to pass for those ages ). Diversity is wanted regarding ...




Webinar focuses on Blacks and HIV - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 29, Health HIV and the Black AIDS Institute hosted a webinar on ways to involve the Black community in the discussion of HIV. The webinar consisted largely of questions posed to the Rev. Keron R. Sadler, health programs manager at the NAACP, and Pastor Darren W. Phelps, senior pastor and founder of Bethel Christian Church in Washington, D.C. ...




amfAR releases report on HIV programs for drug users - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Foundation for AIDS Research ( amfAR ) recently released a report entitled "Harm Reduction and the Global HIV Epidemic." The goals of the brief were to establish the efficacy of HIV prevention programs for people who inject drugs ( PWID ) in five selectively chosen countries around the world. amfAR undertook case studies in Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Ukraine ...




PrEP forum examines getting more physicians on board - Health-care providers, advocates and community members gathered, on Oct. 1, at University Center, 525 S. State St., to discuss both the specifics of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and the hurdles stakeholders face in making it more widely available to those who would benefit most from it. The oral medication Truvada was approved for use as a PrEP intervention in 2012. ...




GMHC welcomes W.H.O.'s guidelines on antiretroviral therapy and PrEP - From a GMHC press release - New York, New York - Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) celebrates and welcomes the release of the World Health Organization's ( W.H.O. ) Early Release Guidelines on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) for HIV. These guidelines recommend initiating antiretroviral therapy ( ART ) in adults living with HIV, regardless of CD4 ...




HIV/AIDS Advocates: PrEP controversy makes job difficult - HIV/AIDS remains a serious problem within the LGBT community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), in 2013, "gay and bisexual men accounted for 55 percent of the estimated number of persons diagnosed with AIDS among all adults and adolescents in the United States," and "review of studies of HIV infection in countries with data ...




Tammy Baldwin introduces bill to enhance access to HIV/AIDS care - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ( HELP ) Committee, today introduced legislation aimed at strengthening our federal response to HIV/AIDS. Senator Baldwin's HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act would improve health care access by strengthening Ryan White Part C clinics to ensure these community providers have the capacity and ...




Lambda launches "Know Your Rights" hub for people living with HIV - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, September 28, 2015 ) — Today, Lambda Legal launched the newest section of its Know Your Rights information hub."Know Your Rights: HIV" provides information for people living with HIV people on topics such as disclosure and discrimination in housing, healthcare and employment. "Based on calls to our Legal Help Desk, people living with HIV still face, ...




Thousands at Chicago AIDS Run & Walk - While funds are still being solicited and collected for the 2015 Chicago AIDS Run & Walk, the event was held under beautiful skies Sept. 26 and already has raised more than $375,000. The annual event raises money in support of AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 35 HIV/AIDS beneficiaries, which receive 90 percent of the agency's fundraising. All money raised is ...




Upcoming: AIDS Run & Walk; Branden James; a-ha; Halloween - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - AIDS Run & Walk Sept. 26 at Soldier Field This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and benefiting 35 other community organizations—known as CommunityDirect partners—on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Chicago's Soldier Field at 8 a.m. This year's message is "Put your foot down." In a statement, AFC President/CEO John Peller ...




Season of Concern celebrates Biscotto-Miller Fund's 30th - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - In 1985, people were dying, and seemingly, no one was doing anything about it. The AIDS plague was ravaging the world, and arts organizations nationwide were experiencing tremendous loss as actors, writers, directors, designers, stage managers, choreographers, and musicians were taken far too soon. An entire generation of talent was lost. In the spring of that year, a group of ...




Dancing for Life - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - All of the creative arts were devastated by AIDS, with a generation of stars struck down in their prime—never to write another opera or play, sing on another stage, play another piano or organ or paint another masterpiece. The dance world was particularly hard-hit, with many gay male choreographers and dancers lost to the disease. In Chicago, one of the ...




