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AFC forum at Center to deal with Rauner budget - From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago presents an opportunity to hear from elected officials and community leaders about how Governor Rauner's proposed budget will impact the Medicaid program and prevention, care, treatment, housing and other services for the HIV community. WHAT: The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Rauner's proposed ...




Office of Nat'l AIDS Policy hosts HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forums - From Douglas M. Brooks Over the next two months, the Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ) will host four regional forums across the country that will inform the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2016-2020. Central to achieving the Strategy's goals is sustained and ongoing dialogue with communities around the country, including state and local health officials, community based ...




HIV advocates hail Coventry Health Plan improvement to drug access - From a press release - This week, Coventry Health Plan announced that it would dramatically reduce out-of-pocket costs for HIV medications in individual plans purchased on Health Insurance Marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). The change comes in response to requests from advocates, including AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ). "We ...




Lambda, packaging company: HIV-positive employee posed no safety risk - From a press release - ( Atlanta, March 26, 2015 ) — Lambda Legal and Gregory Packaging, Inc. today jointly announced the resolution of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Chanse Cox, who was dismissed from his job as a machine operator at Gregory Packaging's Suncup juice manufacturing facility in Georgia after reporting he has HIV. In addition to $125,000 compensation for Cox, Gregory Packaging ...




Larry Kramer honored by Gay Men's Health Crisis - Larry Kramer, accepting the first ever Larry Kramer Activism Award from Gay Men's Health Crisis at their Spring Gala, March 23, 2015, made these remarks: Thirty-four years. HIV/AIDS has been our plague for 34 years. We should have known more about this plague by now. 34 years is a very long time to let people die. I think more and ...




Red Pump Project throws fashion show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Red Pump Project threw a Rock the RED Fashion Show on March 21 at Loft on Lake in the West Loop for the sixth year in a row. The Red Pump Project is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness for the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. The red pump has become a symbol of empowerment for the ...




Gilead Sciences awards AIDS Foundation of Chicago $100,000 - From a press release - Gilead Sciences recently awarded the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) $100,000, becoming the first member of AFC's Corporate Partnership Program. Through the Corporate Partnership Program, AFC is engaging companies across the US to make major contributions to HIV/AIDS programs and services in Chicago and beyond. Corporate partners, such as Gilead, make unrestricted contributions that help AFC reach thousands ...




Study: Most children with HIV, low immune cells, rebound after treatment - From a press release - NIH-funded study finds T-cell level returns to normal with time Most children with HIV who have low levels of a key immune cell eventually recover levels of this cell after beginning treatment, according to a study by researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. Failure of CD4+ T cells, a major target of HIV, to rebound after the virus ...




Senates, advocates decry state budget cuts - A standing-room only crowd filled the hearing chambers at the Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., as the Illinois Senate Appropriations Human Services Committee met to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Acting Human Services Secretary Gregory Bassi testified about the importance of the cuts, and faced grilling from some committee members, while service providers and their clients urged ...




Anchor study seeks answers to link between HIV, HPV - Anal dysplasia is on the rise for people living with HIV. Because people with HIV are now living longer, patients are facing a new set of health risks such as heart disease and now anal cancer. A national study has been launched, the Anchor Study, to examine the link between HPV and HIV, coinciding with the upcoming anal cancer awareness ...




Proud to Run opens race registration, names beneficiaries - From a press release - Chicago ( March 11, 2015 ) — Proud to Run is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2015 Proud to Run 10k run and 5k run/walk June 27, and that the organization has selected Affinity Community Services, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and Chicago House as beneficiaries of its annual race. Since 1982, Proud to Run ...




TPAN starting three new programs - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) is recruiting for three programs: —TEAM ( Treatment Education Adherence Management ) group is a great opportunity for HIV/AIDS clients newly diagnosed individuals, those lacking some knowledge, or anyone affected by HIV/AIDS that is interested in learning more; —Future Focused is a group for newly HIV/AIDS-diagnosed clients that are would benefit from a ...




