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World AIDS Museum opens in Fort Lauderdale - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - FORT LAUDERDALE—Magic Johnson met the media in Los Angeles late in the afternoon on Nov. 7, 1991, to announce his immediate retirement from the NBA after having been diagnosed HIV-positive. Johnson was again talking to the media, this time here in Florida 22 years later to the day of his NBA retirement speech—and again talking about HIV and AIDS. Last ...




A Day with HIV, Chicago Cultural Center, Sept. 5 - TPAN and the Centers for Disease Control present a community exhibit of "A Day with HIV" on Friday Sept.5, 4-6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, Preston-Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington St., Chicago. Light refreshments will be served. TPAN and Positively Aware also present a community reception in honor of the magazine's 5th annual 2014 anti-stigma photo campaign, A Day ...




NLGJA 2014: Health writers discuss HIV/AIDS reporting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There are two factors that seriously impede Americans' understanding of HIV/AIDS: They don't understand science, and they don't like to talk about sex. That was among the observations made by a panel of journalist-activists speaking Aug. 21 about reporting on HIV/AIDS at the annual convention of the National Lesbian & gay Journalists Association, held at the Palmer House Hilton. The ...




DANCE Francisco Aviña's one-man show is about 'A.r.T.' - (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) - Francisco Aviña was diagnosed with HIV on June 16, 2011. Aviña, 38, is a professional dancer; presently, he represents Chicago's Hubbard Dance Company but over the past two decades, the Mexican artist has choreographed or danced alongside entertainers like Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, Elton John and numerous others around the globe. Three years ago, Aviña and his longtime ...




AFC in report to UN about HIV and minorities - In a report submitted to the United Nations, a national coalition of HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations details the disparate impact of HIV/AIDS on communities of color, and identifies what the groups perceive as a lack of U.S. action on social drivers of the epidemic in those communities as a human rights violation, according to a press release from AIDS Foundation of ...




Federal officials discuss HIV/AIDS progress - The Obama Administration's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, as well as state and local service providers' responses and report on their own progress, was the focus of an Aug. 5 panel at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Douglas Brooks, director of the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy, spoke of the federal government's efforts to curb new infections ...




Mother of Ryan White to Congress: Maintain commitment - From a news release - Washington, DC — As the fight against HIV/AIDS turns a new corner with growing evidence of the importance of AIDS treatment and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), Jeanne White-Ginder — the mother of Ryan White — the namesake of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, today returned to our nation's capital to remind lawmakers of the ...




Ryan White's mom's campaign; HIV removed from human cells - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeanne White-Ginder—mother of the late Ryan White, the Kokomo, Indiana, teenager who died from AIDS-related complications nearly 25 years ago—was in Washington, D.C., July 30 to remind Congress of the importance of funding the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, according to a press release. White-Ginder went to Washington on behalf of The AIDS Institute. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides medical ...




AIDS policy listening session Aug. 5 - The White House Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ) regional listening session will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3—5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. ONAP will review state and local efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy ( NHAS ), gather feedback from ...




SAID tags +$500M toward creating AIDS-free generation - From a press release - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - The U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID ) announced today three major HIV and AIDS awards, funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ( PEPFAR ), to support global efforts to help end extreme poverty by creating an AIDS-free generation. The new programs support implementation of the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation ...




Lambda: Stop HIV-based prosecutions due to DOJ guidance - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C. Thursday, July 17, 2014 ) —Lambda Legal today called for a moratorium on all HIV-based criminal prosecutions until state legislatures take action to implement the reforms recommended in the recent Department of Justice ( DOJ ) guidance advising states to eliminate such prosecutions absent clear evidence of an intent to harm and a significant risk of actual ...




CDPH launches Project CHAT 2014 survey to inform HIV plans - From a press release - CHICAGO - Today, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) launched the fourth cycle of Project CHAT, the HIV behavioral survey for men who have sex with men ( MSM ) in Chicago. Since its inception, Project CHAT has interviewed and HIV tested more than 2,200 men at over 300 venues in Chicago. The data gathered from the ...




PrEP effective with few doses a week; no new dosing strategies - A report delivered at the 2014 international Conference on AIDS—simultaneously published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases July 22—said that use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, can reduce chances of HIV infection by 90%, even when the patient takes as few as two or three doses a week. Taking four or more doses a week offers nearly 100% reduction in the ...




