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




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




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




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




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




Atripla removed from preferred

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




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




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




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




POV gets rights for broadcast premiere of 'Memories of a Penitent Heart' on PBS - From a press release - New York, N.Y. — April 15, 2016 — POV ( Point of View ), American television's longest-running independent documentary series, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to Cecilia Aldarondo's Memories of a Penitent Heart, a co-production of ITVS. The film has its world premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival and will have its national broadcast premiere on POV in ...




United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS coming up, MSMGF lists next steps - From a press release - MSMGF, The Global Forum and MSM abd HIV, has provided recommendations on several key advocacy entry points to influence the document drafts that will lead up to the High-Level Meeting ( HLM ) in June. These include: April 15 — Release of the Zero Draft Political Declaration The UN Mission co-facilitators Switzerland and Zambia have indicated that they will release ...




Michigan man claims HIV-based discrimination - Corey Rangel believes that, if not for his HIV-positive status, he would not be facing four years of jail time right now. In mid-March, Rangel said he was pulled over by a police officer in Centerville, Michigan, for a loud exhaust and cited for two civil infractions: driving without corrective lenses and not carrying proof of insurance. Rangel had been ...




Affinity offering free HIV testing - Affinity Community Services will continue offering free HIV/AIDS testing, taking place at its Hyde Park location on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1-3 p.m., in collaboration with Center on Halsted. See Affinity95.org . ...




World news: Singer dies, couple released, 'RuPaul' expands - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay, HIV-positive South African singer Koyo Bala, 36, died at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town after battling with anal cancer for two years, Vanguardngr.com reported. Bala was part of a pop group known as 3-Sum, which was made up of Balaš Amstel Maboa and the late Jeff Moyo, and they were popularly known in the South African entertainment industry ...




AIDS czar steps down from post - Douglas Brooks—the first openly gay, HIV-positive, African-American man to be named the head of the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP )—stepped down from the position March 24. Senior policy advisor Amy Lansky will replace Brooks in the interim. President Bill Clinton created the post in 1993. President Obama named Brooks to the position two years ago. ...




Clinical trial addresses HIV and cardiovascular risks - Researchers at two area universities are among those participating in a nationwide clinical trial focused on HIV-related cardiovascular disease. University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University are two local sites of the six-year clinical trial, known as the Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV ( REPRIEVE ). About 6,500 subjects across the country are expected to participate ...




Exhibit spotlights women and HIV/AIDS - The University of Illinois at Chicago is presenting "In Plain Sight: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS in Chicago," an exhibition featuring oral histories, photos, documents and hand-written stories from Chicago women living with HIV. "In Plain Sight" will run through Saturday, April 2 ( on Thursdays through Saturdays ), at the Pop Up JUST Art Center, 1255 S. Halsted St. ...




CORE Center awarded grant for HIV-patient assistance - The Cook County Health & Hospital System's (CCHHS) Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center has been awarded a two-year grant from the Chicago Community Trust's Rose Bernice Charitable Trust to support care coordination services for HIV-positive patients through CORE's Project CONNECT, according to a March 24 statement. Project CONNECT is a transitional care coordination program assisting HIV-positive individuals who are newly-diagnosed, ...




AFC, AIDS Institute announce more HIV medication coverage - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and The AIDS Institute issued a joint press release stating that through their joint advocacy, national health insurance provider Ambetter Health has agreed to expand the list of medications it covers to include life-saving daily treatments for people living with HIV. Over the past two years, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and ...




Advocates call for Clinton to make HIV/AIDS a priority - On the heels of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's recent inaccurate statement at Nancy Reagan's funeral that the first lady and husband President Ronald Reagan started "a national conversation" about HIV/AIDS, a group of 70 HIV/AIDS advocates sent a letter to Clinton. "[A]t Nancy Reagan's funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans' record on HIV and AIDS," Clinton ...




World news: HIV study; action against Malawi; Gucci's policy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Scotland, a University of Glasgow study shows that gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ), including those believed to be at "high risk," are not getting HIV tests frequently enough, Scotsman.com reported. The study found that while national guidelines suggest all MSM test annually for HIV and those "at higher risk" every three ...