CROI 2015 findings call for bringing PrEP for HIV prevention to scale - by Jim Pickett - "There is an urgent need to mobilize clinical efforts, service delivery, education, implementation research, and policy to optimize PrEP access and use," said UCLA's Dr. Raphael Landovitz in his compelling plenary address to the 4,000 participants of the 2015 Conference on Retrovirus and Opportunistic Infections ( CROI ) that took place in Seattle Feb. 23-26. CROI attendees heard variations of ...




Chicago House pleases with 'The Tease' - Chicago House presented its second annual burlesque event, The Tease, with two showings Feb. 28 at Moonlight Studios. Producers Keith Elliott and Todd Kiech wowed audience as they once again delivered an elaborate show featuring exceptionally talented performances of burlesque, cirque and dance. Performers included Miss Exotic World 2005 Michelle L'Amour; world-famous Boylesque performer and Burlesque Hall of Fame winner ...




World news: HIV study; Ambassador Wally Brewster; UKIP chair leaves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time, a study showed that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men, the Associated Press reported. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning ...




LGBT, HIV advocates welcome Obama policing recommendations - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, March 3, 2015 ) - Following the release of the Interim Report of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, LGBT and HIV advocacy organizations who presented testimony to the Task Force issued a joint statement: The recommendations made by the Task Force to the President represent an important first step toward addressing the epidemic ...




GLAAD launches new HIV and AIDS awareness campaign - From a press release - The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation joins campaign that includes new style guide for media, as well as public service announcements New York, Friday, February 27, 2015 — On the 83rd birthday of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, GLAAD today announced a new partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation ( ETAF ) and AIDS United to renew the attention of Americans, ...




IPERGAY trial suggests effectiveness of intermittent PrEP - Study results announced Feb. 24 by the French national HIV research agency ANRS at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ( CROI ) in Seattle suggested that a three-day regimen of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, intervention reduced HIV risk significantly in men who have sex with men ( MSM ) by an average of 86 percent. PrEP is ...




Youth homelessness behind teaming of AFC, Vida/SIDA - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Vida/SIDA—a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC )—are teaming on a new initiative, El Rescate 2.0, to help HIV positive homeless youth get a new lease on life. This isn't the first time that the AFC and Vida/SIDA has worked together on an initiative. AFC provides case management ...




HIV/AIDS advocates tackle ACA drug costs - According to officials at AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), only one insurer has so far responded to its letters expressing concern for coverage and cost of HIV medications on plans that are being offered on the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) Marketplace. Federal officials, meanwhile, noted in their parameters for insurers participating in 2016 Marketplace coverage that ...




World news: HIV in Cuba; Global Equality Fund; new envoy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Cuba, a variant of HIV that is much more aggressive than other known forms of the virus has been documented, according to Medical News Today. Patients infected with this new variant progress to AIDS so rapidly that they may not even know they are infected, with AIDS symptoms occurring within three years of infection. If a person contracts multiple ...




$10 M invested in HIV/AIDS response in two cities hit hard by HIV/AIDS - From a press release - RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ViiV Healthcare today announced the launch of a four-year, $10 million initial investment to fuel a concerted community response to the HIV epidemic among Black Men who have Sex with Men ( MSM ) in Baltimore, Maryland and Jackson, Mississippi, two U.S. cities hard hit by HIV/AIDS. The goal for this ...




Alan Cumming stars in GLAAD/GMHC campaign on FDA's blood donor policy - From a press release - New York, Thursday, February 19, 2015 — A coalition of organizations, including GLAAD and Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ), today launch a new PSA and social media campaign starring Alan Cumming to raise awareness about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ( FDA's ) blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men. Created by Saatchi ...




Advocates oppose 25% cut to HIV funding in 2015 budget - From a press release - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today proposed a $31.5 billion budget for the state's next fiscal year that contains draconian cuts to the Illinois Department of Public Health and HIV services. The state's last fiscal year saw $26 million appropriated for HIV-related services, but Rauner proposed slashing HIV services in FY 16 to $20 million, a nearly 25% reduction. "The AIDS ...




Health officials and activists observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Health officials, activists and community members gathered Feb. 6 at Mile Square Health Center, 1220 S. Wood St., to observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Among those who took part in the gathering were U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford ( D-Chicago ), Rev. Doris Green, activist Marc Loveless, AIDS Foundation of Chicago President and CEO ...