Journalist Vargas detained; Lambda Legal's call - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Border Patrol agents detained the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-activist Jose Antonio Vargas in McAllen, Texas, after he told them he was in the country illegally, CNN reported. He was released on his own recognizance with a notice to appear before an immigration judge. Vargas, who's also come out as openly gay, became an outspoken advocate pushing for an overhaul of ...




Six of airliner fatalities confirmed as AIDS researchers/activists - Six passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine July 17, were confirmed as researchers headed for the 20th International AIDS Conference, which began July 20 in Melbourne, Australia. Two hundred ninety-eight individuals lost their lives in the crash, which has triggered political turmoil between Russia several nations, including the United States Australian media originally reported—and international media ...




Obama praises work of AIDS researchers killed in plane crash - President Obama on July 18 expressed the nation's regrets over the loss of numerous AIDS researchers and advocates who lost their lives aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine July 17. The comments came just as Obama ended a White House briefing on the crash: "On board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, there were apparently nearly 100 researchers and ...




AIDS researchers, activists reportedly among crash fatalities - About 100 of the 298 killed in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crash in Ukraine July 17 were reportedly individuals headed for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia. Attendees at a pre-conference gathering in Sydney were informed the morning of July 18 that 100 of their colleagues—among them researchers, medical workers and activists—had been killed in the crash, Sydney ...




CDC educates on dangers of smoking for HIV+ - From a press release - Ft. Lauderdale, FL; July 16, 2014-The CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign marks a historic partnership between the CDC's tobacco and HIV divisions to spread the news about the synergistic bad effects of smoking while HIV+. CDC has been hosting national webinars with all of their tobacco grantees, all of their HIV grantees, and directly with HIV community based organizations ...




Conflict Center to mediate for Ryan White grievances - The Chicago Center For Conflict Resolution ( CCR ) offers free mediation services to anyone who wants them. "We've done landlord-tenant disputes, or neighbor disputes, even siblings and couples breaking up," said Rae Kyristi, J.D, the mediation services director. "The idea of mediation is that the parties in conflict will sit down with a neutral third party and discuss what's ...




HIV cure: One step back, many paths forward - VIEWS - In March 2013, HIV advocates cheered when they heard the news that a baby girl in Mississippi appeared to be cured of HIV. Without any detectible virus in her blood, it seemed like the medical community had taken another giant step toward finding a cure for the 30-year-old epidemic. But last week, some sobering news was released: Doctors announced July ...




Black LGBT trailblazers; Maddow talks Perry; ENDA debate - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ebony Magazine has released its list of the top 10 Black LGBT trailblazers on the rise. They include actress Laverne Cox; WNBA player Brittney Griner; advocate Janet Mock; writer/filmmaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler; violinist/mezzo-soprano Tona Brown; activist Tiq Milan; musician Siya; pro football player Michael Sam; singer Big Freedia; and educator/ex-NBA player Wade Davis. Amid all of the mistakes that ...




Progress in four years of the National HIV/AIDS strategy - From THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary - On July 15, 2010, President Obama released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which envisions that"the United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination." The ...




An Evening of Magic July 26 to support AFC - From a press release - Chicago IL — Chicago LGBTQA magicians create one night show to experience wonder with Chicago magicians in the LGBTQA community, the first show of its kind that highlights the work of LGBTQA magicians. Proceeds support AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Staring Chicago Magicians: Eugene Burger- One of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century Benjamin Barnes- Chicago native and ...




Child with HIV, once thought cured, shows re-infection signs - A Mississippi child, previously thought to have been in remission from HIV, has once again shown signs of the infection, researchers say. Doctors had announced in March 2013 that the child seemed to have been cured, following an aggressive treatment of antiretroviral drugs that were begun just a few days after their birth. It was the second widely known case ...




Tim Emond returns for Ride for AIDS - Tim Emond has a lofty goal for the 2014 Ride For AIDS Chicago, the two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride produced by and benefitting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) and community partners. He's aiming to raise $5,000. This is Emond's second consecutive year riding. He is 34, lives in north suburban Glenview and works at Kraft Foods' corporate headquarters ...