Sloan to step down from Chicago House post in 2016 - Rev. Stan Sloan, the longtime CEO of Chicago House and Social Services Agency, will be leaving his post as of June 30, 2016. Sloan notified Chicago House board's Executive Committee on Sept. 15, and agency employees the following day. He said that he wants to give the agency time to conduct a thorough search for a new head. Sloan has ...




Positively Aware and TPAN call for all to participate in A Day with HIV - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL (September 11, 2015) — On one day, Tuesday, September 22nd, Positively Aware and TPAN are inviting everyone, regardless of HIV status, to get in the picture and participate in A Day with HIV, the magazine's sixth annual anti-stigma photo campaign. On 9/22/2015 people across the world, whether HIV-positive or negative, will visually capture and share a moment of ...




Open Door observes National HIV/AIDS and aging awareness day - From a press release - Open Door invites you to observe National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on Friday, September 18, 2015. Throughout this day, we focus on the difficulties that come along with being HIV positive in the aging community. At Open Door 39% of our clients are age over the age of 45. Although much advancement has been made, there continues to be ...




AIDS organization changes name for 'broadening' mission - AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, an organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of persons impacted by HIV/AIDS, has changed its name in order to better reflect the current scope of its services. The organization will heretofore be known as Legal Council for Health Justice ( "the Council" ), better reflecting additional initiatives that the organization has focused on recently. According ...




'Transformations' event looks at HIV within trans demo - The structural, institutional and economic realities of HIV within the transgender community were the primary focuses of the Primary Prevention Early Intervention Committee of the Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council's ( CAHISC ) "Transformation Conference," Aug. 20 at the Chicago Bar Association. The conference featured remarks by Dr. Margo Bell ( inpatient pediatric director John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital ...




No new infections in large-scale PrEP study - A California study of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) use amongst gay men—the first conducted in a clinical practice setting—showed no HIV new infections among more than 650 people who were followed for 32 months, according to researchers. The study, published Sept. 2 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, was conducted by Kaiser Permanente and tracked 657 individuals, 99 percent ...




Upcoming events in sports - AIDS Run & Walk Sept. 26 at Soldier Field This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and benefiting 35 other community organizations—known as CommunityDirect partners—on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Chicago's Soldier Field. This year's message is "Put your foot down." In a statement, AFC President/CEO John Peller said, "We want ...




HIV/AIDS funding rally Sept. 4 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ...




Study: Multiple barriers to HIV testing for teens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although younger men who have sex with men ( MSM ) are often at the highest risk of HIV infection, only 30 percent of the respondents in a new study from local researchers had ever been tested. The greatest barriers to their being tested, according to research conducted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the San Clemente, ...




Chicago HIV/AIDS funding rally Sept. 4 - The American Medical Student Association chapters of Chicago, Partners in Health Engage-Chicago and HIV Prevention Justice Alliance ( a project of AIDS Foundation of Chicago ) will gather Friday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. in the Federal Building Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn St., to call on U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to restore $300 million in cuts to ...




NIH: Research at crucial point in AIDS pandemic - From a press release - Extraordinary progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research over the last 34 years, transforming what was once a terrifying and almost inevitably fatal disease into a treatable disorder. People with HIV/AIDS can now experience an almost normal life expectancy if antiretrovirals are started promptly and continued for life. But the disease remains a significant public health concern, with approximately 50,000 ...




Conference to look at HIV and the trans community - The Primary Prevention Early Intervention Committee of the Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council ( CAHISC ) will be hosting a conference on the structural, institutional and economic realities of HIV within the transgender community, "Transformation Conference," Thursday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. The organizer of the conference is ...




AIDS Legal Council holds annual summer benefit - The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ) hosted its annual summer benefit at Boystown club Sidetrack Aug. 12. According to ALCC Director of Development Kevin Mork, 320 people registered for it. The benefit's theme was "Tiki Holiday: Escape to a Polynesian Paradise," and the guests were adorned with leis, accordingly. Cocktails, provided by Sidetrack, were tropical flavored, and ...




