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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, ...




National AIDS Quilt, keynote speaker to highlight week of World AIDS Day - 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. Selected panels from the National AIDS Quilt will be displayed from Monday, November 28 through Thursday, December 1, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State ...




Two-day World AIDS Day Celebration Nov. 30, Dec. 1 - Victory Gardens Theater, Art AIDS America Chicago, QUEER, ILL + OKAY, and Center on Halsted - From a News Release CHICAGO, IL — Victory Gardens Theater, Art AIDS America Chicago and Center on Halsted announce the two-day World AIDS Day Celebration We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now, an HIV/AIDS Arts and Cultural Impact Panel and Performance is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30pm at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street. ...




SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A personal AIDS crisis - Chicago is getting a double dose of drama from Seattle-based playwright Karen Hartman. The rolling world premiere of her play Roz and Ray is now at Victory Gardens Theater following an earlier run at Seattle Repertory Theatre, while The Book of Joseph gets its world premiere in January at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. "My husband is from Chicago and my mother ...




MCA presenting 'Riot Grrrls' - The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago is presenting "Riot Grrrls," described as "an exhibition that celebrates the profusion of brash and adventurous paintings by female artists and also responds to the charges of sexism that pervade the art world, from male artists garnering the highest prices for their work, to their disproportionate representation in exhibitions." "Riot Grrrls" ...




Poz Magazine announces "Poz 100" for 2016 - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 14, 2016 — POZ magazine, the award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, today announced the annual "POZ 100," highlighting individuals working to combat HIV/AIDS chosen from nominations by readers. This year, POZ focused on nominees located in the South ( as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the South ...




Housing available for HIV-positive young adults - El Rescate, an initiative of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ), provides transitional housing to youth ages 18-24 who are struggling with housing stability and identify as LGBTQ or are HIV+. They are providing immediate enrollment for eligible individuals who are living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Residents can live at El Rescate for up ...




Museum to present two AIDS exhibitions - HIV/AIDS is the subject of two of three new exhibitions that will be spotlighted Friday, Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m., at the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. "Affinity in the Tall Grasses of California" features artist Whit Forrester, who documents the workings of medical cannabis farms in the Golden State. A number of the photographs presented ...




Researchers: HIV source entered U.S. in '70 or '71 - Researchers from the University of Arizona and the University of Cambridge claim they have dated when HIV arrived in the United States—and tracked its spread across the country. In doing so, they claim to have cleared the name of the infamous Patient Zero ( a.k.a. Gaetan Dugas ), a Canadian flight attendant who was cited for bringing HIV to the ...




'Art AIDS America' coming Dec. 1 - 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., Dec. 1-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 ...




Conference explores aging issues, HIV - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Health advocate Nelson Vergel says that he's largely finished reading news and research about people who are aging while living with HIV. Most of that news, Vergel said while speaking at a Test Positive Aware Network's ( TPAN ) Oct. 28 conference Older, Wiser and Stronger: Living Well as You Age with HIV, is negative, concentrating on inherent difficulties of ...




Researchers: HIV source entered U.S. in 1970 - Researchers from the University of Arizona and the University of Cambridge claim they have dated when HIV arrived in the United States—and tracked its spread across the country. In doing so, they claim to have cleared the name of the infamous Patient Zero ( a.k.a. Gaetan Dugas ), a Canadian flight attendant who was cited for bringing HIV to the ...




HIV conference features Anthony Fauci - Monkeys infected with SIV, the primate equivalent of HIV, were given a nine-month course of a monoclonal antibody while on antiretroviral therapy ( ART )—then all treatment was stopped. Two of the treated monkeys showed no rebound of the virus while the remaining ten animals showed a "viral blip" before they naturally suppressed their virus to a very low level. ...




AIDS ambassador speaks on value of neighborhood clinics - Speaking at Howard Brown Health's 63rd Street Clinic on Oct. 20, Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large for Global AIDS Efforts, said that President Obama's call for an AIDS-free generation served as a wake up call for many service providers and HIV/AIDS activists. Birx and her colleagues knew that immeasurable hurdles would lie ahead for those looking to treat and prevent new HIV ...




'Older, Wiser, and Stronger' Oct. 28 - "Older, Wiser, and Stronger: Living Well As You Age with HIV" will take place Friday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 111 E. Pearson St., at Loyola University's Lewis Towers. The keynote speaker will be Nelson Vergel, how has been HIV-positive for more than three decades; he is now an advocate and expert on nutrition, salvage therapies and successful aging. ...




