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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 ...




Run Forward at the 37th Annual Proud To Run - From a press release - Chicago, Ill., June 12, 2018 — The 37th Annual Proud To Run, a 10K/5K run and 5K fun walk, will be held on the morning of Saturday, June 23, at Montrose Harbor. Since 1982, Proud To Run has been a part of Chicago's annual Pride Week activities, focused on celebrating pride in a healthy, inclusive way and raising funds for ...




Men & Women in Prison Ministries to observe National HIV Testing Day June 27 - From a press release - In honor of the 23rd National HIV Testing Day, Men & Women in Prison Ministries ( MWIPM ) will launch the "Stigma Stops with Me" campaign, on Chicago's west side at Sankofa Cultural Arts Center -located at 5820 W. Chicago Ave. A press conference with State Representatives Juliana Stratton, LaShawn K. Ford, and Camille Y. Lilly will kick off the ...




Walgreens offers testing for National HIV Testing Day June 27 - From a press release - DEERFIELD, Ill., June 13, 2018 - Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading 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 Wednesday, June ...




DIFFA/Chicago marks 30th anniversary - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS ( DIFFA )/Chicago marked its 30th anniversary June 9 with a gala, "DIFFA XXX," at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. At this event, the organization honored Lori Cannon for her longtime activism against HIV/AIDS, including being one of the co-founders of Open Hand Chicago and ACT UP/Chicago. Cannon was inducted into ...




CDC report show mixed results for youth on HIV, STDS - From Centers for Disease Control news release - June 14, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC )'s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary on the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey ( YRBS ) shows mixed results for youth, especially for youth of color when it comes to HIV and other STDs. "While there were encouraging signs across all races and ethnicities ...




"Pink Orchids" post-show discussions on HIV planned through June - Chicago — Pride Films and Plays has announced a series of discussions in conjunction with its American premiere of PINK ORCHIDS - a British play in which five eloquently interwoven and often funny monologues explore the experience of living with HIV from the perspectives of those living with the virus and those who care for and care about HIV+ persons. ...




Eleven agencies receive Red Ribbon funds from Illinois Lottery - The Illinois Lottery and Illinois Department of Public Health distributed funds from the Red Ribbon Cash lottery ticket to 11 agencies working on HIV/AIDS research, treatment and prevention in the state June 7. The check presentations happened at the Center on Halsted, which was one of the funded agencies. The funds are raised by sales of the Red Ribbon Cash ...




Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN sue Defense Dept over outdated policies on HIV - From a news release - ( Alexandria, VA. May 30, 2018 ) — Today, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed a lawsuit on behalf of a sergeant in the D.C. Army National Guard who was denied the opportunity to serve as an officer and faces possible discharge from the United States armed services because he is living with HIV. The lawsuit challenges the Pentagon's current policies ...




Elton John to give landmark lecture on HIV in remembrance of Princess Diana - From a news release - NEW YORK ( May 29, 2018 ) — The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV will be delivered by Elton John in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities, and people living with HIV, on June 8th, 2018 in London. The lecture was launched by United Kingdom's National AIDS Trust ( NAT ...




AFC releases HIV/HCV Drug Guide - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has released its HIV and Hepatitis C Drug Guide. Each year, AFC conducts a review of the Medicaid Health Plans available to people living with HIV on each of the operating Illinois Medicaid health plans. While this information is updated regularly via plans and the state, it provides a snapshot at the different ...




WORLD Mariela Castro, HIV news, Greek legislation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, has said she will push for same-sex marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July, NBC News noted. Castro—who made the announcement at a press conference kicking off a week of events leading up to Havana's annual march against homophobia and ...




Legendary HIV activist, writer Larry Kramer to speak at Conference on AIDS - From a NMAC press release - April 24, 2018 - NMAC has announced that legendary HIV activist and writer Larry Kramer will speak at the United States Conference on AIDS ( USCA ) on Sept. 7, 2018, in Orlando, FL. USCA will run from Sept. 7-10. "Larry is not just a legend but almost a mythical figure in the HIV community," said Paul Kawata, NMAC's Executive ...




