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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 ...




MOVIES In good 'Shape': Richard Jenkins on his latest film - Director Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a loving, emotional, witty and sometimes gory homage to old Hollywood creature features and romance with its 1962-set tale of a mute cleaning woman, Elisa ( Sally Hawkins ), who falls in love with a Creature from the Black Lagoon-like monster ( played by Doug Jones, Star Trek: Discovery's alien Science ...




DIFFA marks World AIDS Day with fest - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) presented its inaugural World AIDS Day benefit, the STAND UP FOR RED Indoor Street Fest. Host sponsor Center on Halsted received a portion of the proceeds from the event. The event showcased DIFFA/Chicago's Excellence in Care Award grantees as well as a an advocacy/education exhibit from #PrEP4Love and a special interactive exhibit ...




CDPH: New HIV cases in "monumental decline" but disparities remain - Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) released new HIV/AIDS-related statistics on Dec. 1. The numbers show that there were 839 new HIV cases in 2016, which the agency said is the fewest number of new cases in 15 years and represent a 55 percent overall decrease in new cases since 2001. In her introduction to the report, CDPH ...




Santa Speedo Run zips through Boystown, thousands raised for Center on Halsted - An army of sexy Santas took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to don red velvet hats ( and not much more ) for the annual Santa Speedo Run, a benefit for Center on Halsted, Saturday, December 2. The event kicked off at Sidetrack, as the jolly participants signed up and joined together for the singing of the specialized Christmas ...




AFC unveils its 16th annual World of Chocolate - Over 1,000 guests headed for Revel Fulton Market for AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) 16th annual World of Chocolate celebration on Dec. 1. About 19 confectioners, restaurants and other businesses took part in the annual competition and celebration that usually marks an enjoyable closing to local World AIDS Day observations and remembrances; World AIDS Day is also marked ...




HRC Marks World AIDS Day On Its 30th Anniversary - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement in observance of World AIDS Day: "On World AIDS Day, we pause to remember those we have lost to AIDS-related illness, and recommit ourselves to ending the HIV epidemic and combating HIV-related stigma," said Peter Cruz, Associate Director of the HIV and Health Equity Program. "We must keep ...




Trans people of color speak out for World AIDS Day, TLC releases three powerful videos - From a Transgender Law Center press release - ( Oakland, CA ) — In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017, Transgender Law Center ( TLC ) is releasing three new videos created by trans people of color living with HIV. The videos from Positively Trans members Aryah Lester, Arianna Lint, and Marcus Ecks, developed at Story Center workshops, provide a more personal look at the ...




For World AIDS Day, Illinois HIV Care Connect introduces new content, quiz - From a press release - Springfield, Ill. — Nov. 29, 2017 — Due to treatment as prevention advancements, getting to zero HIV cases in Illinois is now an achievable goal. To encourage people living with HIV to follow treatment as prevention care regimens, Illinois HIV Care Connect introduced new text and video content on its website for World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ). People ...




World AIDS Day events in Chicagoland - Below is a list of some of the local World AIDS Day-related events that are slated to take place on or around the official date ( Friday, Dec. 1 ): —South Suburban College will hold its "World AIDS Day: HIV and Hepatitis C Awareness Workshop" on Wed., Nov. 29, 1-2 p.m. in the MB Financial Suite of the main campus. ...




World AIDS Day street fest Nov. 30 - The inaugural "World AIDS Day benefit: STAND UP FOR RED Indoor Street Fest" will be presented by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) on Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The event will showcase DIFFA's Excellence In Care Award grantees, AIDS Chicago Foundation PrEP4LOVE, as well as have a special interactive ...




Aldermen sponsor resolution calling for end to gay blood-ban - The five members of the Chicago City Council's LGBT Caucus, as well as two other alderman, introduced a resolution on Nov. 21 calling for the end of the ban on blood donations from gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ). The ban was implemented in the '80s at the height of the AIDS crisis, ...




Dr. Tom Klein talks upcoming award, HIV/AIDS work - Longtime advocate and community leader Dr. Tom Klein is set to receive Heartland Health Outreach's ( HHO ) Food For Life award at the organization's annual holiday brunch Sunday, Dec. 3. HHO is honoring Klein for his long history of advancing the health and well-being of Chicago's LGBTQ community. Klein was born in Detroit and hospitalized when he was 4 ...