Housing opportunities for youth 18-24 living with HIV - From a press release - El Rescate, an initiative of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ), provides transitional housing to youth ages 18-24 who are struggling with housing stability and identify as LGBTQ or are HIV+. They are providing immediate enrollment for eligible individuals who are living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Residents can live at El Rescate for up ...




CDPH announces new fatal case of meningococcal disease - Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), on Oct. 14, announced that there had been another fatal case of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in the Chicago area. The death took place in September, according to a CDPH alert that went to area health providers Sept. 29. The patient was part of the same serogroup that have caused nine other IMD cases ...




Howard Brown to host government officials in HIV stigma, epidemic talks - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, October 14, 2016 ) — On Thursday, October 20, Howard Brown Health will host a free community discussion to address HIV stigma and how it contributes to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The event is open to the public and will feature government officials, members from the Howard Brown leadership team and light refreshments. "We're proud to host this ...




New HIV medication and patient assistance program announced - From a press release - Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced today the launch and general availability of Mytesi ( crofelemer ), the only antidiarrheal studied in and FDA-approved for the relief of diarrhea in HIV+ patients.[1] Previously marketed as Fulyzaq, the product launch under the Mytesi brand importantly includes the unveiling of the Mytesi Copay Savings Program and NapoCares™ Patient Assistance Program to provide people living ...




HIV+ prisoners focus of AFC Black Lives Matter conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Issues facing HIV-positive prisoners were the primary focus of the latest AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Black Lives Matter series conference Oct. 6 at the University Center in Chicago. The Race, Politics and Restorative Justice Black Lives Matter series conference featured plenary remarks by Elissa Johnson ( Southern Poverty Law Center senior staff attorney ) on "HIV Positive ...




Wilmette man accused of criminal HIV transmission - A Wilmette man has been accused of knowingly transmitting the HIV virus to three women he dated, according to reports. According to a June 10 Skokie Police Department news release, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, on July 7, approved three counts of criminal HIV transmission, which is a Class 2 felony, against the man. "These charges were the result ...




Recognizing National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly wrote the following piece in recognition of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( Sept. 27 ) Today, on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we ponder the significance of HIV and AIDS as an American and international reality. 35 years have passed since our country initially confronted the biological challenges of this epidemic. We still ...




AFC's Project Elevate hosts premiere of video vignettes - AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) Project Elevate hosted a red carpet premiere of storyographers video vignettes Sept. 29 at the Hyde Park Art Center. These personal video vignette stories were produced by six transgender and cisgender young adults ages 13-24. They addressed overcoming abandonment, bullying and sexual abuse as well as promoting self esteem and HIV and STI ...




Thousands participate in AFC's 15th annual AIDS Run and Walk - On the rain-soaked morning of Oct. 1 about 2,500 participants gathered for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) 15th annual AIDS Run & Walk outside of Soldier Field. This year's theme was Band Together. WGN Entertainment Reporter Dean Richards kicked off the opening ceremony ahead of the 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run alongside performances by the ...




Illinois HIV+ people urged to take quiz - Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced the HIV #StayinCare Quiz to raise awareness of the topic of staying in care, also known as "retention in care," Business Wire noted. By taking this quiz, people living with HIV in Illinois can measure their offhand awareness and knowledge of why staying in HIV care is important. At the end of the quiz, ...




County health system expands PrEP access - Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ), on Sept. 15, announced an initiative to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for its patients. The new program funds staff in additional locations on the city's West Side, along with CCHHS' Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, to assist patients in obtaining PrEP, an intervention, usually available as the oral ...




Project Elevate red carpet Sept. 29 - AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Project Elevate will host a red-carpet and presentation for six short video vignettes addressing abandonment, bullying, sexual abuse and other issues. The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at Hyde Park Art Center, 5220 S. Cornell Ave., 5-8 p.m. Prior to the vignettes being shown a reception will be held featuring music by DJ Tess ...




White House meeting on LGBTQs, People Living with HIV in criminal justice system - From a press release - September 20, 2016 ( Washington, DC ) — Today the White House hosts 150 formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people, policymakers & advocates to discuss unique challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people and people living with HIV ( PLHIV ) in the criminal legal system. White House officials in attendance include Ashley Allison, Deputy Director ...




