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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release - ( Sacramento, CA — Oct. 6, 2017 )—Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law landmark legislation to reform outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV.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 ...




Windy City Times Job Fair Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted - More than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event, which is free and open to the public, ...




Leadership program for LGBTQ youth, HIV/AIDS-affected youth begins in Vietnam - From a press release - Hanoi, 19 July 2017 — Amazin LeThi Foundation today, announced the launch of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ), which will take place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017. The program, the first of ...




Hundreds tackle 200-mile Ride For AIDS Chicago - Kelly Southard was in her fourth Ride For AIDS Chicago—the two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride July 8-9, organized and benefitting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN )—and it still personal, emotional for her. Southard was riding in memory of her cousin, Scott, who lost his fight with HIV/AIDS in 1995. "Being an experienced rider, I had some idea of what ...




Walgreens clinics in select markets to begin PrEP prescriptions - Deerfield-based Walgreens announced on July 10 that providers at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in select markets would soon be able to provide patients with consultations and prescriptions for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Chicago is currently not among the markets in question, which include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus ( Ohio ), Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, ...




AIDSVu maps show disproportionate HIV burden among youth, communities of color - From an AIDSVu press release - ATLANTA, Today, AIDSVu released new interactive maps illustrating the impact of HIV across the United States, showing that two-thirds of all new HIV diagnoses in 2015 occurred in two-and-a-half percent of U.S. counties. Using the latest publicly available data at the city-, county-, and state-levels, these new maps visualize disparities in HIV infections and mortality, both geographically and across different ...




Former member of Pres. Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS on White House HIV remarks - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, June 27, 2017 )—Today, President Trump issued a statement to mark National HIV Testing Day. This is the first statement issued by the administration regarding HIV/AIDS and comes on the heels of the resignation of six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), led by Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director and Counsel, Scott ...




UIC launches injectable PrEP study - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), on June 16, announced that it will begin recruiting participants for a clinical trial to compare the efficacy of a newly developed injectable drug to prevent new infections of the HIV virus with that of the oral medication Truvada. In a statement, Richard Novak, chief of infectious disease in the UIC ...




TPAN returns to Edgewater location - U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky ( D-9 ) and Ald. Ariel Reboyras ( 30th ), on June 19, were among those who joined Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) for a ribbon-cutting of its new location at 5755 North Broadway. The organization was for several years housed at the Edgewater location, so the event marked a homecoming of sorts. TPAN ...




Remembering NAMES - From the inaugural display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt at at Navy Pier in 1988. See http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Pier-Pride-at-Navy-Pier-to-host-AIDS-Memorial-Quilt-full-day-of-Pride-events/59414.html for info on the new display of the quilt this Pride weekend at Navy Pier. Photos by Lisa Howe-Ebright ...




Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk - Registration has opened for the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5K walk and the 5K/10K runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Those runs start at 8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. ( The opening ceremony will ...




HIV/AIDS Council members resign after Trump inaction - Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS ( PACHA ), on June 13, resigned from their posts, citing President Donald Trump's supposed indifference to the issue as their reason. Among those council members was Scott Schoettes, who is counsel and HIV project director for Lambda Legal. Based in the organization's Chicago office, Schoettes litigated a number of high-profile ...




TPAN open house to showcase new office, partnership with Howard Brown - Chicago, IL. ( June 13, 2017 )—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will celebrate the opening of its new office with an open house and ribbon-cutting on Monday, June 19, at its Edgewater location, 5537 N Broadway. The open house, which will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony with U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, ...




NCAVP hate violence report: 2016 deadliest on record for LGBTQ, HIV communities - While the festivals, parades and appearance of Rainbow flags in cities across the world are traditions designed to celebrate Pride month, since 1997 the National Coalition of Anti Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) release of its National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities has served as a sober reminder of the need to ...




NYC memorial event to honor journalists who died of AIDS or covered the epidemic - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY — A commemoration of journalists who died of AIDS, and others who covered the epidemic, highlighted by a keynote speech from a journalist from The New York Times, will take place on Friday, June 23. "Bodies on the Line: A Memorial to Honor AIDS Journalists" will take place on Friday, June 23, from 12:00 until 2:00pm at ...




National roundup: Stephen Colbert, '30 Days of HIV,' drag-queen death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Visiting Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was asked if President Donald Trump's overseas trip was an opportunity to calm things down at home, and maybe his being too tired to tweet might be a "positive thing for him," Deadline noted. Maddow dismissed that idea, noting Washington Post reported, as Trump's plane took off, that there is a ...