HIV director calls for resources for Black LGBT community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As National African-American HIV Awareness Day approaches on Feb. 7, Gregorio Millett is calling for funding to be directed toward the Black gay community—a community that continues to see HIV infection rates rise. Millett is a nationally recognized epidemiologist and researcher with significant experience working at the highest levels of federal HIV policy development. He's held positions with the White ...




AFC's 30 year gala May 16, star of Transparent master of ceremonies - From a press release - WHAT: The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) commemorates 30 years of action with the HIV/AIDS community during its 30th Year Gala, taking place at the Hilton Chicago on May 16. The event marks a historic milestone for the organization, which has led the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Chicago metropolitan area since the early years of the epidemic. ...




TPAN receives $115,000 from Alphawood Foundation - From a TPAN press release - Chicago, Illinois, December January 26, 2015—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) received a grant for general operations in the amount of $115,000 from the Alphawood Foundation on January 8, 2015. The Alphawood Foundation has been a strong supporter of TPAN for many years and this unrestricted funding will help to support the agency's operating costs not covered by grants. ...




IL HIV Care Connect has new website with viral suppression info - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—( BUSINESS WIRE )—Illinois HIV Care Connect announced today the launch of an upgraded website ( www.hivcareconnect.com ) featuring information about the importance of achieving viral suppression for people living with HIV. Achieving viral suppression is a goal for individuals receiving anti-HIV medications, also known as anti-retroviral treatment ( ART ). Reaching viral suppression means that the amount of ...




AFC announces recipients of challenge grants - From a press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is pleased to announce 18 award recipients of its 2014 Challenge Grants — a legacy program that awards financial support to organizations that are making a difference in the HIV epidemic and the lives of people living with the virus in Illinois. A combined total of $220,000 was awarded among the receiving ...




CDPH reports track changes in HIV landscape - A Chicago Department of Public Health surveillance report from early December contained largely positive news about the city's HIV/AIDS outreach efforts—including declines in infection rates amongst IV drug users and African Americans—and also indicated that significant challenges remain, especially among men who have sex with men ( MSM ). [Charts viewable at www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/ "We're seeing consistent fruits of our efforts ...




AFC webinar shows other PrEP methods may join Truvada - On Dec. 11, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) conducted an informational webinar on potential new methods of PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ). PrEP is a set of preventative antiretrovirals taken consistently by an HIV-negative person who is at high risk for becoming HIV-positive. Jim Pickett, the director of prevention advocacy and gay men's health at AFC, said ...




LoBianco now at Chicago House - Jim LoBianco, formerly executive director of Streetwise, Inc., has been appointed chief development officer at Chicago House and Social Services. He started Dec. 1. In an open letter, LoBianco said, in part, "While leaving StreetWise after [more than four] years was bittersweet, I am very proud of the great things that I and the staff accomplished. Together we housed, trained ...




World: London mayoral candidate; UKIP situation; Jamaican pastor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay businessman Ivan Massow has announced his intention to run for mayor of London, according to On Top Magazine. He is the first Tory candidate to enter the contest, which takes place in 2016. In promoting his candidacy during a Gaydio radio interview, Massow, 47—a recovering alcoholic sober since 2008 and a self-made millionaire—said that the London gay scene ...




ASK LAMBDA LEGAL HIV status and employment discrimination - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, Q: I have been working at the same company for a few years, and am generally happy there. I recently tested positive for HIV, and was wondering: Could I get fired if my boss found out about my HIV status? A: In the decades since HIV was discovered, we have learned much more about HIV ...




Legislators to HHS: End blood donation policy, go to risk-based policy - From a press release - Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wis. ), Elizabeth Warren ( D-Mass. ), and Tom Harkin ( D-Iowa ), and Representatives Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) and Barbara Lee ( D-Calif. ), led a letter with 75 of their congressional colleagues calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to replace the outdated and discriminatory ...