World AIDS Day street fest Nov. 30 - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) will present its inaugural "World AIDS Day benefit: STAND UP FOR RED Indoor Street Fest" on Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The event will showcase DIFFA's Excellence In Care Award grantees, AIDS Chicago Foundation PrEP4LOVE, as well as have a special interactive exhibit called ...




New HIV reporting scholarship launches - The nonprofit Bodies on the Line HIV journalism memorial project has announced a new HIV reporting scholarship, "The Kiki." The Kiki is designed to support working journalists in different media to report on frontline issues of the HIV epidemic that are underreported today. The Kiki is named after Curtis "Kiki" Mason, an HIV-positive columnist for POZ magazine who died of ...




HIV/AIDS advocates: AmfAR chair Kenneth Cole should resign - From a press release - More than 60 people living with HIV ( PLHIV ), PLHIV networks and HIV/AIDS community leaders today called on Kenneth Cole to resign or be replaced as Board Chair of amfAR. Signees to the letter include people living with HIV/AIDS, advocates, former amfAR board members, non-profit groups, donor organizations and others. Those signing the letter include a number of nationally-recognized ...




Reyna Ortiz book release highlights Vives Q event - Vives Q presented the final edition of its First Tuesday series for 2017 with a special book-release celebration Nov. 7 for trans activist and health/HIV educator Reyna Ortiz' memoir, T Stands for Truth: In Search of the Queen (Trans Fusions Publishing). Ortiz not only spoke about her story in conversation with moderator Emmanuel Garcia, but was later joined by her ...




Elton John AIDS Foundation's gala celebrates 25 years, honors founder - From a press release - NEW YORK, NEW YORK ( November 8, 2017 ) — Last night, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) raised more than $4.3 million at its 2017 annual New York Fall Gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, supporting services, and advocacy programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean. American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert ...




DIFFA/Chicago World AIDS Day Street Fest at Center Nov. 30 - From a press release - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) presents its inaugural World AIDS Day benefit: STAND UP FOR RED Indoor Street Fest Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. the event will showcase DIFFA's Excellence In Care Award Grantees, AIDS Chicago Foundation PrEP4LOVE, as well as have a special interactive exhibit called Life: Fight: Love, ...




Black Treatment Advocate Network Chicago hosts open house - On Oct. 24, The Black Treatment Advocate Network Chicago ( BTAN Chicago ) hosted an afternoon party and open house aimed at broadening its network of caregivers and to engage members of the LGBTQ African American community to mingle, network and engage with one another. Spearheading the event—which took place at the coach house behind Storyographers at 4740 S. Drexel ...




Brown Elephant's 'Best of' Nov. 4-5 - On Nov. 4-5, the Brown Elephant, 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. will host its 5th "Best of" event, offering a curated selection of vintage and high-end clothes, shoes, and accessories from all three of its Chicago-area stores. The event will take palace Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It will feature designers such as ...




LGBT legal event with ACLU's Strangio Nov. 7 - "What can the law do for LGBT rights? A conversation with ACLU's Chase Strangio" will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m., at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Community Room, 5733 S. University Ave. Strangio is a staff attorney with ACLU's LGBT and HIV Project, is a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and National Public Radio, ...




Cleve Jones event Nov. 6 at Sidetrack - Legendary AIDS and LGBT-rights activist Cleve Jones will be at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Monday, Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m. He will be promoting his book, When We Rise. Jones joined the gay-rights movement in the early 1970s. LGBT activist Harvey Milk was Jones' mentor, and he worked in Milk's City Hall office as a student intern until Milk's ...




Reports: Trump opioid response may imperil HIV/AIDS dollars - President Donald Trump's Oct. 26 declaration that the opioid crisis is a federal health emergency, without allocating additional dollars to address the issue, may ultimately result in a cut to spending on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatments, some experts fear. Without allocating new funds towards addressing opioids issues, the government could only combat the problem through reallocating parts of existing funding ...




Brown Elephant's 'Best of' Nov. 4-5 - On Nov. 4-5, the Brown Elephant, 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. will host its 5th "Best of" event, offering a curated selection of vintage and high-end clothes, shoes, and accessories from all three of its Chicago-area stores. The event will take palace Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It will feature designers such as ...




American Brotherhood Weekend names titleholders, presents $900 to Vital Bridges - From a press release - Chicago, IL - October 8, 2017. The producers of American Brotherhood Weekend pleased to announce the winners of their 2017 contest, held October 6-8 in Chicago, Illinois. The 2017 American Leatherman title was awarded to Rod McCoy, who hails from the great state of Maryland. Rod held the title of Leatherman of Color 2011, and is a Full Brother of ...




