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TPAN 30th-anniversary event Sept. 28 - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will commemorate its 30th anniversary with a celebration event on Thursday, Sept. 28. "TPAN 30 Years of Hope" will be held at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. The event will begin with a VIP reception at 6-7 p.m., allowing supporters to meet and greet with TPAN's founding members. The general reception will ...




Kiehl's annual ride helps to raise HIV/AIDS awareness - Skin-care company Kiehl's hosted its eighth annual LifeRide, a weeklong motorcycle ride across the country to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS research. Since it began, participants have ridden more than 12,000 miles and raised more than $1.7 million for the amfAR Foundation for AIDS Research. This year's race began July 31 in Minneapolis and journeyed through the Midwest south ...




UHC drops additional Truvada prior-authorization requirements - Insurer UnitedHealthCare (UHC), on Aug. 3, seemingly dropped controversial pre-authorization requirements it had recently introduced for physicians prescribing the oral medication Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UHC, on July 1, began requiring physicians to obtain quarterly authorizations for PrEP claims; those authorizations had previously only been required annually. UHC also had required patients use its in-house mail-order ...




GUEST COLUMN Taboo Sex, Racism, and Gay Men: A Chat in Black and White - In 30 years of HIV work alongside Black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it's that very hesitancy, according to Black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism worse. Charles, the founder of the Counter Narrative Project in Atlanta, proved to be the perfect ...




Advocates decry UHC's new PrEP requirements - Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealthCare ( UHC ) has implemented new requirements that many advocates and healthcare providers are describing as too onerous for individuals wishing to access PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Among the new rules, effective in July, are a requirement that customers acquire their medication through UHC's in-house mail-order pharmacy—a rule that customers have had inconsistent results in opting out ...




World news: AIDS milestone, Muslim activist, ISIS fighters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The United Nations revealed in a report called "Ending AIDS" that, for the first time, more than half of people living with HIV are currently on antiretrovirals, Plus Magazine noted. As a result of the growing access to care, AIDS-related deaths are now half of what they were in 2015. However, some experts are wondering why we haven't reached this ...




Kiehl's Liferide for amfAR on Aug. 3 - The Chicagoland celebration of the eighth annual Kiehl's LifeRide for amfAR—an eight-day, multistate charitable motorcycle ride from Minneapolis to Nashville that raises funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research—will take place at The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Some of the celebrities expected to take part include actors Gilles Marini ( ...




DIFFA/Chicago auxiliary board to host White Party at luxury high-rise - Back again, The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) Auxiliary Board is gearing up to host its third annual White Party entitled — Under the Midsummer's Sky — on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Exhibit on Superior residential tower, located at 165 W. Superior St., Chicago. Built by Magellan Development Group and MAC Management, the building offers an ideal ...




GUEST COLUMN Black and Pink comes to Chicago - This August, Chicago is poised to make queer history. From August 4-6, the Windy City will host one of the largest gatherings of formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people and their allies. They will be coming together for a national gathering sponsored by Black and Pink, a national organization with over 12,000 members behind and beyond bars. Although in recent years, many ...




Black and Pink to hold family gathering in Chicago - Black and Pink will hold its second-ever family gathering in Chicago on Aug. 4-6. The gathering will bring together formerly incarcerated LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive people for community and skills building in addition to healing opportunities. The weekend will feature an Aug. 4 community celebration and fundraising dinner at the Chicago Teacher's Union Hall that is free and open to the ...




Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted - More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...




Leadership program for LGBTQ youth, HIV/AIDS-affected youth begins in Vietnam - From a press release - Hanoi, 19 July 2017 — Amazin LeThi Foundation today, announced the launch of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ), which will take place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017. The program, the first of ...




Hundreds tackle 200-mile Ride For AIDS Chicago - Kelly Southard was in her fourth Ride For AIDS Chicago—the two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride July 8-9, organized and benefitting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN )—and it still personal, emotional for her. Southard was riding in memory of her cousin, Scott, who lost his fight with HIV/AIDS in 1995. "Being an experienced rider, I had some idea of what ...