Report: New HIV diagnoses in Chicago falling - A surveillance report that the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) released Dec. 1 said that new HIV diagnoses in the city continue to decline from year to year, with 1,091 new diagnoses in 2013, down 41 percent from the peak of 1,857 reported diagnoses in 2001. The report contains further positive news: Eight of 10 newly diagnosed ...




AFC document sums up PrEP costs on marketplace - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) on Dec. 1 released a document that summarizes what persons utilizing the Illinois Insurance Marketplace would have to pay in out-of-pocket expenses should they wish to access pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. The PrEP intervention significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection by over 90 percent and is mostly available to consumers in the ...




HIV-positive beauty queen discusses journey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If there is one song that best sums up activist and blogger Michelle Anderson's early life, it was Johnny Lee's Lookin' for Love. Anderson said that she made many mistakes because she was "looking for love in all the wrong places" while speaking at Center on Halsted Dec. 6 as part of the Center's World AIDS Days observance. Most of ...




World news: HIV poll; Disney art project; Putin's claim - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Survey results from the U.K.'s National AIDS Trust ( NAT ) show that ignorance about HIV is a global problem, according to HIVPlusMag.com. The survey of nearly 2,000 people showed that a third of the public were in the dark about how HIV is transmitted. Twenty-eight percent identified an incorrect path of transmission, while 45 percent of the population were ...




AFC announces 18 grant recipients - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has anounced 18 award recipients of its 2014 Challenge Grants, a legacy program that awards financial support to organizations that are making a difference in the HIV epidemic and the lives of people living with the virus in Illinois. A combined total of $220,000 was awarded among the receiving organizations. This year, ...




Vida/SIDA marks World AIDS Day with vigil, dinner - HIV survivors Jerry Rivera, Jose Ramos and Manny Ahorrio received Vida/SIDA's ( Life/AIDS ) first annual resilience award at the Vida/SIDA World AIDS Day commemoration in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood Dec. 1. About 60 people attended the candlelight vigil at La Casita de Don Pedro, a community walk and a fundraising dinner at La Casa Puertorriquena. A project of the ...




Runway show marks World AIDS Day - On Nov. 30, the sixth edition of "Strut"—the annual fashion show designed to acknowledge World AIDS Day—took place at Castle Nightclub in front of an enthusiastic SRO crowd. This year's event was again produced by designer John Fleming, in partnership with Project VIDA and Dr. John Schneider of The Chicago Center for HIV Elimination. The runway was filled with traditional ...




Illinois health dept. discusses plans for PrEP assistance - With the 26th annual World AIDS Day commemorated Dec. 1 across the globe by communities, governments and organizations, the Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) HIV/AIDS Inter-Agency Taskforce unveiled strategies for the implementation of a program to dramatically improve access and affordability of pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) medication for at-risk individuals statewide. Titled "PrEP for Illinois," plans ...




News: India jails trans; Obama on AIDS; 2015 aging confab here - Report: India detains 167 trans individuals NLS Queer Alliance reported that some 167 members of the transgender community were detained at least two days in Karnataka state in southwest India, according to 76Crimes.com. The community quickly responded and organized a protest in response at the Town Hall against the illegality of police action against transgender persons. A coalition of several ...




Coming up: Homeless LGBT youth panel; World AIDS Day at Center - Homeless LGBT youth panel Dec. 5 The Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., will host a panel discussion on LGBT youth homelessness on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The format includes 45 minutes of questions that Alex J. Segneri, executive director at Foundation for a United Front, will moderate. Then, there will be a 45-minute Q&A involving the audience. The event ...




On World AIDS Day, Lambda calls for end to HIV criminalization - From a press release - ( New York, December 1, 2014 ) - Today, Lambda Legal HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes released a statement to commemorate World AIDS Day: "On World AIDS Day 2014, Lambda Legal urges those tasked with enforcing U.S. criminal law - from governors to prosecutors to police detectives - to halt the criminal prosecution of people based on their HIV status, ...




Providers ask for public's help in restoring HIV/AIDS funds - A coalition of service providers is asking Illinois residents to contact state lawmakers and ask for the restoration of funds, already appropriated for organizations serving persons of color with HIV/AIDS, that were lost in a bureaucratic snafu. The Service Providers Improvement Network ( SPIN ), comprised of about 15 organizations, is asking that the General Assembly restore about $1.5 million ...