Proud to Run presents $40,000 to community beneficiaries - From a press release - On Saturday, Aug. 8, Proud to Run presented beneficiaries Affinity Community Services, Chicago House, and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago with donations to support their work for the LGBT community. Thanks to community sponsorships, donations, and support of Proud to Run 2015, the organization was able to donate $40,000 in total. The amount of $10,000 went to Affinity Community Services ...




Conference to look at HIV and the trans community - The Primary Prevention Early Intervention Committee of the Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council ( CAHISC ) will be hosting a conference on the structural, institutional and economic realities of HIV within the transgender community, "Transformation Conference," Thursday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. The organizer of the conference is ...




Peller, Rice-Minoso honorary grand marshals - AIDS Foundation of Chicago President/CEO John Peller and local LGBT figure ( and former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) Charlie Rice-Minoso were among the honorary grand marshals of the annual Bud Billiken Parade. The South Side event—one of the largest parades in Chicago—takes place the second Saturday of each August. The starting point is at Martin Luther ...




Survey to assess needs, realities of transgender people with HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Oakland, CA — Today, Transgender Law Center launched the Positively Trans ( T+ ) survey, a first-of-its-kind community-led needs assessment to examine the legal and policy landscape as experienced by transgender women, men, and gender non-conforming people living with HIV/AIDS across the country. The survey is open for responses in English and in Spanish. "As transgender people living with HIV/AIDS, ...




Chicago groups get $3.8M CDC grant for HIV targeted testing program - The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has awarded Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), University of Chicago Medical Center ( UCMC ) and Project VIDA $3.8 million to help fund a new five-year collaborative HIV targeted testing program aimed at Chicago's most vulnerable populations that include Black and Latino men who have sex ...




Webinar discusses latest issues involving women and PrEP - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 30, the U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group held an informational webinar on PrEP and transgender women. The webinar featured panelists within both medical and transgender communities. Among the topics discussed were possible reasons that PrEP is not widely used and potential ways to increase its use. Manju Chatani-Gada, co-coordinator of the U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group, ...




New amfAR report lists state priorities for national HIV/AIDS goals - From a press release - NEW YORK, July 30, 2015 — Major achievements have been made in the domestic HIV/AIDS response as a result of increased realignment and coordination of efforts at the federal level. However, that level of consistent coordination and alignment has yet to take place in most states. In an effort to identify what needs to be done, amfAR, The Foundation for ...




White House updates federal HIV/AIDS strategies - President Barack Obama, on July 30, signed an executive order updating his administration's National HIV/AIDS Strategy through the year 2020. "My Administration has made substantial progress in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic since the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States ( Strategy ), the first of its kind, was released in July 2010," reads the order. "The Strategy has ...




New AFC initiative focuses on women of color - According to a 2013 City of Chicago study, HIV-infection rates among the city's Black community are triple that of the white population. That rate is even starker considering, as the website ThinkProgress reported in March, Black women are 19 times more likely to contract HIV than their white counterparts. Project Elevate, an initiative of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( ...




CDC awards $3.8 mill to local agencies for 5 year HIV prevention partnership - From a news release - Chicago, IL ( July 23, 2015 ) — The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has awarded Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), University of Chicago Medical Center ( UCMC ) and Project VIDA with $3.8 million to help fund a new five-year collaborative HIV targeted testing program aimed at Chicago's most vulnerable populations ...




Protestors decry HIV/AIDS cuts - About 100 community members and health activists gathered in front of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago July 22 to demand that the state pass a budget that adequately funds services for those Illinoisans who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS funds have been tied up as Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly have attempted, so ...




amfAR launches comprehensive database of planned HIV/AIDS funding - From a press release - NEW YORK, July 20, 2015 — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced the beta launch of its PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Plan database, a comprehensive, navigable database of PEPFAR's planned funding of HIV/AIDS activities from 2007 to 2014. The database was unveiled at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention ( IAS 2015 ) ...