World news: InterPride, HIV death warning, tennis icons clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - InterPride, the International Association for Pride Organizers, has called on LGBTQ+ people everywhere to attend and support local Pride events everywhere, according to a press release. In part, the release stated, "Pride has taken on a new urgency in 2017. With celebrations happening in hundreds of locations throughout the month and The Equality March for Unity & Pride centered in ...




Morten Group leads ED search - The National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) has retained Chicago-based Morten Group, LLC, headed by Mary Morten, in its search for its next executive director, according to an organizational press release. NBJC is a civil-rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people, including those living with HIV/AIDS. Sharon Lettman-Hicks is stepping down in the coming months after ...




Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...




Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk - Registration has opened for the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5K walk and the 5K/10K runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Those runs start at 8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. ( The opening ceremony will ...




TPAN Moving to New Office, Partnering with Howard Brown Health - From a press release - Chicago, IL. ( May 18, 2017 )—This month, Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will move its offices to the Edgewater neighborhood, opening a co-located medical clinic operated by Howard Brown Health. The move returns TPAN to its former storefront location, 5537 N Broadway. According to CEO Patti Capouch. "TPAN has grown in our 30 year history—and the face ...




City expands HIV services, 400% increase people served - From a press release - Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced more than 3,600 people living with HIV in the city received vital services in the first year of new, innovative partnerships between CDPH, the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) and Howard Brown Health. These results represent a 400 percent increase in individuals served in ...




Chicago House event shows 'Unity on the Runway' - Chicago House celebrated is 31st Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library's Winter Garden Ballroom. This year's theme was "Unity on the Runway," presented and hosted by co-chairs Chris and Derek Bagley. "We want our guests to feel inspired and unified as a community," they said. "Our theme plays with current fashion trends—how they are making ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Sunday,Oct. 1 - From a press release - Chicago-area residents will band together for equity and justice for individuals living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5k walk and the 5k/10k runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Funds raised through AIDS ...




Center hosts Red Dress Party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Presented by the Equality Project, Inc., the Chicago Red Dress Party is an event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the HIV/AIDS movement. The annual party was held April 22 at Center on Halsted. Guests dressed in red enjoyed apps, drinks and a show throughout the evening. Among the performers were Jade Sotomayer, a former Windy City Timess 30 ...




Criminal HIV-transmission charges dropped against suburban man - Criminal charges have been dropped against a Wilmette personal trainer who last year was accused of criminal transmission of HIV. Prosecutors for the Cook County State's Attorney Office, on April 20, said they would be dropping charges against Jimmy Amutavi, who was last year charged with three counts of criminal HIV-transmission, which is a class-2 felony. Three women accused Amutavi ...




Chicago House and Social Service Agency Spring Brunch & Fashion Show May 7 - CHICAGO, IL — Chicago House, the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, is excited to celebrate its 31st Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library! On Sunday, May 7th, from 12 — 3:30 p.m., join Chicago House for "Unity on the Runway," presented and hosted ...




Champions for transgender equity honored at Nat'l Trans HIV Testing Day event - From a press release - Chicago, IL — April 21, 2017 —. : South Side Help Center, Affinity Community Services and Coalition for Justice & Respect collaborated to host an event to commemorate April 18, National Transgender HIV Testing Day, by honoring individuals who have advocated for the well-being of those in the transgender community. The program included presenting them with customized awards and an ...




'Plain Sight' HIV exhibit thru April 16 - History Moves' current mobile exhibition, "In Plain Sight: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS," is at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., through Sunday, April 16. In fall 2015, students from the University of Cincinnati worked with the women of WIHS Chicago to present their stories as a public and collective history. "In Plain Sight" shows that women living ...




New social campaign tells youth smart sex is sexy - From a press release - Sexperts: they're the people in your life who you turn to for helping navigating the good, the bad and the uncomfy in your sex life. In honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, April 10, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is launching Sexperts Slay, a celebration of those wise warriors in our lives who own good sex practices ...




National roundup: Calif. HIV bill, Lillian Faderman, Truth Awards Gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A bill that would modernize California's laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV cleared its first major legislative hurdle, an Equality California press release noted, as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 by a vote of five to two. The bill is authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...




More than $776,000 awarded for HIV prevention among young gay men, trans persons of color - From a press release - DURBIN, DUCKWORTH ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $776,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HIV PREVENTION IN YOUNG GAY MEN WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin ( D-IL ) and Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ) today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has awarded a total of $776,730 to Howard Brown Health Center and the Puerto Rican Cultural ...




Art AIDS exhibition hosts panel on aging - Greg Sanchez has taken HIV medications since the 1980s. But each time his body becomes resistant to one, he must switch to another. Now, with no new medications available, his only option is to take part in a clinical trial—a prospect he finds scary and, even more so, isolating. "I just wish I had somebody to relate to," he said. ...