Advocates plan for local PrEP push - On Nov. 23—the four-year anniversary of the iPrEx study, which found pre-exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) to be an effective means to reducing HIV risk—AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) announced that it was taking part in a large-scale effort to raise awareness of and increase access to PrEP. AFC will take part in an initiative sponsored by AIDS ...




World AIDS Day proclamation by President Obama - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - In communities across our Nation and around the world, we have made extraordinary progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions ...




Having HIV/AIDS: Fighting stigma - Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person Hearing the words "I'm HIV-positive" made Bryan* ( names and some details have been changed ) freeze. A 23-year-old graphic designer, Bryan had met a guy at a Boystown gay club, a svelte 25-year-old tourist, Zach, with whom he danced, drank and laughed. Around 1 a.m., just ...




Chicagoans among POZ 100 youth - POZ magazine, a print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, has announced the fifth annual POZ 100, also marking its 200th issue and 20th year in publication. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate people under the age of 30 in their communities who are making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. ...




AFC prepares for World of Chocolate - On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m., The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) will present the 13th annual World of Chocolate ( WoC ) at Union Station, at South Riverside Plaza. Both AFC President/CEO John Peller and Jill Allread, one of WoC's co-chairs, talked with Windy City Times about this year's undertakings. While Peller has been with AFC ...




Smithsonian Channel looks at origins of AIDS Dec. 1 - From a press release - New York, November 25, 2014 – In the early 1980s a mysterious virus appeared to emerge on the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Its earliest victims were young gay men. What followed were years of fear, confusion and ignorance that only compounded the threat of HIV, which even today remains the biggest viral killer worldwide. Now, in RISE ...




Chicago prepares for World AIDS Day - - A number of local agencies and organization are gearing up for World AIDS Day, which takes place Monday, Dec. 1. A number of events will take place throughout the week, however. As of publication, the following observances have been scheduled for the Chicago area. Nov. 30: Project VIDA is supporting "Strut," the sixth annual World AIDS Day fashion ...




Congresswoman's trans son; HRC co-founder arrested - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Miami television station aired Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's first interview with her transgender son, The Washington Blade reported. Rodrigo Lehtinen spoke at length about his decision to tell his parents in 2007 that he is trans. Rodrigo, whose birth name is Amanda, came out as gay while in high school. "As parents, we wanted to make sure that Rigo ...




Oldest, biggest HIV/AIDS coalition wants scale-up of PrEP; AFC leads locally - From a press release - The largest and longest running national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, AIDS United ( AU ), is calling for the scale-up of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is a long-standing member of AU's Public Policy Committee ( PPC ) and is a local, national and international leader on new HIV prevention technologies, including PrEP. ...




AFC prepares for 30th anniversary - It was an evening draped in celebration, excitement and reflection as staff members, supporters, volunteers and donors crowded into the Chicago Cultural Center Nov. 13 for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC )'s 29th annual meeting and reception. When AFC began its mission in 1985, 13-year-old Ryan White was told he could not attend school because he had become ...




VIEWS Stigma continues with new HIV-criminalization case - Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma. A new case under an outdated HIV criminalization law in Illinois demonstrates the media's inability to handle sensitive ...




Chicagoans among POZ 100 youth - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 17, 2014 — POZ magazine, an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, has announced the fifth annual POZ 100, also marking its 200th issue and 20th year in publication. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate people under the age of 30 in their communities who are ...




New study: HIV up among Black gay men, gaps in access - From a press release - NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2014 — Despite efforts to reduce disparities in HIV transmission among gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ) in the United States by optimizing treatment outcomes, significant racial disparities in HIV prevalence will likely persist for decades due to an alarmingly high concentration of HIV in black gay men, a ...




AFC gets ACA grant - For the second year, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has been awarded a grant to fund in-person counselors ( IPCs ) to help individuals enroll for health insurance through the Get Covered Illinois In-Person Counselor Program. In collaboration with AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and Howard Brown Health Center, AFC will focus on connecting health-insurance plans to ...