Love grows as lesbians fight HIV/AIDS, stigma - The first time they met was at the International Conference on AIDS two summers ago in Washington, D.C., and Kathryn Mercado was convinced she would not get along with Kimberly Ramirez, based on what she now admits was "a school yard crush in the making." They met again last September at the United States Conference on AIDS, held in New ...




City resolution salutes 11th annual Ride for AIDS Chicago - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council passed a resolution on June 25, recognizing the participants and volunteers in the 11th Annual Ride for AIDS Chicago ( RFAC ) for their commitment to raising awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS services in Chicagoland. Organized by the not-for-profit Test Positive Awareness Network ( TPAN ), the two-day, 200-mile Ride for AIDS ...




Collins, Red Ribbon sponsor, observes Nat'l HIV Test Day - Illinois state Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) was among those present at the recent unveiling of the new Red Ribbon Cash scratch-off lottery ticket, which supports HIV/AIDS services. Collins observed National HIV Testing Day by reminding Illinoisans that while new diagnoses have increased among at-risk, predominantly minority populations, there is hope for those who know their status and take ...




Annual Ride For AIDS Chicago is July 12-13 - The 2014 Ride For AIDS Chicago is expecting 330 riders for the two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride, including more than 100 first-time riders. There also are more than 110 crew members aiding the event. Combined, the group has raised about $680,000. The 11th annual Ride, produced and supporting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ), is July 12-13. "The highlight ...




2014 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to raise funds for 31 groups - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is proud to announce the names of 31 community organizations that will raise funds through this year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago event on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Arvey Field in Grant Park. This annual event, produced by AFC and Special Events Management, will raise money and awareness in the ...




AFC, CDPH urge HIV advocates to 'Ready, Set, PrEP' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to the World Health Organization ( WHO ), an estimated 75 million people have been infected with HIV since the onset of the epidemic. Approximately 36 million people have died. WHO notes that—as of 2012—the numbers of deaths are on the decline. It credits the increased availability of antiretroviral therapy and fewer new infections since peak numbers reported in ...




Ride for AIDS Chicago July 13 - From a press release - Just One Month Away from the Ride for AIDS Chicago® CHICAGO, IL ( June 12, 2014 ) — The Ride for AIDS Chicago® journey is one month away and has just reached the $500,000 mark in fundraising! Through generous donations and caring commitment, our riders, crew, and donors are making a huge difference. As of today, there are 346 registered ...




Iowa high court reverses HIV criminalization case - From a Lambda Legal press release - "An individual who takes precautions to prevent transmission should not be considered a criminal for choosing to be sexually active, and we are very pleased that the Court agrees." ( Des Moines, IA, June 13, 2014 ) — Today the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 ...




Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS offer free HIV testing June 26-27 - From a press release - DEERFIELD, Ill., May 29, 2014 — As part of its ongoing commitment to fight HIV/AIDS, Walgreens is collaborating with Greater Than AIDS to help offer free HIV testing in support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27. Free testing provided by health departments and AIDS service organizations will be available to the public with no appointment necessary at 27 Walgreens ...




Vida/SIDA, with Centro Sin Fronteras, opens Pilsen office - From a press release - Vida/SIDA, a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, in its continued efforts to fulfill its mission to educate, advocate and empower Chicago's Latin@ community by promoting culturally responsive health care/resources that enable health affirming behaviors and attitudes, has expanded its services. On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Vida/SIDA in partnership with Centro Sin Fronteras will open a satellite location in ...




HIV is Not a Crime Conference: Voices and perspectives - From a press release - This week, from June 2-5, the HIV is Not a Crime Conference took place in Grinnell College in Iowa. Advocates from across the country came together to brainstorm and share their perspectives and experiences in connection with HIV criminalization — the use of criminal law to prosecute and penalize people living with HIV for conduct that would be legal if ...




'Step Up. Get Tested' aims to test 5,000 for HIV - Neighborhoods across Chicagoland will play host to free HIV testing this summer as part of the third annual "Step Up. Get Tested." campaign. This year's goal is to test 5,000 individuals for HIV between June 5 and July 4. The campaign kicks off Thursday, June 5 at 10 a.m., with testing events taking place simultaneously on the city's North, South ...