Chicago House awarded comprehensive federal HIV grant - Chicago House and Social Service Agency has been awarded a comprehensive five-year, $3.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] to deliver HIV prevention and treatment strategies for both persons with HIV/AIDS and individuals at the greatest risk for infection. The initiative, named the Targeted HIV Testing and Enhanced Connect2Care Project, aims at reducing new infections ...




Man gets 30 years for HIV exposure - In Missouri, former college wrestler Michael Johnson, 23, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for allegedly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others, according to STLToday.com. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham, who issued the sentence, told Johnson, "The main thing is the profound effect your actions have had on the victims ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to support 36 HIV/AIDS groups - From a press release - CHICAGO — "Put your foot down." That's the message behind this year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and benefiting 35 other community organizations — known as CommunityDirect partners — on Sept. 26 at Chicago's Soldier Field. "We want supporters to put their foot down and make a difference in this ...




Man gets 30 years for HIV exposure - In Missouri, former college wrestler Michael Johnson, 23, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for allegedly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others, according to STLToday.com. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham, who issued the sentence, told Johnson, "The main thing is the profound effect your actions have had on the victims ...




HIV doctors, lawyers, community call for reform of Missouri HIV law - From a Center for HIV Law and Policy press release - Members of the medical and legal community joined HIV activists today in expressing outrage at the 30 year sentence imposed on a Black Missouri college student and star wrestler following his conviction under the state law that makes it a felony for people diagnosed with HIV to have sexual contact without documenting they disclosed their HIV status. The student, Michael ...




Smithsonian adds AIDS research pioneer Krim's portrait - The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has added two portraits of AIDS research pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim to its collection, according to a press release. The two portraits of Dr. Krim include an Annie Leibovitz's portrait in which Dr. Krim wears a looped AIDS-awareness pin on her jacket's lapel. The other portrait is Joyce Tenneson's photograph where Dr. ...




PrEP advocates respond to AHF ads - Officials from local HIV/AIDS organizations and other advocates spoke out against an anti-PrEP ( Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ) advertisement, paid for by Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ), that ran in gay media outlets, including Windy City Times, the week of June 15. The ad, headlined The War Against Prevention, is an "advertorial" penned by AHF head Michael Weinstein ...




Zachary Quinto Joins Foundation for a National AIDS Monument Board - From a press release - ( WEST HOLLYWOOD ) — June 10, 2015 — The Foundation for a National AIDS Monument ( 501c3 ) today announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Actor and activist Zachary Quinto has joined the Board, as has William Morris Endeavor Board Member Mark Itkin and marketing executive Tom Whitman, all of whom add a wealth of knowledge, ...




Free HIV testing June 14 - Free and confidential HIV testing will be offered June 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Covenant MCC, 9145 Grant St. Brookfield, , IL. Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago's West Side. WWW.PROJECTVIDA.ORG ...




Open Door to hold Grand Opening of Elgin Health Center - From a press release - Open Door will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new Elgin Health Center at 1665 Larkin Ave., Elgin on June 18th with a ribbon cutting, interactive tours and refreshments from 5-7pm. Purchased last year, Open Door spent six month renovating the 8,900 sq. foot building to include 8 exam rooms, 6 case managers offices and a behavioral health therapy and ...




Study to look at quality of life for older, rural HIV-positive adults - From a press release - The Medical College of Wisconsin's ( MCW ) Center for AIDS Intervention and Research has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging to determine the factors among older, rural HIV-positive adults that contribute to that group's mortality rates. Andrew Petroll, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and behavioral medicine at ...




Chicago House, Center on Halsted deny merger talks - Following community rumors of a possible merger between the Chicago House and Center on Halsted, officials from both organizations denied such a merger was in the works. Rev. Stan Sloan, CEO of Chicago House, acknowledged that "informal discussions" had taken place in the past, but said that nothing was planned. Sloan told Windy City Times that, since some work that ...




Harmony, AFC bring awareness to testing, treatment, holistic health needs - From a press release - In advance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2015, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is pleased to announce a community outreach partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The campaign, "Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV," aims to build awareness of HIV ...







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