Walgreens clinics in select markets to begin PrEP prescriptions - Deerfield-based Walgreens announced on July 10 that providers at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in select markets would soon be able to provide patients with consultations and prescriptions for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Chicago is currently not among the markets in question, which include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus ( Ohio ), Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, ...




AIDSVu maps show disproportionate HIV burden among youth, communities of color - From an AIDSVu press release - ATLANTA, Today, AIDSVu released new interactive maps illustrating the impact of HIV across the United States, showing that two-thirds of all new HIV diagnoses in 2015 occurred in two-and-a-half percent of U.S. counties. Using the latest publicly available data at the city-, county-, and state-levels, these new maps visualize disparities in HIV infections and mortality, both geographically and across different ...




Former member of Pres. Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS on White House HIV remarks - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, June 27, 2017 )—Today, President Trump issued a statement to mark National HIV Testing Day. This is the first statement issued by the administration regarding HIV/AIDS and comes on the heels of the resignation of six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), led by Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director and Counsel, Scott ...




UIC launches injectable PrEP study - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), on June 16, announced that it will begin recruiting participants for a clinical trial to compare the efficacy of a newly developed injectable drug to prevent new infections of the HIV virus with that of the oral medication Truvada. In a statement, Richard Novak, chief of infectious disease in the UIC ...




TPAN returns to Edgewater location - U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky ( D-9 ) and Ald. Ariel Reboyras ( 30th ), on June 19, were among those who joined Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) for a ribbon-cutting of its new location at 5755 North Broadway. The organization was for several years housed at the Edgewater location, so the event marked a homecoming of sorts. TPAN ...




Remembering NAMES - From the inaugural display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt at at Navy Pier in 1988. See http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Pier-Pride-at-Navy-Pier-to-host-AIDS-Memorial-Quilt-full-day-of-Pride-events/59414.html for info on the new display of the quilt this Pride weekend at Navy Pier. Photos by Lisa Howe-Ebright ...




Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk - Registration has opened for the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5K walk and the 5K/10K runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Those runs start at 8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. ( The opening ceremony will ...




HIV/AIDS Council members resign after Trump inaction - Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), on June 13, resigned from their posts, citing President Donald Trump's supposed indifference to the issue as their reason. Among those council members was Scott Schoettes, who is counsel and HIV project director for Lambda Legal. Based in the organization's Chicago office, Schoettes litigated a number of high-profile ...




TPAN open house to showcase new office, partnership with Howard Brown - Chicago, IL. ( June 13, 2017 )—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will celebrate the opening of its new office with an open house and ribbon-cutting on Monday, June 19, at its Edgewater location, 5537 N Broadway. The open house, which will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony with U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, ...




NCAVP hate violence report: 2016 deadliest on record for LGBTQ, HIV communities - While the festivals, parades and appearance of Rainbow flags in cities across the world are traditions designed to celebrate Pride month, since 1997 the National Coalition of Anti Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) release of its National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities has served as a sober reminder of the need to ...




NYC memorial event to honor journalists who died of AIDS or covered the epidemic - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY — A commemoration of journalists who died of AIDS, and others who covered the epidemic, highlighted by a keynote speech from a journalist from The New York Times, will take place on Friday, June 23. "Bodies on the Line: A Memorial to Honor AIDS Journalists" will take place on Friday, June 23, from 12:00 until 2:00pm at ...




National roundup: Stephen Colbert, '30 Days of HIV,' drag-queen death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Visiting Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was asked if President Donald Trump's overseas trip was an opportunity to calm things down at home, and maybe his being too tired to tweet might be a "positive thing for him," Deadline noted. Maddow dismissed that idea, noting Washington Post reported, as Trump's plane took off, that there is a ...