Dance for Life: Top dance troupes raise funds for HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Experience a night of awe-inspiring performances as six of Chicago's top dance companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. With poignant choreography and moving music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention while promoting the art of ...




Houston expands pro-LGBT measure; change in HIV statute - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Houston, Texas, has approved an ordinance expanding anti-bias protections for its LGBT residents, The Washington Post reported. The Houston City Council voted 11 to six in favor of the ordinance May 28 after listening to more than 200 people discuss the measure. Most spoke in favor of it during a public hearing that lasted more than seven hours. Supporters of ...




Iowa first to reform HIV criminalization, Gov signs - From a press release - DES MOINES, IA, May 30, 2014 — Today, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law Senate File 2297, bi-partisan legislation that will modernize Iowa's HIV criminal transmission statute to make the statute consistent with contemporary science, improve public health and lessen stigmatization of people with HIV. Of the 34 U.S. states and territories with "HIV-specific" criminal laws, Iowa has now ...




Maritxa Vidal: The 'mayor' of Division Street - by Erika L. Sanchez - The first thing one notices about Maritxa Vidal, 57, is a warmth and openness that make you feel immediately at ease. Everyone on Division Street seems to know Vidal. "They call me the mayor or la princesa del paseo," Vidal joked. With a black flowy dress, impeccably styled short brown hair and a friendly face, passersby can't help but be ...




AFC warns of looming cuts - Officials from AIDS Foundation of Chicago are calling attention to state budget issues they say could put Illinoisans with HIV/AIDS in peril. State legislators are this month considering making permanent the 2011 tax hike from 3.75% to 5%, which would potentially decrease the state's revenue by approximately $1.5 billion dollars next year, according to an AFC statement. That means massive ...




HBO hosts screening of 'The Normal Heart' in Chicago - About 200 people attended an advance screening of HBO's The Normal Heart in Chicago May 22 at the Venue Six10 room at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Representatives from HBO were on hand for the screening, along with representatives from AIDS and LGBT groups. On display were Chicago panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Additional photos ...




New AIDS czar, HBHC CEO honored in Boston - Not one month into his new role as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ), Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, bid greetings from President Obama to a gathering of several hundred people in Boston. "I have to tell you, there are some exciting things" going on, Brooks told those in attendance at the Bayard Rustin ...




SIDEBAR White House declines Brooks interview - For more than a month or so, attempts were made to interview with Douglas M. Brooks, the newly appointed director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. The first request was for a telephone interview. When Shin Inouye, specialty media director at the White House Office of Communications, asked if a written Q&A format would be possible, several ...




New CDC campaign inspires HIV conversations - From a press release - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched Start Talking. Stop HIV. www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/index.html , a new national communication campaign encouraging gay and bisexual men to talk openly with their sexual partners about HIV risk and prevention strategies. Although research suggests that open communication leads to behaviors that can help reduce risk, such as HIV testing and status disclosure, studies ...




White House AIDS policy director raises hopes, concerns - President Barack Obama's recent appointment of a new AIDS czar, Douglas M. Brooks, has been greeted with enthusiasm among HIV/AIDS-service care providers, activists and policy experts. At the same time, those on the front lines in the battle against AIDS are voicing concerns about how to keep up the fight against HIV when it is increasingly—and depressingly—clear that those who ...




Douglas Brooks heads White House office on AIDS policy - Chicago-area HIV/AIDS organizations express approval - Officials from Chicago-area HIV/AIDS organizations responded enthusiastically to President Obama's appointment of Douglas Brooks as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. "AIDS Foundation of Chicago [AFC] thanks President Obama for appointing Doug Brooks as director of the Office of National AIDS Policy," said John Peller, interim president of AFC, in a statement." David Munar, the new ...




Will Truvada catch on now? - SIDEBAR: CDC issues PrEP guidelines - In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the pill Truvada to be used as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Study results released the previous year indicated that taking Truvada daily would lower risk of HIV-infection by over 90 percent, even as much as 99 percent when patients strictly adhered to the regimen. But since that recommendation was issued, relatively few ...




Campaign distributing safe-sex kits - As the exclusive lubricant sponsor of the Chicagoland HIV Testing Collaborative's ( CHTC ) "Step Up. Get Tested." campaign, WET personal lubricant is distributing 100,000 safe-sex kits containing a condom and Wet Platinum lubricant. The campaign begins on June 5 with mobile HIV testing all across the Chicago area, culminating July 4. The citywide event has the support of 30 ...