Janssen Inc. dedicates funding to HIV care for MSM of color, gender-nonconforming - From a press release - TITUSVILLE, N.J., March 21, 2016 — Janssen today announced the recipients of funding from two special Requests for Applications ( RFA ) to encourage innovative models of care and support for two stigmatized groups living with HIV: young men who have sex with men ( MSM ) of color, and transgender women and gender-nonconforming individuals. This is the ninth consecutive ...




Criticisms follow Clinton comments on Reagans and AIDS - Activists, pundits and others were quick to decry March 11 comments by presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton suggesting that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were positive forces for change in the war against HIV/AIDS, despite well-documented historical evidence to the contrary. Clinton initially issued a brief apology for the remarks March 11 via Twitter, then a more extensive statement at medium.com ...




UIC gets grant to expand HIV project - The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a grant in support of an oral history project featuring women's personal histories of living with HIV and AIDS in the United States. The $70,000, one-year grant from the MAC AIDS Fund will expand "I'm Still Surviving," a pilot program developed by the UIC-based History Moves project and the Women's Interagency HIV ...




Advocates: HIV case should not cast doubt on PrEP effectiveness - Researchers at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ( CROI ) in Boston, on Feb. 26, reported that a Canadian man, who had been using the medication Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, had been infected with HIV. It was the first reported case of an individual with full compliance to a Truvada for PrEP regimen getting HIV. Truvada ...




CDC: At current rate, 1 in 2 Black gay men could get HIV - Grave HIV projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) emerged Feb. 23 at a presentation given at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ( CROI ) in Boston. If current HIV diagnoses rates continue at the same levels, one in two Black men in the United States who have sex with men ( MSM ...




Upcoming: 'Our Girls Matter' March 9; LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools March 4 - In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS Foundation of Chicago will hold "Black Lives Matter: Our Girls Matter" on Wed., March 9, at West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is a free, full-day conference to launch an action plan addressing structural determinants of HIV vulnerability among Black ...




Exhibition inspired by Chicago women's HIV stories - From a press release - The University of Illinois at Chicago presents "In Plain Sight: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS in Chicago," an exhibition featuring oral histories, photos, documents and hand-written stories from Chicago women living with HIV. WHEN: Opening reception: March 4, 5 — 7 p.m. Exhibition on view: Through April 2, Thursdays, 3 - 6 p.m.; Fridays, 3 — 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, ...




CDC: MSM still at increased risk for HIV diagnoses - If current HIV diagnoses rates continue at the same levels, one in two Black men in the United States who have sex with men ( MSM ) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, as will one in four Latino MSM in the U.S., according to researchers. Those figures were among those released February 23 in a Centers for ...




AFC stages die-in at Illinois Statehouse - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), on Feb. 17, held a 250-person rally and die-in at the Illinois Statehouse in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to HIV programs and social services in the new state budget. In a statement, AFC said that Rauner's proposal for fiscal year ( FY ) 2017 "contained an $18 million appropriation ...




Hollendoner leaving for San Francisco - Joe Hollendoner, MSW—who was most recently the first deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH )—has been appointed CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, effective May 2. Hollendoner, a former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree, managed the CDPH's operations and strategic initiatives to advance the city's public health agenda and improve the health of ...




Event celebrates #PrEP4Love launch - About 75 community members gathered Feb. 8 as the Chicago PrEP Working Group celebrated the launch of its #PrEP4Love campaign with a reception at West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The campaign aims to raise awareness of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, among young gay Black men, as well as cisgender and transgender Black women, among others, ...




Greater Than AIDS series on YouTube - From a press release - This latest installment of the popular Greater Than AIDS YouTube series #AskTheHIVDoc is "All about PrEP!" Because HIV should never stand in the way of LOVE! Top HIV docs Dr. Demetre Daskalakis and Dr. David Malebranche answer YOUR questions about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis — the daily pill to prevent HIV. The questions cover a broad range of topics, from how effective ...