'My Positive Message' HIV video-awareness campaign launches - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When he was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, Kevin Maloney said he wasn't going to stay silent about it. "I felt like I needed to speak up about being HIV positive and put a face and a voice to it," Maloney said. Now, he is helping others to do the same. Maloney is behind the grassroots awareness project RiseUpToHIV and ...




20th annual AIDS Benefit at Chicago Academy for the Arts Sept. 23-24 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit takes place Sept. 23rd and 24th at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642. Students from each art department ( Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts ...




Academy's AIDS benefit Sept. 23-24 - Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit will take place Sept. 23-24 at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Ave. Students from each art department ( dance, media arts, music, musical theatre, theater and visual arts ) will present new work, under ...




Illinois HIV+ people urged to take quiz - Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced the HIV #StayinCare Quiz to raise awareness of the topic of staying in care, also known as "retention in care," Business Wire noted. By taking this quiz, people living with HIV in Illinois can measure their offhand awareness and knowledge of why staying in HIV care is important. At the end of the quiz, ...




Northwestern to run LGBT, AIDS exhibitions - Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, will run the art exhibition "Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis" Sept. 17-Dec. 11 at the Katz Gallery. During the same dates, it's also running the first major retrospective of artist Tseng Kwong Chi ( 1950-1990 ) in "Tseng Kwong ...




AFC, Harvard Law file federal complaint against Humana - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), on Sept. 6, filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights ( OCR ) against Humana, charging that the insurance giant routinely denies coverage for or limits access to HIV medications through prohibitively high cost sharing requirements. AFC filed the complaint in partnership with ...




AIDS History: 35th Anniversary of Gathering in Larry Kramer's Living Room - From a press release - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement in response to the 35th anniversary of the first gathering of men in Larry Kramer's living room, which provided the foundation for Gay Men's Health Crisis. STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE: 35 years ago to this day, a group of brave men gathered in Larry Kramer's living room in ...




Experts: 'Negligible risk' of HIV transmission if person is virally undetectable - From a press release - HIV /AIDS experts from the U.S., Australia, Denmark and Switzerland—including Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Health Department — endorsed a consensus statement concluding "negligible risk" of HIV transmission from a person with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy ( ART ) and has had a consistently undetectable viral load for ...




Band together, Illinois: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to unite the HIV community Oct. 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO, July 28 — This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, emphasizing the importance of unity and partnership in responding to health crises, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1, at Chicago's Soldier Field. Inspired by the kaleidoscopic effect of last year's athletes donning COLORbands ( elastic bands that can be worn by participants in a number ...




Clinton builds on her commitment to end AIDS as an epidemic - From a press release - Last Wednesday, in an historic address to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Daniel Driffin — a black, gay man living with HIV — discussed the progress America has made and the work that remains in our fight to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Explaining how he believes we reach that goal, Driffin said "We invest in research and education. ...




HIV-positive activist speaks at DNC - Daniel D. Driffin, a 30-year-old gay black man living with HIV, and a civic leader in Georgia, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 27. He was the first openly HIV-positive speaker at the DNC in 12 years. Driffin detailed Hillary Clinton's HIV/AIDS advances while as First Lady, in the Senate and as Secretary of State, saying her work ...




Quigley Statement on FDA Request for Comment Period on Blood Donor Deferral Policy - From a press release - CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement regarding the Food and Drug Administration's ( FDA ) announcement that a public docket will be established to request comments on potential changes to the current blood donor deferral policy: "I am encouraged by today's announcement that the FDA will ...




HIV positive speaker at the Democratic National Convention after 12 year hiatus - From a press release - Last week, Secretary Hillary Clinton's campaign followed-up with the national coalition of HIV/AIDS activists and organizations to nominate a short list of people living with HIV/AIDS to speak at the DNC 2016. Clinton's campaign selected the coalition's top pick of Daniel D. Driffin, a 30-year-old gay black man living with HIV, and a civic leader in Georgia. Daniel gives voice ...




New blood-donation rules for gay men slowly take effect - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ), in December, significantly reduced the timeframe during which gay men would have had to abstain from sex in order to make blood donations, down to 12 months. Many blood donation centers, however, have been slow to put that new rule into effect. Chicagoan Michael Albert, a sign-language interpreter, began calling donation centers ...