First 'HIV is Not a Crime' conference June 2-5 - The first-ever national "HIV is Not a Crime" conference will be held June 2-5 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, to unite and train advocates living with HIV and allies from across the country in the effort to end the criminalization of people with HIV. The conference will provide practical training to support grassroots organizing, community education, media training and ...




New book: Why it's time to get angry again about AIDS - From a press release - CHICAGO, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A generation is growing up thinking an AIDS diagnosis is no big deal, but the Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 1 in 2 young gay men will be HIV-positive by the time they're 50 years old. The second book in Victoria Noe's award-winning series on grieving the death of a friend, ...




Step Up, Get Tested, month-long campaign for HIV testing - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 1, 2014 )—More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV, and over 200,000 don't even know it, according to CDC estimates. As the exclusive lubricant sponsor of the Chicagoland HIV Testing Collaborative's ( CHTC ) Step Up. Get Tested. campaign, WET® personal lubricant is distributing 100,000 Safe Sex Kits containing a condom and ...




AFC event 'Ignites' group's 30th anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 325 supporters of AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) gathered May 16 at Ignite Studios for the organization's "Ignite" party, intended to launch the yearlong celebration of the organization's 30th anniversary. Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-05-17&AGALLERY=IgniteSimonette . "Nearly 30 years ago, when AIDS Foundation of Chicago was founded, we were facing a very different age in ...




CDC issues PrEP guidelines for health providers - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 14 issued guidelines suggesting that healthcare providers prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for persons who are at high risk for HIV. According to a statement, the new guidelines offer providers information on identifying who might be eligible for PrEP, providing monitoring and support as patients take the medication, and counseling patients ...




NY police stop using condoms as evidence of prostitution - From a press release - "This is a great step in the right direction and will move New York City toward allowing condoms to be used for their real intent - to protect health." - Lambda Legal ( New York, May 12, 2014 ) - After the announcement today by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton that police will no longer use possession ...




Gay 'Biggest Loser' star to participate in Ride for AIDS Chicago - Raheel "Bobby" Saleem is ready to tackle his next physical challenge, anchored by the confidence he found within during his just-completed season on The Biggest Loser. Saleem, a gay man who turned 29 last November and lives in west suburban Elmhurst, lost 188 pounds ( 52 percent of his overall body weight ) during the nationally broadcast TV show. He ...




Chicago activist Agbobly, 16, among Courage Award Winners - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA — The Colin Higgins Foundation today announced its 14th Annual Youth Courage Award winners including: Jacques Agbobly, 16, of Chicago, IL; Ashton Lee, 17, of Manteca, CA; and Edidiong "Didi" Adiakpan, 19, of San Antonio, TX. The winners are being recognized for their extraordinary personal leadership and advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning ...




Iowa House passes HIV bill unanimously - From a press release - DES MOINES—After a series of negotiations, a historic bill passed through the Iowa House early this morning that will modernize Iowa's discriminatory HIV law. Iowa's current law, 709c, is based on outdated science and beliefs that actually discourages testing and disclosure because of severe penalties associated with simply knowing one's status. The new bill, Senate File 2297 ( SF2297 ), ...




AFC forum features first man cured of HIV - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Timothy Ray Brown, known to many as the Berlin Patient, marked the seven-year anniversary of being cured of HIV by sharing his story at a community forum hosted on April 23 at the Chicago Cultural Center's Cassidy Auditorium. The event, which the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine coordinated, also highlighted key ...




AIDS groups criticize HIV transmission case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Officials from local AIDS organizations spoke against an announcement April 24 that a Chicago man was being charged with criminal transmission of HIV. According to Cook County prosecutors, Johanson Little, of the 4400 block of South State Street, dated a Cook County woman from June 2012 to June 2013. She later tested positive for HIV and said that Little was ...




AFC among HUD HIV/AIDS housing grants - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $29 million in grants to assist more than 1,200 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually. This funding will provide these households with a stable living environment, which is essential to accessing healthcare and HIV related services. In addition to housing assistance, these local programs will ...