VIEWS Surely, Jesus wants us to aim for church, not cult - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Timothy Villareal - Many years ago, as I walked back to the pew after receiving Communion, I saw the outline of Jorge kneeling in another pew, his head in his hands. ( I'm using a fake name to protect Jorge's identity. ) As Catholics often do when they see someone during Mass that they have not seen for while, I wordlessly tapped Jorge ...




Conference 'shines' light on potential end of HIV tunnel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eradicating HIV isn't an illusion. That was the focus of University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration's fourth annual SHINE Conference, "One Step Closer To HIV Elimination: Voices From the Next Generation of Advocates, Practitioners and Researchers." Those living with and fighting to stop HIV listened to and learned from each other in Woodlawn Friday. Strides in prevention and ...




AFC funded to help Affordable Care Act signups - CHICAGO — For the second year, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has been awarded a grant to fund in-person counselors ( IPCs ) to help individuals enroll for health insurance through the Get Covered Illinois In-Person Counselor Program. In collaboration with AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and Howard Brown Health Center, AFC will focus on connecting communities ...




Elton John AIDS Foundation to fund transgender HIV project - Transgender Law Center announced a new partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the development of a constituent-driven strategy to reduce structural inequities that drive high rates of HIV incidents in transgender communities. The funding is for one year and will enable Transgender Law Center to form a diverse national advisory board of eight to ten trans people living ...




AFC congratulates the governor-elect, urges policy, funding continuity - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) congratulates Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner on his victory last night. We and the community of HIV advocates stand ready to assist the governor-elect's transition team as they plan for the new administration. HIV and public health are not partisan issues. Every HIV infection averted through strong prevention programs saves the ...




VIEWS Echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola - Exactly a decade ago this month, I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of "Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS." "Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt," Johnson wrote. "Therefore, some of us youths ...




French PrEP study suggests "on-demand" dosages may be effective - A scientific trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, based in France has had its randomized phase shut down due to high effectiveness, according to researchers. Investigators in the IPERGAY trial, which is currently underway in six locations in France and one location in Canada, will no longer issue placebos to participants in the trial. All participants will take PrEP, mainly ...




Season of Concern awards to feature Rondi Reed, John Mahoney - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL —-Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort providing compassionate care to those in our community living with the effects of catastrophic illness or health emergencies, will be hosting the seventh annual Larry Sloan Awards on November 10, 2014, at Stage 773 featuring a performance of Postcards by James Prideaux by Steppenwolf ensemble members Rondi Reed and ...




Barlesque Strip-a-Thon benefits TPAN throughout November - From a press release - Chicago, Illinois, October 21, 2014— During the month of November, contestants representing eighteen local bars and businesses are competing for the title of "Chicago's Sexiest" to raise money for TPAN in its online strip-a-thon, Barlesque 7: Let's Get Physical! This year's competition will feature a sports theme: expect lots of sporty looks, massive muscles and hot jocks. As people visit ...




Chicago man accused of criminal HIV transmission - A Chicago man stands accused of not disclosing to his partner that he had HIV, though he knew he was infected, according to Cook County prosecutors. Chicago Tribune reported Oct. 25 that Anthony Hallam, of the 600 block of Oakdale Avenue, was charged with criminal transmission of HIV. He allegedly did not use a condom with his partner and repeatedly ...




AFC ad urges Mexican men to get tested - In advance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day ( Oct. 15 ), the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) launched "Salud y Orgullo Mexicano," a citywide project designed to encourage Mexican men to connect to HIV testing and care services. Salud y Orgullo Mexicano ( SOM ), which means "Mexican health and pride," aims to remove barriers to HIV ...




HRC scores 113th Congress; Alaska marries; WH looks at AIDS, violence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HRC releases scorecard of 113th Congress The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for LGBT equality in the 113th Congress—and, according to the organization, results show record gains in support for LGBT equality. Members of Congress were scored based on their votes and co-sponsorships of pieces of legislation that are key indicators of ...




Gay/bi men see HIV as top health issue facing community - From a press release - MENLO PARK, CA — More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that though HIV/AIDS is named as the number one health issue facing their population, a ...