World news: InterPride, HIV death warning, tennis icons clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - InterPride, the International Association for Pride Organizers, has called on LGBTQ+ people everywhere to attend and support local Pride events everywhere, according to a press release. In part, the release stated, "Pride has taken on a new urgency in 2017. With celebrations happening in hundreds of locations throughout the month and The Equality March for Unity & Pride centered in ...




Morten Group leads ED search - The National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) has retained Chicago-based Morten Group, LLC, headed by Mary Morten, in its search for its next executive director, according to an organizational press release. NBJC is a civil-rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people, including those living with HIV/AIDS. Sharon Lettman-Hicks is stepping down in the coming months after ...




Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...




Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk - Registration has opened for the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5K walk and the 5K/10K runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Those runs start at 8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. ( The opening ceremony will ...




TPAN Moving to New Office, Partnering with Howard Brown Health - From a press release - Chicago, IL. ( May 18, 2017 )—This month, Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will move its offices to the Edgewater neighborhood, opening a co-located medical clinic operated by Howard Brown Health. The move returns TPAN to its former storefront location, 5537 N Broadway. According to CEO Patti Capouch. "TPAN has grown in our 30 year history—and the face ...




City expands HIV services, 400% increase people served - From a press release - Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced more than 3,600 people living with HIV in the city received vital services in the first year of new, innovative partnerships between CDPH, the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) and Howard Brown Health. These results represent a 400 percent increase in individuals served in ...




Chicago House event shows 'Unity on the Runway' - Chicago House celebrated is 31st Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library's Winter Garden Ballroom. This year's theme was "Unity on the Runway," presented and hosted by co-chairs Chris and Derek Bagley. "We want our guests to feel inspired and unified as a community," they said. "Our theme plays with current fashion trends—how they are making ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Sunday,Oct. 1 - From a press release - Chicago-area residents will band together for equity and justice for individuals living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5k walk and the 5k/10k runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Funds raised through AIDS ...




Center hosts Red Dress Party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Presented by the Equality Project, Inc., the Chicago Red Dress Party is an event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the HIV/AIDS movement. The annual party was held April 22 at Center on Halsted. Guests dressed in red enjoyed apps, drinks and a show throughout the evening. Among the performers were Jade Sotomayer, a former Windy City Timess 30 ...




Criminal HIV-transmission charges dropped against suburban man - Criminal charges have been dropped against a Wilmette personal trainer who last year was accused of criminal transmission of HIV. Prosecutors for the Cook County State's Attorney Office, on April 20, said they would be dropping charges against Jimmy Amutavi, who was last year charged with three counts of criminal HIV-transmission, which is a class-2 felony. Three women accused Amutavi ...




Chicago House and Social Service Agency Spring Brunch & Fashion Show May 7 - CHICAGO, IL — Chicago House, the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, is excited to celebrate its 31st Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library! On Sunday, May 7th, from 12 — 3:30 p.m., join Chicago House for "Unity on the Runway," presented and hosted ...




Champions for transgender equity honored at Nat'l Trans HIV Testing Day event - From a press release - Chicago, IL — April 21, 2017 —. : South Side Help Center, Affinity Community Services and Coalition for Justice & Respect collaborated to host an event to commemorate April 18, National Transgender HIV Testing Day, by honoring individuals who have advocated for the well-being of those in the transgender community. The program included presenting them with customized awards and an ...




'Plain Sight' HIV exhibit thru April 16 - History Moves' current mobile exhibition, "In Plain Sight: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS," is at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., through Sunday, April 16. In fall 2015, students from the University of Cincinnati worked with the women of WIHS Chicago to present their stories as a public and collective history. "In Plain Sight" shows that women living ...




New social campaign tells youth smart sex is sexy - From a press release - Sexperts: they're the people in your life who you turn to for helping navigating the good, the bad and the uncomfy in your sex life. In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, April 10, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching Sexperts Slay, a celebration of those wise warriors in our lives who own good sex practices ...