Community forum to include first person cured of HIV - From a press release - CHICAGO—To mark the sevenyear anniversary of Timothy Ray Brown being cured of HIV, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and other Chicagoarea partners will host him at "Curing HIV—Only a Start," a community forum and QandA session on April 23, 2014, from 68 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center's Cassidy Auditorium at ...




VIEWS How media criminalizes HIV and how to change it - The conversation around HIV/AIDS in America has in many ways evolved in recent decades. Though much of the general public has a greater knowledge of HIV/AIDS, the stigma surrounding it has not entirely dissipated and, arguably, exists in a higher concentration within the LGBT community than it did even twenty-five years ago. In a recent commentary called "Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The ...




President Obama names director, Office of Nat'l AIDS Policy - From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary and press releases - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Obama announced the appointment of Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ). A leading HIV/AIDS policy expert, Douglas most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute ( JRI ). As the Director of ...




AFC offers guide to HIV meds in Marketplace Plans - From The AIDS Foundation of Chicago - Monday, March 31 is the deadline to enroll in a plan on the Illinois health marketplace and it's crucial that people living with HIV/AIDS have all the information they need to choose a plan that works for them. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has combed through the available Illinois marketplace plans and put together a guide on ...




AIDS Legal Council names new executive director - AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ) announced that attorney Thomas D. Yates will become the organization's executive director beginning April 1. Yates succeeds Ann Hilton Fisher, who retires at the end of March after leading the organization for 17 years. The recipient of many honors, including last year's Chicago Bar Foundation Morsch Award for career contributions to public ...




Registration opens for Iowa HIV is Not a Crime June 2-5 - From a press release - GRINNELL, IA, March 14, 2014 — Registration is open for the first-ever national HIV is Not a Crime conference convened to unite and train advocates living with HIV and allies from across the country in the effort to end the criminalization of people with HIV. The gathering will be held from June 2nd to 5th, 2014, at Grinnell College in ...




TPAN has new interim CEO - TPAN, Chicago's oldest peer-led HIV/AIDS service organization, has announced a new Interim CEO, Nancy Abbate, who will provide the organization and board with support during the search for a permanent CEO. Abbate comes to TPAN with experience in fundraising, board and volunteer training, public relations and legislative/governmental relations. TPAN said it is grateful to Jeff Berry, Director of Publications, for ...




DIFFA holds winter ball at Center on Halsted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) Auxiliary Board held its second annual DIFFArence ball Feb. 28 at Chicago's Center on Halsted. The event—"Kiss for a DIFFArence"—celebrated making a difference in the Chicago community in support of area service agencies that provide direct services, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or ...




Sean Strub to make two Chicago appearances - AIDS activist Sean Strub will be at Center on Halsted and Test Positive Aware Network to promote his memoir, Body Counts, Wed., March 12. Photo by Greg Gorman See coverage of the events at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Strub-reflects-on-past-and-present-AIDS-activism/46618.html . ...




NMAC, women of color fight to end HIV/AIDS epidemic - From a press release - The following is a statement from National Minority AIDS Council Director of Community Advancement and Leadership Strategies Dr. Kim Johnson: Washington, DC — "Today, the National Minority AIDS Council ( NMAC ) commemorates National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( NWGHAAD ). After years of cuts to funding for HIV/AIDS and other public health programs, , NWGHAAD is not ...




Iowa court hears Lambda Legal case on HIV-based conviction - Oral argument begin In Lambda Legal case - From a News Release "This conviction cannot stand because a person living with HIV who is receiving effective medical treatment and who uses a condom is not guilty of a crime under Iowa law." ( Des Moines, IA, March 10, 2014 ) - Today the Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments in Lambda Legal's case representing Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive ...




National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10 - From a AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance on March 10th to recognize the impact of HIV on women and girls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), nearly 280,000 of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are women. Women account for 1 in ...




Report: Treat HIV infection without Drugs? - by Frank Pizzoli - "This is elegant scientific research that needs lots of further study," Dr. Anthony Fauci told Windy City Times about yesterday's (March 5, 2014) blockbuster news that investigators had initial success with thwarting HIV through an intentional genetic altering of human cells. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, a study with 12 HIV-infected individuals indicates it is possible to curb ...