HIV Care Connect reworks education on HIV, mental health - Among the questions on Illinois HIV Care Connect's HIV and Mental Health Quiz is 'people living with HIV and a mental health condition have a more difficult time achieving viral suppression: True or False?" According to Illinois Health Association Assistant Director for Programs and Compliance Jeffery M. Erdman, his colleague/HIV Project Manager Michael Maginn and Illinois HIV Care Connect Communications ...




Black HIV/AIDS event addresses progress, challenges - Ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( Feb. 7 ), members of the West Side HIV/AIDS Resource Provider Council ( WHARP ), U.S. Congressman. Danny K. Davis ( IL- 07 ) Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins ( IL-16 ) and Rep. LaShawn K. Ford ( IL-08 ) joined representatives from the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, The ...




TPP signing undercuts U.S. commitment to LGBTQ equality, HIV/AIDS fight - From a Pride at Work press release - Washington — Today, in Auckland, New Zealand, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, along with his counterparts from other Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) countries, will sign the secretly negotiated trade deal despite numerous flaws, significant opposition, and an unclear path for passage in the US Congress. Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement in response: "Though ...




Nat'l Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day marked with Red Ribbon Cash Scratch Off Ticket - From a press release - ( February 1, 2016 ) CHICAGO, IL - In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2016, U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis, IL 7th District, WHARP ( Westside HIV/AIDS Regional Planning Council ) and over 50 invited community leaders and nonprofit organizations join together to host their annual press conference at Mile Square Health Clinic on Friday, February ...




'PrEP4Love' campaign launched - The Chicago PrEP Working Group ( CPWG ) launched PrEP4Love, a citywide, sex-positive media campaign designed to increase awareness of PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Photography with the tagline "One pill. Once a day. Protect against HIV." is displayed in ads throughout Chicago on CTA trains and buses, as well as in ...




Presidential candidates answer survey on plans to end HIV and AIDS epidemic - From a Gay Men's Health Crisis press release - New York, NY: Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) - the world's first and leading HIV and AIDS service organization - sent all of the candidates running for president a survey asking about their plans to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic on December 3, 2015. The purpose of the survey was not to endorse a candidate, but rather ...




Creating Change plenary addresses HIV/AIDS in trans women, Black men - Videos below article - Health officials and advocates discussed the successes and gaps in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS at a plenary talk at the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 23. Phill Wilson opened by recalling the day when he was told that he had HIV. "When I was diagnosed with HIV, my doctors told me to go home, get my affairs in order, ...




Doors open at Chicago House event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago House and Social Service Agency continually opens the door for people stricken by poverty, homelessness, and AIDS through providing housing, medical services, and legal help among other things. Marking 30 years of service had the organization breaking down more doors with a Jan. 13 fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts, Inc. in the Ravenswood area. Titled "Another Door Opens," attendees witnessed ...




Prominent South African jurist, AIDS policy activist at Northwestern - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. — Edwin Cameron, one of South Africa's most prominent jurists and who stunned the public by revealing his HIV-positive status, will deliver two public lectures next week at Northwestern University. A fierce critic of former South African president Thabo Mbeki's AIDS policies, Cameron will reflect on efforts to move toward a nonracial, nonsexist and egalitarian nation, using what ...




Chicagoans among 'Advocates to Watch' - Northwestern University pediatrics professor Robert Garofalo and Howard Brown Health Center youth counselor Cassie Warren are among the "16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016." The list is generated each year by Mark S. King on his blog, MyFabulousDisease.com, and highlighted in Plus magazine. Garofalo is known for his founding of the organization Fred Says ( named after his dog ...




World: AIDS conference; Grindr and China; Estonia partnership law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 21st International AIDS Conference will take place in Durban, South Africa, on July 18-22—and scholarships are available for the event, according to its website. The website says, "The conference organizers are committed to doubling the number of scholarships for AIDS 2016 to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and ...




AIDS Foundation of Chicago praises Congress' budget - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has praised Congress' budget deal, noting that the governmental body "made several noteworthy bipartisan commitments in their support for domestic HIV/AIDS programming," according to its website. Among the aspects of funds that AFC lauded are: —Ensuring integrity of all aspects of Ryan White funding with no cuts or consolidation; —Restoring proposed cuts to ...