Hundreds attend 'Art for Life' - More than 350 people attended the inaugural Art for Life Chicago, a juried art exhibition and live and silent auction that benefited those living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. The auction includes work from both famous and established professionals to new and emerging artists, and selected by a jury of renowned art experts, including New York Magazine's Senior Art Critic ...




Final week of Art AIDS America events March 27 through April 2 - From a press release - March 27 through April 2 will be the final week of the Art AIDS America exhibit and events at Alphawood Gallery. Extended hours for Free HIV Testing*: Thursday, March 30, 11am - 8pm Saturday, April 1, 11am - 6pm Theatre | AIDS On Stage Monday, March 27, 6-9pm About Face Theatre presents a series of readings ...




Emotion regulation vital to HIV/STI prevention in Black teens with mental illness - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA ( March 27, 2017 ) — Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it's estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a ...




Budget blueprint threatens research essential to end epidemics of HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) releases this statement in strong opposition to the President's 2018 budget blueprint. The blueprint threatens research essential to ending the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis ( TB ), and hepatitis C virus ( HCV ) in the United States and globally by cutting funding and eliminating programs. Massive and disruptive cuts to the National Institutes ...




'HIV & Aging' panel at Alphawood March 22 - The Care Plan Presents: HIV & Aging Panel—part of the Art AIDS America Chicago series—will take place Wed., March 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St. Jackie Boyd—a longtime aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan—will lead this discussion, which will address a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture. SeeArtAIDSAmericaChicago.org. ...




Adler president reveals HIV status - For Raymond Crossman—president of Adler University, a Chicago school for social and health sciences—the recent weeks under the Trump Administration have played out eerily similar to the years under the Reagan Administration. That unease led Crossman to make an important decision. On March 11, Salon printed a commentary wherein Crossman publicly disclosed his HIV status for the first time. "I ...




World: Murder suspects nabbed, new anti-HIV drug, Japan's first trans male official - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Dandara dos Santos, a Brazilian transgender woman who was kicked, punched and hit with a plank of wood before being shot in the face twice and bludgeoned to death, NewNowNext.com reported. A video of the assault on dos Santos went viral, prompting a discussion on the inclusion of such ...




Trump's budget would hurt HIV and STDs response, national non-partisan health groups say - From a press release - Washington, DC - On March 16, 2017, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18% cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this ...




AIDS United affirms research on viral loads - AIDS United Public Policy Committee, on March 7, affirmed conclusive evidence proving that people living with HIV who have achieved a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. The committee is a national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations. "This is a landmark development in the response to HIV and too many people are not hearing this message ...




'HIV & Aging' panel March 22 - The Care Plan Presents: HIV & Aging Panel—part of the Art AIDS America Chicago series—will take place Wed., March 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St. Jackie Boyd—a longtime aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan—will lead this discussion, which will address a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture. SeeArtAIDSAmericaChicago.org/event/art-aids-america-chicago-care-plan-present-panel-hivaids-aging/. ...




AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important person in their lives. Doctors and residents often spend a few perfunctory emotionally distant minutes, usually in the early morning, and family and friends come and go until, in many hospitals, they are barred completely in the ...




Art AIDS hosts Karen Finley event - As part of the Art AIDS America Chicago series, Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., hosted "The Anti-Workshop: Call to Action with Karen Finley" on March 12. The event featured local artists forming collections that ACT UP/Gran Fury and other community-based activist groups inspired. Following the presentations, there was a conversation involving Finley, whose work is included in Art AIDS ...




AIDS/LifeCycle TeamChicago Urban Riders to hold Saint Patty's Day fundraiser - It's your lucky day: Guys in Spandex for St. Patty's Day! Team CUR ( Chicago Urban Riders ) are riding 545 miles down the coast of California in June to fight HIV and AIDS with AIDS/LifeCycle. Join them in the fight on Thursday, March 16, at their our annual Bear Den fundraiser at Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Rd. The ...




Art AIDS America Closing Weekend events April 1, 2 - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, March 10, 2017 ) The groundbreaking traveling exhibition Art AIDS America must close at the new Alphawood Gallery ( 2401 N. Halsted Street, Chicago ) on Sunday, April 2, 2017. In its final weeks, visitors are invited to participate in the following special related on-site programming, all free and open to the public: 'Sharing Stories/Open Conversations' Saturday ...




LGBTs and people living with HIV have much at stake in ACA reform debate - From a press release - BOSTON, March 7, 2017 - Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefited from the Affordable ...