Genetically modified cells may be effective in treating HIV - According to a March 5 White House statement, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have reported successful results from a study wherein cells from HIV-infected individuals were genetically modified to slow the progress to AIDS. Scientists hope that strategy might eventually lead to a drug-free treatment for HIV infection. Researchers removed key cells from individuals who ...




HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub visiting March 12 - HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub will visit Chicago on Wed., March 12, to promote his memoir, Body Counts. Strub will be at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., March 12, 2-3:30 p.m. He will then be at Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ), 5050 N. Broadway, 6:30-8:30 p.m. See a recent Windy City Times interview with Strub ...




Chicago House unveiling 'The Tease' - Chicago House will unveil "The Tease"—a combination of "burlesque, cirque and Vegas," a press release touted—on Saturday, March 1, at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St., at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The event fills a hole created when HIV/AIDS agency Test Positive Aware Network decided not to hold its "Chicago Takes Off" event this year. Creators Keith Elliott and ...




Wrapture' attendees enjoy cocktails, sneak preview - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The below-zero wind chill did not stop longtime supporters of Chicago House from attending Absolut Wrapture, celebrating 12 years as one of the years first fundraising events. Held on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower, guests were treated to signature Absolute Vodka cocktails, hors d'oeuvres provided by J&L Catering, and a VIP section on the tower's famous Skydeck Ledge. ...




TPAN refocuses, takes break from 'Chicago Takes Off' - TPAN, Chicago's oldest peer-led HIV/AIDS service organization, announced it is not hosting the popular Chicago Takes Off fundraiser this year and is instead focusing on "a more personal connection with its donors, clients, staff and volunteers [with] opportunities that foster conversations that will continue beyond a single event." Recent events such as Barlesque, the Holiday Open House, and the upcoming ...




GMHC: Analysis shows budget cuts to critical AIDS programs - From a GMHC news release - New York, NY—Following the devastating cuts to federal HIV/AIDS programs caused by sequestration in 2013, the fiscal year 2014 ( FY14 ) budget provides some relief, but not enough. New analysis released today by GMHC illustrates the history of federal funding for key HIV prevention and treatment programs in the context of the growing prevalence of HIV in the U.S. ...




BOOKS HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub talks 'Body Counts' - Book review, event dates below - Sean Strub has lived at the crossroads of the LGBT Movement and the AIDS Epidemic most of his life. One easily finds his influence in many seminal events of the two overlapping spheres. From the first serious financial solicitation by the Human Rights Campaign—he talked Tennessee Williams into signing the organization's letter to donors—to the founding of POZ magazine, his ...




PositiveSingles.com sees membership rise in Chicago - Positive Singles ( PositiveSingles.com )—an online dating site for people with herpes, HPV, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and other STDs ( sexually transmitted diseases )—announced in December a recent influx of membership from three major U.S. cities: New York City, Houston and Chicago. "It should be commended that residents [of the three cities] are doing all they can to ...




TPAN kickoff event Jan. 25 - On Saturday, Jan. 25, Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will host an event to kick-off a new season for the Ride for AIDS Chicago ( RFAC ). The event will be held at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., at 4-7 p.m. In attendance will be riders, crew members and the 2014 RFAC Executive Committee. A discounted rate of ...




President Obama appoints Birx to AIDS post - From the White House - WASHINGTON — Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Dr. Deborah L. Birx, Nominee for Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally, Department of State Dr. Deborah L. Birx is the Director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS in the Center for Global ...




TPAN to host kick-off event for the Ride for AIDS Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( January 9, 2014 ) — On Saturday, January 25th,Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will host an event to kick-off a new season for the Ride for AIDS Chicago®. The event will be held at Sidetrack The Video Bar, located at 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657 from 4-7 P.M. In attendance will be Riders, ...




HIV policy review in Defense Authorization Bill - From a Lambda Legal press release - "There is simply no legitimate reason for the Defense Department to maintain blanket policies that prevent people living with HIV from enlisting or that unnecessarily curtail opportunities if a person becomes HIV-positive while serving." ( Chicago, IL — December 20, 2013 ) - Late yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, which includes important language ...




AIDS groups ask CDC to change reporting methods - From a press release - Seeking the spotlight of World AIDS Day, CDC released a report in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR ) focused on gay, bisexual and other MSM ( men who have sex with men ) in the United States — the population that remains both disproportionately affected by HIV and drastically underserved by federal HIV/AIDS prevention resources. The press ...