Fred Says giving $50K to HIV groups - The Chicago-based charity Fred Says will be giving $50,000 across the United States to organizations supporting HIV-positive youth, with two large "impact grants" at $10,000 going to Test Positive Awareness Network ( Chicago ) and Lost-and-Found ( Atlanta ). The money is being given to provide fiscal support for any advocacy going on that helps educated the public about the ...




Sidetrack hosts Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit - Several of the cast members of touring shows for The Lion King and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical joined forces to raise money on their one night off from work. "Can You Feel the Earth Move?: A Holiday Cabaret to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" brought in a full house Dec. 14 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack. Choosing from a mix ...




Restrictions on blood donations eased; limitations lead to controversy - While key limitations still apply, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Dec. 21 that it was easing some restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Previous restrictions, which had been in place for about 32 years, included a "lifetime deferral" for gay and bisexual men, meaning any men who had ever had sex with men since 1977 ...




Trans exhibit at Columbia; HIV/AIDS exhibit at medical museum - Trans exhibit at Columbia thru Feb. Columbia College Chicago's Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., presents "Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics," which is open Dec. 10, 2015-Feb. 13, 2016. The reception will be Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, 5-8 p.m. Jeanne Vaccaro and Stamatina Gregory are the curators, with Cooper Union organizing. Taking its title from ...




WORLD AIDS DAY Center on Halsted event offers info, inspiration - The Center on Halsted's World AIDS Day event Dec. 5 was as much about information as commemoration. Booths lined the Center's third-floor lobby, representing organizations that included Lurie Children's Hospital, Janssen, the American Red Cross, Howard Brown Health Center, TPAN, Chicago House and Gilead Sciences. Each table was packed with leaflets and educational materials. HIV and STI testing was also ...




National roundup: AIDS items; Campus Pride list; Michael Johnson report - The White House issued a release marking World AIDS Day. The proclamation stated, in part, "On World AIDS Day, we remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the triumphs earned through the efforts of scores of advocates and providers, pledge our support for those at risk for or living with HIV, and rededicate our talents and efforts to ...




HIV testing van takes inaugural ride into Chicago communities - From a press release - Chicago, IL — On World AIDS Day, Association House of Chicago launched the "Know Your Status Project", an HIV outreach program that includes a mobile HIV testing van, education materials, and prevention strategies that target identified high-risk areas in Chicago. The mobile testing unit seeks hard to reach residents to provide one-minute HIV testing, and immediate linkages to care for ...




WORLD AIDS DAY Vida/SIDA event celebrates, remembers and challenges - "The time to act is now." It is the prevailing theme of the 2015 World AIDS Day—one which reverberated throughout Vida/SIDA event held at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ) Dec. 1. The standing-room-only audience packed into the PRCC in solidarity with that motive as the lights were drawn down and they each held candles aloft in silent ...




Black Lives Matter forum explores HIV and Stigma - The stigma against persons living with HIV is perpetuated by numerous societal institutions, among them the law enforcement community, the healthcare system, the juvenile justice system and church communities. The impact from that institutional stigma, particularly as it relates to African Americans, was the focus of a daylong forum, Black Lives Matter: HIV, Stigma and Violence, on World AIDS Day, ...




Condom campaign launched at World AIDS Day event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) unveiled its Chicago Wears Condoms campaign in collaboration with the Mikva Challenge Dec. 1 at the Roosevelt Red Line station. The event also featured a press conference, condom distribution and the unveiling of CDPH's 2015 HIV/STI Surveillance Report. According to the report, this is the 13th ...




World news: Homicide conviction; France and PrEP; terrorist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Philippine court convicted U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of transgender Filipina woman Jennifer Laude, according to BuzzFeed. Pemberton's attorneys said he hired Laude for sex after the two met at a club on Oct. 11, 2014. Pemberton's lawyers told local media that he admitted to choking her in a nearby hotel room after discovering she was ...




Report: MSM, trans left behind in HIV/AIDS fight - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a new report published on World AIDS Day, the ONE Campaign sounded the alarm about a growing complacency in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and warned that the fight will be unwinnable if especially vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men and transgender women, continue to be underserved. Compared with the general population, men who ...