National roundup: Calif. HIV bill, Lillian Faderman, Truth Awards Gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A bill that would modernize California's laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV cleared its first major legislative hurdle, an Equality California press release noted, as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 by a vote of five to two. The bill is authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...




More than $776,000 awarded for HIV prevention among young gay men, trans persons of color - From a press release - DURBIN, DUCKWORTH ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $776,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HIV PREVENTION IN YOUNG GAY MEN WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin ( D-IL ) and Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ) today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has awarded a total of $776,730 to Howard Brown Health Center and the Puerto Rican Cultural ...




Art AIDS exhibition hosts panel on aging - Greg Sanchez has taken HIV medications since the 1980s. But each time his body becomes resistant to one, he must switch to another. Now, with no new medications available, his only option is to take part in a clinical trial—a prospect he finds scary and, even more so, isolating. "I just wish I had somebody to relate to," he said. ...




Hundreds attend 'Art for Life' - More than 350 people attended the inaugural Art for Life Chicago, a juried art exhibition and live and silent auction that benefited those living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. The auction includes work from both famous and established professionals to new and emerging artists, and selected by a jury of renowned art experts, including New York Magazine's Senior Art Critic ...




Final week of Art AIDS America events March 27 through April 2 - From a press release - March 27 through April 2 will be the final week of the Art AIDS America exhibit and events at Alphawood Gallery. Extended hours for Free HIV Testing*: Thursday, March 30, 11am - 8pm Saturday, April 1, 11am - 6pm Theatre | AIDS On Stage Monday, March 27, 6-9pm About Face Theatre presents a series of readings ...




Emotion regulation vital to HIV/STI prevention in Black teens with mental illness - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA ( March 27, 2017 ) — Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it's estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a ...




Budget blueprint threatens research essential to end epidemics of HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) releases this statement in strong opposition to the President's 2018 budget blueprint. The blueprint threatens research essential to ending the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis ( TB ), and hepatitis C virus ( HCV ) in the United States and globally by cutting funding and eliminating programs. Massive and disruptive cuts to the National Institutes ...




'HIV & Aging' panel at Alphawood March 22 - The Care Plan Presents: HIV & Aging Panel—part of the Art AIDS America Chicago series—will take place Wed., March 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St. Jackie Boyd—a longtime aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan—will lead this discussion, which will address a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture. SeeArtAIDSAmericaChicago.org. ...




Adler president reveals HIV status - For Raymond Crossman—president of Adler University, a Chicago school for social and health sciences—the recent weeks under the Trump Administration have played out eerily similar to the years under the Reagan Administration. That unease led Crossman to make an important decision. On March 11, Salon printed a commentary wherein Crossman publicly disclosed his HIV status for the first time. "I ...




World: Murder suspects nabbed, new anti-HIV drug, Japan's first trans male official - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Dandara dos Santos, a Brazilian transgender woman who was kicked, punched and hit with a plank of wood before being shot in the face twice and bludgeoned to death, NewNowNext.com reported. A video of the assault on dos Santos went viral, prompting a discussion on the inclusion of such ...




Trump's budget would hurt HIV and STDs response, national non-partisan health groups say - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 16, 2017, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18% cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this ...




AIDS United affirms research on viral loads - AIDS United Public Policy Committee, on March 7, affirmed conclusive evidence proving that people living with HIV who have achieved a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. The committee is a national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations. "This is a landmark development in the response to HIV and too many people are not hearing this message ...




'HIV & Aging' panel March 22 - The Care Plan Presents: HIV & Aging Panel—part of the Art AIDS America Chicago series—will take place Wed., March 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St. Jackie Boyd—a longtime aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan—will lead this discussion, which will address a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture. SeeArtAIDSAmericaChicago.org/event/art-aids-america-chicago-care-plan-present-panel-hivaids-aging/. ...




AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important person in their lives. Doctors and residents often spend a few perfunctory emotionally distant minutes, usually in the early morning, and family and friends come and go until, in many hospitals, they are barred completely in the ...




Art AIDS hosts Karen Finley event - As part of the Art AIDS America Chicago series, Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., hosted "The Anti-Workshop: Call to Action with Karen Finley" on March 12. The event featured local artists forming collections that ACT UP/Gran Fury and other community-based activist groups inspired. Following the presentations, there was a conversation involving Finley, whose work is included in Art AIDS ...




AIDS/LifeCycle TeamChicago Urban Riders to hold Saint Patty's Day fundraiser - It's your lucky day: Guys in Spandex for St. Patty's Day! Team CUR ( Chicago Urban Riders ) are riding 545 miles down the coast of California in June to fight HIV and AIDS with AIDS/LifeCycle. Join them in the fight on Thursday, March 16, at their our annual Bear Den fundraiser at Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Rd. The ...




Art AIDS America Closing Weekend events April 1, 2 - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, March 10, 2017 ) The groundbreaking traveling exhibition Art AIDS America must close at the new Alphawood Gallery ( 2401 N. Halsted Street, Chicago ) on Sunday, April 2, 2017. In its final weeks, visitors are invited to participate in the following special related on-site programming, all free and open to the public: 'Sharing Stories/Open Conversations' Saturday ...




LGBTs and people living with HIV have much at stake in ACA reform debate - From a press release - BOSTON, March 7, 2017 - Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefited from the Affordable ...




OUT Chicago live broadcast at Art AIDS America March 12 - MB Financial Bank and its LGBTQ Business Resource Group is sponsoring the OUT Chicago ( WCPT AM 820 ) live remote broadcast from the Art AIDS America exhibition at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m-1 p.m. This event will provide a panoramic historical perspective of the AIDS epidemic and will explore the future ...




HIV and Aging at Alphawood Gallery March 22 - HIV And Aging, a discussion addressing a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture, will be held March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Jackie Boyd, long time aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan, leads. With the continued advances in healthcare treatment and therapy, early detection, and preventative ...




OUT Chicago broadcast from the Art AIDS America Exhibit March 12 - MB Financial Bank and its LGBTQ Business Resource Group is sponsoring the OUT Chicago ( WCPT AM 820 ) live remote broadcast from the Art AIDS America exhibition at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m-1 p.m. This event will provide a panoramic historical perspective of the AIDS epidemic and will explore the future ...




Out at CHM to explore Art, AIDS and Activism - From a Chicago History Museum press release - CHICAGO ( February 24, 2017 ) — Discover how art was used to speak out about the AIDS pandemic, advocate for its victims and critique public response to this health crisis at the Chicago History Museum's Out at CHM program, "Art, AIDS, and Activism in Chicago." The program takes place on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Chicago History Museum. ...




LETTERS Lives at stake - For the third year in a row, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner failed to present the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that protects the state's most vulnerable people, proposing a 44-percent cut to vital HIV funding streams in his budget address on Feb. 15. "The budget proposed today is outright dangerous for people living with HIV and will certainly result ...




Activist Maxx Boykin on HIV/AIDS fight and new challenges - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Community, Advocacy and Social Justice Manager, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance co-manager and Black Youth Project ( BYP ) 100 member Maxx Boykin is prominent not only in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS but through his seemingly tireless efforts for Black empowerment. Now Boykin faces a new set of challenges in a cause to ...




AIDS film kicks off Legacy LIVE series - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 kicked off on Feb. 5 at the Alphawood Gallery with a screening of the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist. The hour-long documentary, which originally aired on PBS, explores the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. ...




Howard Brown marks nat'l Black HIV/AIDS day with panel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Howard Brown Health's Feb. 6 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event—held at Sikia Restaurant in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side—was both a purposeful examination of the crisis facing the Black HIV/AIDS population and a celebration of the people on the front lines of the battle on behalf of a community that, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...