TPAN receives $100,000 from Alphawood Foundation - Will support HIV prevention, outreach, direct care - Chicago, Illinois, December 12, 2013—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) received a $100,000 grant from the Alphawood Foundation on December 11. The Alphawood Foundation has been a strong supporter of TPAN for many years. This funding will allow TPAN to continue to expand its HIV/AIDS-related programs for hundreds of individuals living below the federal poverty level who are impacted ...




World of Chocolate commemorates World AIDS Day - Hundreds of people attended AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual World of Chocolate, a sweet event ( literally ) that commemorates World AIDS Day. This event was different in at least a couple ways this year. It was held on a different day ( Dec. 6, a Friday—as opposed to the usual Thursday ) and at another venue ( The Great ...




Dec. 15 brunch to mark Vital Bridges' 25th anniversary - Heartland Health Outreach will hold its annual holiday brunch—commemorating the 25th anniversary of Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care—on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Guests will partake of entertainment, Four Seasons' cuisine, live and silent auctions, and a cash raffle. Tickets to the brunch start at $250, or $2,500 per ...




TPAN looks to future with new space - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) celebrated the grand opening if its new offices at 5050 N. Broadway with a celebration and open house for the community Dec. 3. The organization moved into the new space, located in the former AON building, in October, and it now affords 25 percent more space than its previous location, as well as ...




Vida/SIDA celebrates 25 years with gala on World AIDS Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 75 people attended Vida/SIDA's 25th anniversary gala event, "Celebrating 25 Milestones in 25 Years of Community Building," at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Dec. 1. Ahead of the gala celebration a vigil, dedication of the new Vida/SIDA offices and an open house took place in honor of World AIDS Day. Founded in 1988, the Vida/SIDA Bartolo ...




AIDS: Signs of progress, but cuts create worries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 9,000 people with HIV were on a waiting list for federal assistance in buying their medications in August 2011. On Monday, President Obama announced that, as of this week, that number is down to zero. "At one time, the need was so great that over 9,000 people were on the waitlist," said the president, at a White House ...




'Barlesque 6' raises $57K - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HIV/AIDS agency Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) announced that "Barlesque 6: Pajama Party" raised more than $57,570 before closing Nov. 25 at Lakeview nightspot Sidetrack. This was an increase of nearly $32,000 over what Barlesque 5 raised last year. Since its inception in 2009, Barlesque has raised more than $120,000. The event started Nov. 3 with a kick-off ...




White House announces $100 million HIV funding - From press releases - President Obama announced a redirection of $100 million of National Institutes of Health funding toward HIV research as part of World AIDS Day events this year. He also announced billions to combat HIV around the globe. From the NIH: At a White House event today to mark the 25th annual World AIDS Day, President Obama announced that the National Institutes ...




Vida/SIDA observes World AIDS Day - In the afternoon leading up to its gala marking both World AIDS Day and its 25th anniversary, Vida/SIDA hosted a vigil and tour of its facilities throughout Humboldt Park. The remembrance at Casita de Don Pedro, 2625 W. Division St., was led by Puerto Rican Cultural Center executive director Jose Lopez. "When we founded Vida/SIDA, if you died from AIDS, ...




'Legends Lunch' honors trans, HIV heroes - This year's Legends Lunch All Stars Awards celebrated and honored the lives and resilience of trans-people and survivors of HIV. It saw an array of talented performers and honors distributed to transgender and HIV activists and supporters from across the city. The event, hosted by TransActions, the Chicago Department of Public Health and EASE ( Educate, Advocate, Support, Empower ) ...




World AIDS Day: Presidential proclamation - From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary - Each year on World AIDS Day, we come together as a global community to fight a devastating pandemic. We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home and abroad. If we channel our energy and compassion ...




Removing stigma from the HIV test - People end up not being tested for HIV for many reasons. Fear of doctors, needles or the cost. Not knowing that you are someone at risk for acquiring the infection. Or a hesitancy to even consider the implications of a positive result. Since the early 2000s, Nancy Glick, an infectious diseases physician at Mt. Sinai Hospital and HIV medical director ...







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