GLSEN, AIDS United release HIV prevention resource for educators - From a press release - NEW YORK ( December 1, 2015 ) - GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, and AIDS United, dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., today released Get the Facts: Improve School Climate to Increase LGBT Students' Well-Being and Reduce HIV/AIDS Risk, an educator resource on mitigating HIV risk ...




NIH on World AIDS Day 2015: Follow the science to end AIDS. - From a press release - From Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Carl Dieffenbach, Ph.D., Director, Division of AIDS, NIAID Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., NIH Director When the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were reported in 1981, scientists and physicians did not know the cause and had no therapies to treat those who were ...




Presidential Proclamation: World AIDS Day, 2015 - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION More than three decades ago, the first known cases of HIV/AIDS sparked an epidemic in the United States — ushering in a time defined by how little we knew about it and in which those affected by it faced fear and stigmatization. We have made extraordinary progress in the ...




AFC announces 2016 Ryan White award recipients - From a press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is pleased to announce the 30 organizations selected to receive an estimated $7 million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to serve the HIV community throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Funding through the federal Ryan White program, which distributes $2.3 billion nationwide to support people living with HIV, allows AFC to create ...




Chicago sex ed gets makeover; youth launch 'Chicago Wears Condoms' campaign - From a press release - Internationally December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day to educate and prevent the deadly disease. In Chicago, high school students in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the marketing agency, Serve, are launching a provocative advertising and public education campaign, "Chicago Wears Condoms." The concept was developed by high school youth who want to reduce the ...




World AIDS Day in Chicago - Below are events being held to mark World AIDS Day, which is officially on Dec. 1: Dec. 1 —Vida/SIDA and Puerto Rican Cultural Center will hold a candlelight vigil at 4 p.m., followed by a guest speaker, the release of its annual report and a Latino MSM forum, at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, 3015 ...




Briefs: PrEP study; Point opens applications; Social workers to be honored - Low infection rates in new PrEP study A study released Nov. 16 that followed 557 men who have sex with men ( MSM ) and transgender women who use pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, showed low HIV infection rates among the cohort. The study was conducted from October, 2012, through February, 2015, at two STI clinics in San Francisco and Miami, ...




Larry Kramer's pivotal call-to-action honored in solo exhibition at Center - From a press release - A series of queer drawings from New York artist and illustrator Mark Addison Smith opens Nov. 20 at the Center on Halsted in conjunction with World AIDS Day. Friday, November 20, 2015 ( opening reception from 7-9pm ) Show runs November 20—January 5, 2016 Center on Halsted 2nd Floor Gallery 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago The series, entitled Years Yet ...




AFC holds annual meeting, announces new strategic plan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A huge PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ) advertising push and a new strategic plan were among AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) announcements at their 2015 annual meeting Nov. 9. AFC President/CEO John Peller hosted the meeting, and spoke of the difficulties of trying to keep on top of advancements and political changes as infection rates remain high. "It ...




ViiV Healthcare holds Couch Talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 10, ViiV Healthcare presented its yearly HIV Couch Talk. The evening was designed to promote HIV awareness, the need for testing and adhering to treatment, and a chance to dialogue and share stories. The event featured two "Couch Coaches," individuals who shared personal stories of dealing with a positive diagnosis and how treatment empowered them to reclaim there ...




Following Charlie Sheen interview, GLAAD shares statement, HIV & AIDS guide - From a GLAAD press release - Today, GLAAD points journalists to its resource guide, "HIV & AIDS in the News: A Guide for Reporting in a New Era of Prevention and Treatment," which helps newsmakers fairly and accurately cover stories about HIV & AIDS. GLAAD also responded to NBC News's interview with Charlie Sheen, during which Sheen announced that he is HIV positive. "To eradicate HIV ...




Chicagoans among POZ Magazine 100 for 2015 - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 16, 2015 — POZ magazine, the award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, today announced the sixth annual POZ 100. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations across the country to nominate people living with HIV since 1995 or earlier who remain active in the fight to end the epidemic. ...