Dining Out for Life April 26 - The annual event known as Dining Out for Life Chicago will take place Thursday, April 26. This year, up to 75 local restaurants ( including Big Chicks, Urban Belly, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, The Dearborn and others; full list below ) will donate all or a portion of their proceeds to HIV/AIDS-service organization TPAN ( Test Positive Aware Network ). ...




Season of Concern hosts 'Cabaret for Care' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Season of Concern's 2018 annual benefit titled Cabaret for Care came to the Goodman Theatre on April 9. The evening had donors enjoying entertainment for around 90 minutes along with a special VIP reception beforehand. Host E. Faye Butler and Honey West joked together, sang a duet of "Laughing Matters," and then took turns introducing performers. The recipient of three ...




HRC releases HIV college guide - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has released a new comprehensive guide for college administrators, staff and students outlining many of the critical steps higher-educational institutions can take to improve student health and well-being. The release of the new guide—"HIV 101: A Guide to HIV Prevnetion, Treatment, and Care on College and University Campuses"—coincided with National Youth HIV ...




NMAC Releases Biomedical HIV Prevention Blueprint for Communities of Color - From a NMAC press release - April 10, 2018 - NMAC has released Expanding Access to Biomedical HIV Prevention: Tailoring Approaches for Effectively Serving Communities of Color, a new report that establishes strategies to effectively use techniques such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) and Treatment as Prevention ( TasP ) to end the HIV epidemic in communities of color. The full report is available on ...




'Bolder Than Out' features variety show, panel discussion - As a part of the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) sixth annual Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) conference, "Kitchen Table Action," Chicago State University's ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) and In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) hosted the BTO Ball April 6 at CSU. The event featured a VIP reception, free HIV ...




Advocate recounts challenges facing women with HIV - Even as technology to prevent and treat HIV infections improves, obstacles continue to impede efforts by providers and advocates to assist women living with HIV. One such organization committed to facing those obstacles however, is Oakland, California-based Positive Women Network-USA ( PWN-USA ). Founded in 2008 by 28 women living with HIV, it now has staff in several American cities ...




TPAN Welcomes Christopher Clark as New CEO - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, April 10, 2018 ) — TPAN announces today that it has hired Christopher Clark to serve as the organization's Chief Executive Officer. Clark will begin on April 30, 2018. Clark joins TPAN following more than a decade of service at Lambda Legal, the national legal organization dedicated to achieving the full recognition of the civil rights of ...




HRC Releases New Guide for HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care on Campuses - From a HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released a new comprehensive guide for college administrators, staff and students outlining many of the critical steps higher educational institutions can take to improve student health and wellbeing. The release ...




HIV study analyzes social media-based prevention strategies - Researchers from Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are investigating how social media can be used as a tool to prevent new HIV transmissions. The study, titled "Keeping it Lite: Exploring HIV Risk in Vulnerable Youth With Limited Interaction," implements ads and other modes of outreach on apps and websites such as Grindr, Tinder and Facebook to ...




NATIONAL Lawyer rejects Trump, Pulse case, HIV+ reporter, Ft. Lauderdale - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Trump's legal team reached out in recent days to Theodore B. Olson, one of the country's most high-profile and seasoned litigators, to join forces amid mounting challenges in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election—but Olson declined, The Washington Post reported. Olson, 77, broke his conservative typecast in 2010 when he worked to overturn California's same-sex marriage ...




Season of Concern's Cabaret for Care, Sloan Awards, April 9 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, CHICAGO, IL - - - Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in our community who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness and provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations, will present the 10th annual Larry Sloan Awards at 7pm on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Goodman ...




Dining Out For Life Returns to Chicago on April 26 - Founded in 1991, Dining Out For Life is an annual, international event that raises vital funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Participating restaurants donate a percentage of their daily sales to Dining Out For Life and diners contribute simply by enjoying their meal with our partners. Last year, 3,057 venues throughout the country raised more than $4.2 million with Dining Out ...




NATIONAL Pro-trans ruling, nightclub incidents, HIV outbreak - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Michigan, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a woman who said she was illegally fired by a Garden City funeral home after disclosing she was transitioning from male to female and dressed as a woman, The Detroit Free Press noted. The court stated that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home discriminated against director Aimee ...