Battling Chicago's HIV/AIDS disparities - Panel discussion focuses on the challenges in raising awareness among minority communities who already face a multitude of obstacles meeting basic needs. While non-Hispanic Black individuals made up 14.2 percent of Illinois' population in 2013, they composed 48 percent of new HIV diagnoses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Disparities such as this—and infection rates that are significantly higher among ...




Lambda Legal, EEOC win settlement for healthcare worker fired for being HIV+ - ( Austin, TX, February 9, 2017 ) — Yesterday, a federal judge in Texas approved a settlement secured by Lambda Legal and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) on behalf of Michael Janssen, a certified nursing assistant fired in 2013 by Granite Mesa Health Center in Marble Falls, Texas, after he disclosed he was living with HIV. ...




Johnson among Gilead recipients - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program—a fund totaling more than $22 million that will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. Among those receiving grants is CURE HIV, a community-academic partnership among AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University. Amy Johnson is the point ...




HIV/AIDS awareness event on Feb. 6 - There will be a panel discussion on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( Monday, Feb. 6 ) at Sikia restaurant, 740 W. 63rd St., 6-8 p.m. The event is free and includes a first-come, first-served buffet dinner. For more, see "National Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day Event" on Facebook. ...




Lambda Legal: Price would endanger health of LGBTs, people living with HIV - From a press release - New York — As congressional hearings begin on Tom Price's nomination to become Secretary for Health and Human Services, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for the rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, released the following statement: "Senator Tom Price is a dangerous choice for Secretary of ...




Bill T. Jones to speak at DuSable - Art AIDS America and the DuSable Museum of African American History are hosting dancer/activist/Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Jones, who is a passionate HIV-positive artist, will offer a one-night-only presentation ( entitled "Return" ) touching on his decades-long relation to HIV/AIDS. This program is free and ...




Cartooning AIDS' at Gerber/Hart - A new major exhibition is in the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St. "Cartooning AIDS" features the political cartoons of Danny Sotomayor and looks at how issues surrounding AIDS were engaged through political cartoons, comic books, trading cards and 'zines for the purpose of political critique, education, and awareness. The exhibition will be open through ...




Legacy LIVE to present Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist, Sotomayor's story - From a press release - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 opens with the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist about the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. Follow his struggle to balance life, death, and protest cast against some of the most explosive footage of AIDS ...




Gilead Sciences to give $22M in grants to new HIV cure research projects - From a press release - Foster City, Calif., January 10, 2017 — Gilead Sciences, Inc. ( Nasdaq: GILD ) today announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program, a fund totaling more than $22 million, which will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. These projects will be conducted by leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations and community groups from around the world, focusing on ...




Local study of injectable HIV drug launches - By Matt Simonette A new large-scale clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a long-lasting injectable anti-HIV drug called cabotegravir is taking place in part at Cook County Health & Hospitals System's ( CCHHS ) Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Cabotegavir is intended to be administered every eight weeks and, if ultimately proven to be effective, could be used as pre-exposure ...




Peter Staley to present keynote at MBLGTACC 2017 - Chicago, IL — Jan. 13, 2017 — The MBLGTACC 2017 Planning Committee is thrilled to announce that HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley, who has dedicated his career to advocating for awareness of the illness and eliminating barriers to treatment of those living with HIV/AIDS since the mid-1980's, will present the second keynote of the Conference at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18, ...




ART REVIEW Art AIDS America/Chicago - The entryway walls are emblazoned with bold monochromatic photos from ACT UP/Chicago demonstrations. The tone is set immediately. Memories consumed me as soon as I stepped inside: memories of devastating loss; of the silence of Reagan and his vile administration; of governmental bureaucracy; of church indifference and hypocrisy; of the greed of pharmaceutical and insurance companies. It all came flooding ...