FDA approves new HIV drug - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ), on Nov. 5, announced that it had approved the drug Genvoya, manufactured by Foster City, California-based Gilead Sciences, Inc., for use in treating HIV-1. The drug contains the components elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide, and is intended as a single-pill, daily medication for individuals who are previously untreated, as well as ...




AFC softball couple on relationship, work and PrEP awareness - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Sirens, a Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) league Sunday summer softball team, has many team members who are taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ), an HIV prevention drug, including Larry "LT" Todd ( nee: Johnson ) Cousineau. LT is in a serodiscordant relationship with his husband Vincent "Vinny" Cousineau, who ...




Positively Aware marks 25 years with MBC event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Friends and colleagues of staff from Test Positive Aware Network's ( TPAN ) Positively Aware Magazine gathered at the Museum of Broadcast Communications ( MBC ) Oct. 29 to mark the publication's 25th anniversary. Editor Jeff Berry marked the occasion with a champagne toast alongside his staff, Associate Editor Enid Vazquez and Creative Director Rick Guasco. In his remarks, Berry ...




Proud to Run 2016 now accepting beneficiary applications - From a press release - Chicago ( Nov. 4, 2015 ) — Proud to Run is now accepting applications from Chicago-area LGBTQ organizations seeking to be a beneficiary of the 2016 Proud to Run 10k run and 5k run/walk next June. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 17, 2015. Organizations submitting an application should be a non-profit that serves LGBT individuals in or ...




Clinician talks Haitian roots at Black caucus event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sebastian Saenz - On Oct. 30, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ), in partnership with the Remimakuo Media Club, hosted its "Quarterly Conversations with the Caucus" event, open to the public, at The Jeffrey Pub. That night, openly gay HIV/AIDS clinician and author Dr. David Malebranche discussed his book, Standing on His Shoulders: What I Learned about Race, Life and ...




AFC partners with CBGMC, Taskforce - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has announced its plan to provide Taskforce Prevention and Community Services ( Taskforce ) and Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) with development grants and support in long-term strategic planning. As a result of these Capacity Building Assistance ( CBA ) partnerships, both Taskforce and CBGMC will be able to ...




Positively Aware to mark 25th year - Positively Aware, the HIV/AIDS-focused publication of Chicago-based Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) is now in its 25th year, and will celebrate that milestone downtown on Oct. 29. Editor Jeff Berry said that, even though the scope of HIV/AIDS has changed dramatically over the years, the mission of the magazine—bringing its readers up-to-date and accurate treatment information and related ...




Ellen Burstyn on working with Personal PAC - Ellen Burstyn is one of the best-known actresses of our time, appearing in such films as The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, for which she won the Academy Award. But she has also long been a champion of reproductive rights. That is why she's teamed up with Personal PAC, a pro-choice organization, to fight ...




Stars join GLAAD, E. Taylor AIDS Foundation in call for reinvigorated AIDS fight - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — GLAAD today announced the release of a public service announcement ( PSA ) to inspire, inform, and reignite the passion and action needed to beat the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all. The PSA, produced by the award-winning Martian Entertainment, was created by GLAAD and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation as part of an ...




National day of action addresses violence against women living with HIV - From a press release - With 3 out of 4 women with HIV reporting a history of violence or abuse—which all too often stands in the way of successful treatment HIV treatment—now is the time for policy and programmatic solutions, according to Positive Women's Network-USA. The public is invited to join the over 60 organizations worldwide that have signed on as endorsers or partners in ...




LETTER: Latinos and HIV, breaking the silence and shame - By David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO, Howard Brown Health Center - The numbers speak for themselves: despite recent advances in HIV treatment and prevention, the Latino community as a whole is suffering a spike in HIV infections. According to the CDC, in 2013 Latinos in the U.S. represented nearly three times the rate of new HIV infections compared to non-Hispanic whites. Among Latinos living with HIV, only about 35 percent were ...




HIV, day to day: The truth about consequences - By Sebastian Saenz - Luis Cano's life might seem ordinary, but Cano—who happens to be HIV-positive—wants to send a message about his life. His life has had its ups and downs, just like everybody else's. He grew up in Torreon, Mexico, without a father, but with a mother and siblings. He helped them, he fell in love, he danced at the best Folk Ballet ...