Advocate recounts challenges facing women with HIV - Even as technology to prevent and treat HIV infections improves, obstacles continue to impede efforts by providers and advocates to assist women living with HIV. One such organization committed to facing those obstacles however, is Oakland, California-based Positive Women Network-USA ( PWN-USA ). Founded in 2008 by 28 women living with HIV, it now has staff in several American cities ...




Advocates: Transmission laws hinder HIV/AIDS prevention efforts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Laws that penalize intimate partner contact wherein one person has failed to inform the other that they are HIV-positive are viewed by many advocates and service providers as retrograde, unnecessary and even harmful, according to members of a panel that spoke Feb. 15 at Center on Halsted. "Science has not been translated into American courtrooms," said participant Trevor Hoppe, assistant ...




Black LGBTQA event 'Recognitions' Feb. 23 - The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus are hosting "The Chicago LGBTQA Black History Recognitions" on Friday, Feb. 23, at the South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave., 6-8 p.m. Honorees will include activist/Lavender Pop Greeting Cards creator Otis Richardson; Lighthouse Church's Pastor Jamie Frazier; poet/activist/spoken-word artist e. nina jay; trans activist ...




HIV-criminalization panel Feb. 15 - Legal Health Council for Justice and TPAN will co-host "HIV Criminalization: Beyond Shame and Stigma" on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event will include panelist Dr. Trevor Hoppe of State University of New York (SUNY)-Albany, whose recently published book, Punishing Disease, addresses this topic. Other panelists will include Sex Workers Outreach ...




WORLD NEWS Costa Rica election, PrEP news, HIV outbreak - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New Zealand has announced that it will publicly fund PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ) for just $1.20 a month for a prescription, PinkNews reported. The country is one of a few that have made the decision to make the HIV prevention medication available at a reduced price. From March 1, the treatment will be rolled out to those who are ...




Planned Parenthood airs HIV prevention videos on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Planned Parenthood Federation of America is launching new educational videos on pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) and post-exposure prophylaxis ( PEP ), two HIV prevention medications. Despite the life-saving advances in HIV treatment and prevention, racism and other systemic barriers can block people from affordable, quality health care, including today's most ...




Planned Parenthood launches youth-led campaign about birth control, sexual health - From a press release - ( Chicago ) - Planned Parenthood of Illinois ( PPIL ) has launched My Body. My Story.- a youth-led campaign designed to increase sexual health education and access to birth control for 13-19 year olds in Illinois. My Body. My Story. aims to educate youth about all of Planned Parenthood's services with a focus on birth control options through: - ...




Emanuel announces 'Getting to Zero' investments - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced $36 million in new HIV funding opportunities to support Chicago's "Getting to Zero" initiative that aims to effectively eliminate all new diagnoses of HIV in the city by 2027. Last year, Emanuel joined CDPH and advocates from across Chicago to launch the new Getting to Zero ...




SSHC to provide 'Panther' tickets with HIV testing - Via a ticket giveaway, South Side Help Center ( SSHC ) is promoting HIV/AIDS prevention and care specifically targeting the African-American community in commemoration of the annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Adults who participate in receiving a free, confidential oral HIV/AIDS screening in SSHC mobile testing units parked in front of Chatham Studio Movie Grill, 210 W. 87th St., ...




Publix decides to add PrEP coverage for employees, HRC responds - Publix has announced via Twitter that they are in the process of reversing course on PrEP: "Publix appreciates the concerns shared by our associates and customers. We offer generous health coverage to our eligible full-time and part-time associates at an affordable premium and are committed to the health and well-being of our associates and their families. We regularly evaluate what ...




HUD assists HIV/AIDS groups with $4.1M - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) announced $4.1 million for three groups to assist low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families in Illinois. —AIDS Foundation of Chicago-Chicago Housing for Health Partnership, isawarded a HOPWA ( Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ) Program permanent supportive housing renewal grant in the amount of $1,382,574 to ...




AFC calls for state HIV spending transparency - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) announced on Jan. 29 that it had filed a Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA ) request calling for Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) to publicly account for its budgeted HIV-treatment and -prevention spending. In a statement, AFC officials said that the state had not presented an accounting for the ...