CA Gov Signs Bill Modernizing state HIV Laws - From a press release - ( Sacramento, CA — Oct. 6, 2017 )—Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law landmark legislation to reform outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV. Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and Asm. Todd Gloria ( D-San Diego ) and cosponsored by Lambda Legal, Equality California, ...




South Side Help Center marks 30 years - The South Side Help Center celebrated 30 years of service with a gala event titled Keeping the Legacy Alive Sept. 30 at the famed Parkway Ballroom. The event attracted a near-sold-out audience which included many health and mental health providers, faith-based community leaders, community activists, and family members. Keeping the Legacy Alive featured an informal opening reception, a dinner, musical ...




Test Positive Aware marks 30 years - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) threw itself a 30th anniversary celebration, "30 Years of Hope," Sept. 28 at Moonlight, 1446 W. Kinzie. Several of TPAN's founders attended the event, which featured an address by former ACT UP activist Peter Staley. Others spoke about the early days of the organization. the night included live music, a live auction, a ...




City endorses international TasP-awareness campaign - Chicago Department of Public Health announced on Sept. 28 that city officials were joining the international "U=U" promotional campaign aimed both at raising awareness about the effectiveness of HIV treatment and reducing stigmatization of persons with HIV/AIDS. "U=U" is an abbreviation for "Undetectable=Untransmittable." The campaign was launched in 2016 by the Prevention Access Campaign, an international coalition of advocates and ...




Howard Brown unveils Hyde Park clinic - Howard Brown Health held a grand opening on Sept. 27 for its newest location at 1525 E. 55th Street in Hyde Park. The new location is Howard Brown's second South Side location—the first is on 63rd Street in the Englewood neighborhood—and is part of the organization's continuing efforts to expand its services beyond the city's North Side. The organization had ...




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 ...




South Side Help Center to celebrate 30th anniversary - South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), for Executive Director Vanessa Smith, has long been a family affair. Her mother, Betty, founded SSHC 30 years ago. "She started the organization, and she enlisted her two daughters to help," Vanessa recalled. "I ran the HIV youth development program and my sister ran after-school programs. "We were both very much involved, and ...




Plea deal reached in Missouri HIV case - After four years, the case of Michael Johnson—a former college wrestler charged with infecting a same-sex partner with HIV—has been resolved with a plea deal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The former wrestler was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty in May 2015. Later that year, an appeals court overturned the conviction. St. ...




Chicago Academy of the Arts' AIDS benefit - The Chicago Academy for the Arts will hold its 21st Annual AIDS Benefit at the school, 1010 W. Chicago Ave. The benefit will take place Friday, Sept. 22, at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the dance wing of the academy. Started by Academy alum Justin Tranter—an industry songwriter of many hits such ...




South Side Help Center to mark 30 years, honor leaders, support hurricane recovery - From a press release - Chicago, IL September 20, 2017 —South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), a not-for-profit, community-based organization, will be celebrating 30 years of serving in the Chicago land area, most particularly in the areas of youth mentoring/violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care services, at the historic Parkway Ballroom on Sept. 30, 2017 and will donate a portion of the ...




Meet AIDS Run & Walk Chicago ambassadors - The AIDS Run & Walk Chicago—taking place Sunday, Oct. 1—welcomes people from all walks of life who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Foundation of Chicago assembles a team of ambassadors for the event with the purpose of putting their stories on the forefront to inspire. This year's ambassadors are: Erica Bertrand MacCallum, Armando Ramirez-Guzman and Joel Guzman-Ramirez, Mara Goldman, ...




TPAN to celebrate '30 Years of Hope' - On Sept. 28, Test Positive Awareness Network, or TPAN, will celebrate 30 years of supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS. Merrill Kenna, the organization's director of development, spoke with Windy City Times about the celebration as well as the organization's past, present and hopes for the future. TPAN, which began as a grassroots movement, was founded by Chris Clason in 1987 ...




Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium registration remains open - From a press release - At Howard Brown Health's 3rd annual Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium, Oct. 6-7, LGBTQ healthcare providers and advocates will showcase lessons learned and other innovative sexual health and HIV prevention programs. In August, the peer-reviewed journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases published a paper highlighting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) promotion strategies among men who have sex with men who were referred to ...