Chicago House unveils new leaders - Chicago House and Social Service Agency has welcomed new leaders to assist the organization in achieving its objectives and to serve individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness and/or gender nonconformity. Ray Koenig, partner at Clark Hill PLC, will lead Chicago House's board of trustees as the new chair, replacing Ray Lechner, who served as ...




Report: No new transmissions between HIV-negative partners and people on HIV treatment - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation hailed the groundbreaking results of the recently released PARTNER study finding no linked cases of HIV transmission between people living with HIV undergoing successful antiretroviral therapy ( ART ) and their HIV-negative partners. "The results of this important study provide further proof that people living with HIV are not a threat to anyone," said Mary ...




'Art AIDS America' coming Dec. 1 - From a press release - (CHICAGO) July 14, 2016 — Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art, culminates its U.S. tour here at the Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago). This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest ...




Ride for AIDS culminates with emotional festival - The 13th annual Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) Ride for AIDS Chicago fundraiser ended its two-day weekend event with a festival July 10 at Leahy Park in Evanston, Illinois. The event began in Evanston with a two-day, 200 mile ride, and ended at Leahy Park. This year, TPAN added a one-day, 100 mile ride that took place July ...




Chicago House announces new board members - From a press release - Chicago House and Social Service Agency has welcomed new leaders to assist the organization in achieving its objectives and to serve individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. Scott Ammarell, who recently assumed the role of CEO at Chicago House after Reverend Stan Sloan stepped down, is prepared to use his experience ...




Ride for AIDS Chicago: Fighting HIV/AIDS mile after mile - The annual Ride For AIDS Chicago will have about 275 participants this year, including about 200 riders—and about half of the cyclists are first-time participants in the Test Positive Aware Network's largest fundraiser, which raises vital unrestricted funds for TPAN and its community partners. The two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride on July 9-10, which starts and ends in suburban Evanston, is ...




Nat'l HIV Testing Day June 27 - June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. This day was established as an annual observance to promote HIV testing, according to AIDS.gov. The theme is "Doing It." The website also contains the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator—a first-of-its-kind, location-based search tool that allows people to search for testing services, housing providers, health centers and other service providers near ...




Panel examines challenges of HIV prevention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to Jim Pickett, director of advocacy for AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), "We're in revolutionary, paradigm-shifting times," when it comes to HIV prevention. But Pickett, speaking as part of the panel titled 35 years on the Frontlines: Local, National and Global HIV/AIDS Prevention on June 6 at AFC headquarters, noted that even with improved prevention technologies and ...




Rep. Quigley, 114 Bipartisan House Members Push FDA to End Gay, Bi Blood Ban - On June 20, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), Jared Polis ( CO-02 ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz ( FL-23 ), Diana DeGette ( CO-01 ), and Alcee Hastings ( FL-20 ) led a bipartisan letter signed by over 100 House colleagues calling on Food and Drug Administration ...




AIDS @ 35: Gaylord discusses a life in "creative" activism - Sanford E. Gaylord has long referred to himself as a "creative activist." "The arts are what makes my blood beat," Gaylord said. "The job is what pays the mortgage and feeds me. Any opportunity that I have to bring the arts within the work that I do, I take." Gaylord works as regional resource consultant for the Regional Resource Network ...




AMA Urges Physician Education on Use of Once-A-Day HIV Prevention - CHICAGO — The American Medical Association ( AMA ) adopted new policies today recognizing the need for improved education of physicians on the effective use of pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) to prevent HIV acquisition in high-risk individuals. Tenofovir/emtricitabine ( also known as PrEP ) is a once-a-day prevention option for HIV-negative men and women that reduces the risk of ...




Reps. Quigley, Lee, Baldwin Statement on Blood Donor Ban - Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ( HPSCI ), and Barbara Lee ( CA-13 ), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and ...




Newest edition of Red Ribbon Cash ticket unveiled - On June 8 at the James R. Thompson Center, the Illinois Lottery and Illinois Department of Public Health unveiled the ninth edition of the Red Ribbon Cash $3 instant game ticket. The ticket is the only one in the nation where 100 percent of the proceeds go toward HIV/AIDS research, education and prevention. Illinois Lottery Communications Director Stephen Rossi spoke ...




AIDS @ 35: Sean Strub speaks about the HIV/AIDS crisis - On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC, now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) published in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR ) that there were five cases—all gay men in Los Angeles—of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ). Two of the men had died. That report set the stage for the ...