Howard Brown's Center for Education, Research and Advocacy lists priorities for 2018 - From a press release - Looking Ahead: Howard Brown's Center forEducation, Research and Advocacy 2018 Priorities Howard Brown launched the Center for Education, Research and Advocacy ( ERA ) less than one year ago—and we have made important strides. Join us as we look to the exciting year ahead! News & Announcements Evaluating salvage therapies for people living with HIV As biomedical interventions, such ...




Global Fund and Partners Launch HIV Epidemic Response - From a press release - DAVOS, Switzerland — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and partners pledged support for HER — HIV Epidemic Response — an initiative to build private sector support for programs that address HIV in 13 African countries where adolescent girls and young women face disproportionate risk. Nearly 7,000 young women and girls are infected with HIV every week, ...




Chicago groups among Elton John grant recipients - Two Chicago organizations are among the 26 groups that the Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) announced it awarded $1.6 million in grants to in December 2017, according to EJAF's website. Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago received a $20,000 grant. A group of Chicago-based sex workers formed the organization in 2007 to build community and address the most pressing ...




500,000+ LGBTs on Medicaid face uncertainty due to HHS guidance on work requirements - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — The Williams Institute estimates that 1,171,000 LGBT adults ages 18-64 years old have Medicaid as their primary source of health insurance. While the majority of LGBT adults with Medicaid are employed, an estimated 542,000 may be at risk of losing coverage due to work or community service requirements that states may impose under guidance released yesterday by ...




Committee advances blood-ban resolution to city council - The Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 12 calling for the federal Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to revoke its ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with other men in the previous year. The non-binding resolution was proposed in November by Ald. Tom Tunney ( ...




TPAN CEO Capouch steps down - Test Positive Aware Network has announced that Patti Capouch has resigned as CEO; the board has named Julie Supple, director of client services, as the organization's interim CEO. "Patti has made significant contributions to TPAN's visibility and success that have stabilized the agency over the past several years," said Michael Murphy, TPAN's board chair, in a press release. Capouch said, ...




Health officials launch 'Getting to Zero' fact-finding tour - Speaking about the Getting to Zero project—a recent initiative launched by AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and other community collaborators to reduce new HIV infections—as well as increase viral suppression amongst those who are already infected, Project Manager Sara Semelka said success depends on cooperation from every corner of Illinois. "We can get there, but we have to ...




TPAN CEO Capouch stepping down - Test Positive Aware Network has announced that Patti Capouch has resigned as CEO and the board has named Julie Supple, director of client services, as the organization's interim CEO. "Patti has made significant contributions to TPAN's visibility and success that have stabilized the agency over the past several years," said Michael Murphy, TPAN's board chair. Capouch said: "I will miss ...




Trump fires remaining HIV/AIDS Council members - President Donald Trump has fired all of the members the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS without explanation, according to reports. Chicago-based Lambda Legal attorney Scott Schoettes, who had previously resigned from the council along with several other members, posted to Twitter on Dec. 28 that the remaining members of the council had been let go. Schoettes said on the post, ...




FCAN executive director leaving - Linda Coon is retiring from her position as executive director of Families' and Children's AIDS Network ( FCAN ), effective Dec. 31, the organization announced on Facebook. FCAN, an Illinois nonprofit organization, has been serving the LGBT community since 1985. The Facebook post reads, in part, "Linda has been a tremendous leader and advocate. Linda has worked tirelessly over the ...




Planting Hope event highlights HIV cure research - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital ( Lurie Children's ) and Northwestern University hosted the Planting Hope: Chicago Unites in Research to End HIV ( CURE HIV ) event Dec. 5 at Reunion Chicago. CURE HIV is a community-academic partnership funded by Gilead Sciences, Inc. that works to further cure research from a holistic ...




'Getting to Zero' town halls Dec. 13, 16 - Over the next year, the Getting to Zero project will be engaging communities across Illinois to gather ideas and write a plan to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the state. To that end, town halls will take place Wed., Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Room 1108, Hall A; and in Park Forest on ...







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