Cook County Health & Hospitals part of study to test new HIV-prevention medication - Cook County Health & Hospitals System's ( CCHHS ) Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center is taking part in the first large-scale clinical trial of a long-acting injectable drug for HIV prevention. The HPTN 083 study will evaluate whether an investigational anti-HIV drug called cabotegravir, which can be taken once every 8 weeks, can safely protect men and transgender women from ...




Heartland official speaks on testing, PrEP outreach - For Ed Stellon, executive director of Heartland Health Outreach ( HHO ), engaging Chicagoans who have, or who are especially vulnerable to, HIV infection is about "more than putting signs on a train." HHO is the primary healthcare provider for persons experiencing homelessness for the city, providing generalized medical, oral health and myriad other services for its clients. The larger ...




ART Artivist Monica Raye Simpson talks social justice, childhood - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Artivist Monica Raye Simpson has been a mover and shaker for more than a decade and currently serves as the executive director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective ( SisterSong ). This past September, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation elected Simpson to its board of directors. "Monica has a deep passion for human rights and the work of Woodhull, ...




World news: HIV and the Philippines, Malta's ban, UN news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A human-rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men, The Independent reported. Human Rights Watch said in a report that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has increased ...




Johnson HIV conviction reversed - Judges from the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals, on Dec. 20, reversed the convictions of gay college student Michael Johnson, who was sentenced to three decades in prison for exposing persons to HIV, and ordered that he be retried. The appellate judges said in their ruling that the lower court incorrectly allowed evidence—phone calls Johnson made from jail that ...




Art AIDS exhibit in Chicago through April 2 - Art AIDS America—a groundbreaking exhibition that underscores the presence of HIV in art in this country—culminates its U.S. tour at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., through April 2, 2017. This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest venue. This is the first exhibition ...




David France and his guide to 'Survive' - David France's Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary, How To Survive A Plague, brought to light how AIDS activists, through the coalitions ACT UP and TAG, helped push medical breakthroughs forward by becoming part of the process. Constructed from hundreds of hours of incredible archival video footage, a technique since coined "archival verite," the documentary proved powerful, resonant, and helped reignite interest in ...




Agency lends a hand to those with HIV - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Erie Family Health's Lending Hands for Life program has, since 1989, been offering testing and treatment, primary care and numerous other medical and wraparound services for persons with HIV/AIDS. Located primarily in Humboldt Park, the program has a strong record of ensuring that its patients stay healthy according to the program's manager Bridget Magner. "One thing that's contributed to our ...




Exhibit curator talks AIDS representation in the art world - AIDS, according to Jonathan Katz, co-curator of Art AIDS America, which opened Dec. 1 at the Alphawood Gallery, "is sadly still the 'third rail' of American art." Katz spoke Dec. 3 at a presentation that contextualized the exhibit, which will be open through April. Much of the work there, he noted, was created at a time when right-wing elements were ...




Center joins forces with arts groups at World AIDS Day event - On the eve of World AIDS Day and the opening of the groundbreaking Art AIDS America exhibit at Chicago's Alphawood Gallery, the Center on Halsted, Victory Gardens Theater, Art AIDS America Chicago and Queer, ILL + OKAY joined forces Nov. 30 at the Center to declare We're Still Here and to look at HIV/AIDS Then and Now. The evening not ...




Art AIDS America recalls changes and a new threat - There was a powerful mosaic of sound that echoed through Chicago's Alphawood Gallery in Lincoln Park on Dec. 3. Between the deep resonance of a bell sounded every 10 minutes ( audio art originally created by Robert Farber signifying the rate of AIDS-related deaths in 1991 ), performance artist Joseph Ravens was followed by an ensemble of five all dressed ...




New CDPH data: 921 new HIV infections in 2015 - Chicago is seeing a downward trend in new HIV infections and late diagnoses, according to a new Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) report. CDPH's annual HIV/STI Surveillance Report was released Dec. 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day at a conference held in the Alphawood Gallery in Lincoln Park; the exhibition Art AIDS America opened there that ...