OUT Chicago live broadcast at Art AIDS America March 12 - MB Financial Bank and its LGBTQ Business Resource Group is sponsoring the OUT Chicago ( WCPT AM 820 ) live remote broadcast from the Art AIDS America exhibition at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m-1 p.m. This event will provide a panoramic historical perspective of the AIDS epidemic and will explore the future ...




HIV and Aging at Alphawood Gallery March 22 - HIV And Aging, a discussion addressing a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture, will be held March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Jackie Boyd, long time aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan, leads. With the continued advances in healthcare treatment and therapy, early detection, and preventative ...




OUT Chicago broadcast from the Art AIDS America Exhibit March 12 - MB Financial Bank and its LGBTQ Business Resource Group is sponsoring the OUT Chicago ( WCPT AM 820 ) live remote broadcast from the Art AIDS America exhibition at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m-1 p.m. This event will provide a panoramic historical perspective of the AIDS epidemic and will explore the future ...




Out at CHM to explore Art, AIDS and Activism - From a Chicago History Museum press release - CHICAGO ( February 24, 2017 ) — Discover how art was used to speak out about the AIDS pandemic, advocate for its victims and critique public response to this health crisis at the Chicago History Museum's Out at CHM program, "Art, AIDS, and Activism in Chicago." The program takes place on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Chicago History Museum. ...




LETTERS Lives at stake - For the third year in a row, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner failed to present the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that protects the state's most vulnerable people, proposing a 44-percent cut to vital HIV funding streams in his budget address on Feb. 15. "The budget proposed today is outright dangerous for people living with HIV and will certainly result ...




Activist Maxx Boykin on HIV/AIDS fight and new challenges - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Community, Advocacy and Social Justice Manager, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance co-manager and Black Youth Project ( BYP ) 100 member Maxx Boykin is prominent not only in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS but through his seemingly tireless efforts for Black empowerment. Now Boykin faces a new set of challenges in a cause to ...




AIDS film kicks off Legacy LIVE series - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 kicked off on Feb. 5 at the Alphawood Gallery with a screening of the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist. The hour-long documentary, which originally aired on PBS, explores the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. ...




Howard Brown marks nat'l Black HIV/AIDS day with panel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Howard Brown Health's Feb. 6 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event—held at Sikia Restaurant in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side—was both a purposeful examination of the crisis facing the Black HIV/AIDS population and a celebration of the people on the front lines of the battle on behalf of a community that, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...




Battling Chicago's HIV/AIDS disparities - Panel discussion focuses on the challenges in raising awareness among minority communities who already face a multitude of obstacles meeting basic needs. While non-Hispanic Black individuals made up 14.2 percent of Illinois' population in 2013, they composed 48 percent of new HIV diagnoses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Disparities such as this—and infection rates that are significantly higher among ...




Lambda Legal, EEOC win settlement for healthcare worker fired for being HIV+ - ( Austin, TX, February 9, 2017 ) — Yesterday, a federal judge in Texas approved a settlement secured by Lambda Legal and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) on behalf of Michael Janssen, a certified nursing assistant fired in 2013 by Granite Mesa Health Center in Marble Falls, Texas, after he disclosed he was living with HIV. ...




Johnson among Gilead recipients - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced the recipients of its HIV cure grants program—a fund totaling more than $22 million that will support 12 new HIV cure research projects. Among those receiving grants is CURE HIV, a community-academic partnership among AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University. Amy Johnson is the point ...




HIV/AIDS awareness event on Feb. 6 - There will be a panel discussion on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( Monday, Feb. 6 ) at Sikia restaurant, 740 W. 63rd St., 6-8 p.m. The event is free and includes a first-come, first-served buffet dinner. For more, see "National Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day Event" on Facebook. ...




Lambda Legal: Price would endanger health of LGBTs, people living with HIV - From a press release - New York — As congressional hearings begin on Tom Price's nomination to become Secretary for Health and Human Services, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for the rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, released the following statement: "Senator Tom Price is a dangerous choice for Secretary of ...




Bill T. Jones to speak at DuSable - Art AIDS America and the DuSable Museum of African American History are hosting dancer/activist/Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Jones, who is a passionate HIV-positive artist, will offer a one-night-only presentation ( entitled "Return" ) touching on his decades-long relation to HIV/AIDS. This program is free and ...




Cartooning AIDS' at Gerber/Hart - A new major exhibition is in the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St. "Cartooning AIDS" features the political cartoons of Danny Sotomayor and looks at how issues surrounding AIDS were engaged through political cartoons, comic books, trading cards and 'zines for the purpose of political critique, education, and awareness. The exhibition will be open through ...




Legacy LIVE to present Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist, Sotomayor's story - From a press release - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 opens with the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist about the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. Follow his struggle to balance life, death, and protest cast against some of the most explosive footage of AIDS ...







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