CDPH receives $3 million grant for HIV prevention and care - Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), on June 7, announced that it had received a $3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), funds from which will be directed towards local agencies for HIV prevention and treatment efforts for MSM ( men who have sex with men ) and transgender persons of ...




Obama statement on 35th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America - From the White House - On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented cases of AIDS. The past 35 years tell a story that bends from uncertainty, fear, and loss toward resilience, innovation, and hope. We've learned that stigma and silence don't just fuel ignorance, they foster transmission and ...




CNN's "The Eighties: The Fight Against AIDS" episode airs June 2 - From a press release - This week's episode of the CNN Original Series The Eighties "The Fight Against AIDS" airs tomorrow, June 2, at 9pm ET/PT and focuses on the pandemic that created a movement and defined a decade. In the 1980s a mysterious and lethal illness developed into a pandemic with enormous political and cultural consequences. What started as a medical detective story grew ...




Chicagoan among pharmacists' group's newest officers - The American Pharmacists Association ( APhA ) announced the election of Nicki L. Hilliard, PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as 2017—2018 APhA president-elect. Hilliard will succeed Nancy A. Alvarez, of Lake Forest, California, to the office of APhA president on March 19, 2018, at the end of the 2018 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville. In ...




Longtime AIDS activist focuses on criminal-justice system - For Megan McLemore, a longtime activist and attorney with the New York-based Human Rights Watch ( HRW ), the HIV epidemic in the United States is being fueled by the epidemic of mass incarceration. But McLemore, a senior researcher in HRW's Health and Human Rights division, has contended that the criminal justice system is largely absent from local and national ...




Report: Southern MSM most at risk for HIV - Emory University researchers unveiled a map documenting HIV rates for gay and bisexual men, revealing those individuals are most at risk for becoming infected in various Southern cities. The cities with the highest rates included Columbia, South Carolina; El Paso, Texas; Augusta, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jackson, Mississippi. In these cities, more than 25 percent of men who have ...




UN blocks orgs that rep trans people from AIDS meeting - From a press release - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement after a shocking story in The New York Times this week that details the exclusion of 22 nongovernmental organizations from a United Nations global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic. The New York Times reported that "Russia, Cameroon, Tanzania, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a 57-nation bloc, objected to ...




Incoming Chicago House CEO looks ahead - Scott Ammarell says that housing is an issue that he's long been passionate about. "One of the things I've learned is the necessity of having a roof over your head," said Ammarell, who, for many years, was a counsel for Chicago Housing Authority ( CHA ). On May 4, Chicago House and Social Services Agency announced that Ammarell would be ...




Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, on May 12, met with a coalition of 20 HIV/AIDS leaders and experts, according to a statement. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Among the policies that Clinton has outlined during her campaign are capping out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for people with HIV/AIDS; protecting those with HIV/AIDS from ...




Hillary Clinton meets with HIV/AIDS activists - From a press release - Today, Hillary Clinton met with HIV and AIDS experts and advocates representing a diverse coalition of more than 70 leaders and organizations in the community. The meeting took place at the Hillary for America headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, where they discussed Clinton's continued commitment to tackling the epidemic in the U.S. and globally, fighting discrimination against PLHIV and AIDS, and ...




Atripla removed from preferred

drug list - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Howard Brown Health ( HBH ) have confirmed that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services ( HFS ) has removed Atripla from the preferred drug list in an effort to reduce costs. Atripla was the only single-tablet regimen ( STR ) HIV medication covered under the Illinois Medicaid program's ...




HIV/AIDS PSA launched by GLAAD and Taylor Foundation - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD has released a Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) in partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation ( ETAF ). The PSA, produced by Martian Entertainment is meant to push awareness about the fight to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp1P0NL1iqk . The PSA harnesses the power and emotion of Elizabeth Taylor's speech ...




Quigley Directs FDA to Remove Blood Donor Biased Question - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, successfully included his amendment in the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill instructing the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to remove the discriminatory question on sexual orientation from its blood donor questionnaire and replace it with a question that is based ...




HIV-to-HIV organ transplants performed - In what some have called a groundbreaking development, Johns Hopkins University surgeons performed liver and kidney transplants from an HIV-positive donor to HIV-positive recipients. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act—which President Obama signed into law in 2013—allows HIV-positive donors to donate organs to patients infected with the AIDS-causing virus, Dr. Dorry Segev said. Segev—a professor of surgery and director of ...







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