World AIDS Day marked on Paseo Boricua - The Puerto Rican Cultural Center's ( PRCC ) Vida/SIDA held its 28th annual World AIDS Day event. The event started with a candlelight vigil and offerings to an altar at La Casita de Don Pedro, a tribute replica of a single-room, traditional Puerto Rican-style house celebrating the Puerto Rican nationalist leader Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, after whom it is named. ...




HIV Care Connect offering new text, videos - Illinois HIV Care Connect published new text and video content on its website on World AIDS Day to encourage people living with HIV in Illinois to stay in HIV care. HIV-positive Illinoisans can view the new content as well as take the seven-minute #StayinCare Quiz—which measures understanding of the importance of staying in HIV care, also known as "retention in ...




World of Chocolate draws a thousand chocolate fans - About a thousand supporters of AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) gathered at Revel Fulton Market for AFC's annual World of Chocolate celebration Dec. 1. Twenty-one vendors offered their chocolate wares at the celebration. Some indulged celebrants' taste for the savory as well as the sweet, for example. Hotel Intercontinental Chicago offered its "Dinky Duck burger, a Kobe beef ...




New Report Examines Discriminatory State HIV Criminalization Laws - From a press release - Report released on World AIDS Day highlights how these outdated laws perpetuate dangerous misinformation and aren't based in fact or modern science ( Denver, December 1, 2016 )—A new report released today by the Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ) focuses on HIV criminalization laws, which can still carry penalties such as 35-year prison terms and registration as a sex ...




President Obama makes World AIDS Day proclamation - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - WORLD AIDS DAY, 2016 Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination. HIV/AIDS has taken tens of millions of lives — and far too many people with HIV have struggled to get the care, treatment, and compassion they deserve. But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, ...




Museum presents two exhibits on AIDS crisis - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 18, the International Museum of Surgical Science presented two exhibits that document very different aspects of the AIDS epidemic. The first—"Affinity in the Tall Grasses of California," by photographer/video artist/performer Whit Forrester—chronicled life and work on a medical cannabis farm in upstate California. The second—a video screening of Ellen Spiro's 1991 documentary ( In )Visible Women—depicted the heroic ...




WORLD AIDS DAY PROFILE Jim Petrakis: Consultant becomes face of HIV/AIDS - Most people may not know Jim Petrakis—but just about everyone is familiar, either directly or indirectly, with what he has gone through the past few years. Petrakis is an AIDS survivor. However, more than surviving, he is thriving. He made his journey known recently at the SOFA Chicago event by residing in a "living room" that designer/DIFFA ( Design Industries ...




Art AIDS America co-curator talks activism, exhibition - On World AIDS Day Dec. 1, The Alphawood Gallery in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood will officially open the extraordinary and historic new exhibit for which the building was conceived and designed. Since its Oct. 3, 2015 premiere at the Tacoma Art Musuem ( TAM ), Art AIDS America has been touring the country with pieces depicting the history of AIDS ...




Quilt, speaker at ISU's World AIDS Day week - An exhibit of panels from the National AIDS Quilt and a keynote address by a local HIV/AIDS expert will be part of the events leading up to World AIDS Day at Illinois State University ( ISU ). Selected panels from the quilt will be displayed Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center at ISU. The ...




National roundup: World AIDS Day, mayor harassed, ex-pol comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In honor of World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ), The Advocate ( with the support of Michael J. Libow and in conjunction with The NAMES Project Foundation ) is bringing three installation panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Los Angeles for display at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills Public Library, a ...




Racism cited in study of Canadian media coverage of HIV criminalization cases - From a press release - Toronto, Canada — A pioneering study of Canadian media, focusing on the newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure and transmission cases, has identified a clear pattern of racism towards Black men in Canadian mainstream newspaper articles from 1989 though 2015. These startling findings dovetail with the theme of World AIDS Day 2016 ( December 1, 2016 ): HIV Stigma: Not Retro, ...







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