CDC: Half gay/bi men diagnosed with HIV get treatment - From a press release - Among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And just 42 percent have achieved viral suppression — meaning their virus is under control at a level that helps keep them ...




AIDS Foundation of Chicago names John Peller President/CEO - From a press release - The Board of Directors of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) unanimously voted to name John Peller as AFC's new president/CEO. An innovative national and local leader in the HIV/AIDS field, Peller most recently held the position of Interim president/CEO at AFC. Previously, Peller led AFC's advocacy and policy work at the city, state and national levels as ...




AIDS activist Staley on being a baby boomer, HIV treatments - MOVIE: The Boomer List - Documentary filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, renowned in the gay community for his 2013 film The Out List ( which included Ellen Degeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Larry Kramer and Wanda Sykes among its subjects ) now focuses on the baby-boomer generation—the huge population born between the years 1946 and 1964—in The Boomer List. As in The Out List ( and previous "list" ...




Coalition continues push for rescinded HIV/AIDS allocations - A statewide coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations, most of whom primarily serve persons of color, is continuing with its efforts to receive allocations they had been awarded through the state's appropriation process. The Service Provider Improvement Network ( SPIN ) last week issued a press release that outlined their purpose. According to their statement, "Community-based organizations and advocates from across Illinois ...




Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries - From a press release - Proud to Run welcomes applications for beneficiaries of the 2015 Proud to Run 5k and 10k run/walk. Over its 33 years, PTR has donated more than $350,000 to nonprofits around Chicago that serve the LGBTQ community. In 2014, they donated $30,000, in total, to our three beneficiaries: The Night Ministry, TPAN and About Face Theatre. For a form, and to ...




Thousands run, walk to fight HIV/AIDS - by Jonathan Jones - With barely a cloud in the blue sky overhead, 3,500 participants gathered for the 13th Annual AIDS Run and Walk Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 14, as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn gave the countdown for runners/walkers to take off. The runners sprinted south from Grant Park's Avery Field and past scenic Northerly Island, while the walkers headed north toward DuSable Harbor. ...




Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds - A number of HIV/AIDS agencies, all serving persons of color, are preparing to lobby the Illinois government to release funds that had been awarded to them for fiscal year ( FY ) 2015, but were never allocated. In July, the Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) informed 20 service providers that money awarded to those agencies for FY ...




TPAN launches 2014's 'A Day with HIV' - by Jason Carson Wilson - Photos say or shout a thousand words. Images featured in Chicago-based Test Positive Aware Network's fifth annual one-day photo exhibit Sept. 5, "A Day with HIV," at the Chicago Cultural Center sent a powerful message through photography: HIV and happiness aren't mutually exclusive. "Together, we can start to overcome the stigma and shame," TPAN Publications Director and Positively Aware Editor ...




Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds - A number of HIV/AIDS agencies, all serving persons of color, are preparing to lobby the Illinois government to release funds that had been awarded to them for Fiscal Year 2015, but were never allocated. In July, the Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) informed 20 service providers that money awarded to those agencies for Fiscal Year 2015 through ...




HBHC responds to AHF anti-PrEP ads - The top official from Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) responded to a new nationwide advertise campaign that questions the effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) with an assertion that PrEP remains a viable option for persons who might be at risk for HIV infection. "We're coming from a completely different position than those ads," said David Munar, ...




Lambda launches Know Your Rights At Work for LGBT, HIV+ - From a press release - ( New York, August 27, 2014 ) — As Labor Day approaches, Lambda Legal has launched its newest section of the Know Your Rights information hub. Know Your Rights Workplace provides information for LGBT and HIV+ people who face discrimination at work. "Among callers to our Legal Help Desk, workplace issues are a top concern year after year—second only to ...




Attendees board 'Soul Train' at ALCC event - The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago's ( ALCC's ) annual summer bash took place Aug. 20 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack. In years past, the theme ranged from "Lost in Space" to "Bollywood Nights," and this year's theme—"Soul Train"—did not disappoint. A diverse crowd of people began flooding the venue early, and quite a few festive people came in full '70s ...




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 ...







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