TPAN: Our story is your story - by Gary Nelson, Positively Aware - A few months ago, Positively Aware's associate editor Enid Vázquez shared some recollections from her 20-plus years of working at TPAN ( TPAN: 30 Years of Empowerment, July+August 2017 ). "People often say, 'TPAN saved my life.' I know that sometimes that is literal, and sometimes that is an emotional response. The emotional perception is just as valid." We at ...




Survey: Diarrhea important but under-reported complaint of HIV/AIDS patients - From a press release - San Francisco, CA — September 12, 2017 — Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( Napo ), a human health company developing and commercializing novel gastrointestinal prescription products from plants used traditionally in rainforest areas, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jaguar Health, Inc. ( NASDAQ: JAGX ) ( Jaguar ), announced today the results of a survey of 271 U.S. board certified gastroenterologists, ...




AIDS Benefit to be hosted by the Chicago Academy for the Arts - The students of the Chicago Academy for the Arts will present the 21st annual AIDS Benefit Sept. 22. Each year, Academy students produce and perform in a benefit show to support HIV/AIDS research. The 21st Annual AIDS Benefit will take place Sept. 22 at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the dance wing of ...




South Side Help Center to honor leaders for AIDS, youth, give to hurricane recovery - Chicago, IL September 14, 2017 — South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), a not-for-profit, community based organization, will be celebrating 30 years of serving in the Chicago land area, most particularly in the areas of youth mentoring/violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care services, at the historic Parkway Ballroom on Sept. 30, 2017 and will donate a portion ...




Local researchers seek subjects in "smart-PrEP" study - Researchers with Cook County Health & Hospitals System ( CCHHS ) are seeking volunteers for a study researching the effectiveness of a "smart-PrEP" capsule intended to help improve patient adherence. The capsule consists of the medication Truvada—the only such medication approved for a PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, intervention—encased within a sensor capsule. When that capsule is ingested and makes contact ...




Bernie Brommel looks back at early years of TPAN - As the Test Positive Aware Network prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary as an official agency, and more than that as a group of HIV-positive people gathered for support, one of its original members, Bernie Brommel, is prepared to tell his story. This interview took place in 2008, but Brommel was not yet ready to have his story printed. Now, ...




Elton John AIDS Foundation to commemorate 25th year, honor founder - From a press release - ( NEW YORK, NY, September 12, 2017 )— On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. This year's gala commemorates the Foundation's 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew ...




$1 million to HIV groups impacted by Harvey, Irma announced at conference - From a press release - Sept. 7, 2017 - A $1 million fund to help HIV organizations impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was announced today at the opening of the 21st annual U.S. Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC. The $1 million is being donated by Gilead Sciences. The announcement was made at the USCA's opening plenary as the conference honored those working in ...




AIDS activist Louise Hay dies - Louise Hay—a writer, motivational speaker and founder of Hay House publishing house—has died at age 90. "Meeting Louise changed the direction of my life," Reid Tracy, president and CEO of Hay House, Inc., said in a statement posted on her website, according to a Los Angeles Blade article. Many saw Hay as a spiritual guru on the same level as ...




AIDS researcher alleges false arrest and mistreatment from CPD - A longtime AIDS researcher and physician is alleging that the Chicago Police Department subjected him to a false-arrest and mistreatment while in custody. David Ostrow, MD, was arrested Aug. 21 at 1:45 p.m. while he was dining outside Little Wok, 3144 N. Broadway. According to a CPD spokesperson, Ostrow was arrested and charged with retail theft of display merchandise worth ...




Center on Halsted Awarded $200,000 Grant to Improve Lives of Youth Living with HIV - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( August 22, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted has been awarded a two-year $200,000 grant from ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action for Youth program to help improve the lives of young people living with HIV. Center on Halsted is set to pilot three six-week drop-in sessions for youth living with HIV aged 13—24. The program will train Youth ...




National roundup: Military group, Black AIDS Institute, cruising sting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA )—the nation's largest organization of LGBT military spouses and their families—praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' condemnation of President Trump's proposed transgender military ban, according to a press release. The commission said, "The President's mere announcement of a ban on transgender military service harms all Americans by sending a message that fosters ...




World news: Montreal mayor, HIV-test machine, interfaith wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Just a few days after Canada Montreal Pride 2017 made a statement calling a Montreal police intervention "excessive," police chief Philippe Pichet said sorry to the LGBTQ community, The Montreal Gazette reported. The public apology addressed the violent raids on gay bars that took place in the city from the 1960s to the 1990s. Several of the city's LGBTQ representatives ...




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 ...







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