Upcoming events: Positively Aware event; Mexican HIV/AIDS campaign; Project& - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will be hosting a complimentary cocktail reception in commemoration of Positively Aware magazine's 25-plus years of HIV journalism. The event, "Positively Aware: 25 Years and Counting," is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. The featured ...




IMPACT seeks persons for HIV video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program—from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago—is seeking local actors and community members for HIV-awareness videos. The videos will be aimed at young, LGBT individuals with information about living with HIV. People sought are LGBTQ individuals who are 18-24 ( or able to pass for those ages ). Diversity is wanted regarding ...




Webinar focuses on Blacks and HIV - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 29, Health HIV and the Black AIDS Institute hosted a webinar on ways to involve the Black community in the discussion of HIV. The webinar consisted largely of questions posed to the Rev. Keron R. Sadler, health programs manager at the NAACP, and Pastor Darren W. Phelps, senior pastor and founder of Bethel Christian Church in Washington, D.C. ...




amfAR releases report on HIV programs for drug users - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Foundation for AIDS Research ( amfAR ) recently released a report entitled "Harm Reduction and the Global HIV Epidemic." The goals of the brief were to establish the efficacy of HIV prevention programs for people who inject drugs ( PWID ) in five selectively chosen countries around the world. amfAR undertook case studies in Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Ukraine ...




PrEP forum examines getting more physicians on board - Health-care providers, advocates and community members gathered, on Oct. 1, at University Center, 525 S. State St., to discuss both the specifics of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and the hurdles stakeholders face in making it more widely available to those who would benefit most from it. The oral medication Truvada was approved for use as a PrEP intervention in 2012. ...




GMHC welcomes W.H.O.'s guidelines on antiretroviral therapy and PrEP - From a GMHC press release - New York, New York - Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ) celebrates and welcomes the release of the World Health Organization's ( W.H.O. ) Early Release Guidelines on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) for HIV. These guidelines recommend initiating antiretroviral therapy ( ART ) in adults living with HIV, regardless of CD4 ...




HIV/AIDS Advocates: PrEP controversy makes job difficult - HIV/AIDS remains a serious problem within the LGBT community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), in 2013, "gay and bisexual men accounted for 55 percent of the estimated number of persons diagnosed with AIDS among all adults and adolescents in the United States," and "review of studies of HIV infection in countries with data ...




Tammy Baldwin introduces bill to enhance access to HIV/AIDS care - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ( HELP ) Committee, today introduced legislation aimed at strengthening our federal response to HIV/AIDS. Senator Baldwin's HIV Clinical Services Improvement Act would improve health care access by strengthening Ryan White Part C clinics to ensure these community providers have the capacity and ...




Lambda launches "Know Your Rights" hub for people living with HIV - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, September 28, 2015 ) — Today, Lambda Legal launched the newest section of its Know Your Rights information hub."Know Your Rights: HIV" provides information for people living with HIV people on topics such as disclosure and discrimination in housing, healthcare and employment. "Based on calls to our Legal Help Desk, people living with HIV still face, ...




Thousands at Chicago AIDS Run & Walk - While funds are still being solicited and collected for the 2015 Chicago AIDS Run & Walk, the event was held under beautiful skies Sept. 26 and already has raised more than $375,000. The annual event raises money in support of AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 35 HIV/AIDS beneficiaries, which receive 90 percent of the agency's fundraising. All money raised is ...




Upcoming: AIDS Run & Walk; Branden James; a-ha; Halloween - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - AIDS Run & Walk Sept. 26 at Soldier Field This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and benefiting 35 other community organizations—known as CommunityDirect partners—on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Chicago's Soldier Field at 8 a.m. This year's message is "Put your foot down." In a statement, AFC President/CEO John Peller ...




Season of Concern celebrates Biscotto-Miller Fund's 30th - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - In 1985, people were dying, and seemingly, no one was doing anything about it. The AIDS plague was ravaging the world, and arts organizations nationwide were experiencing tremendous loss as actors, writers, directors, designers, stage managers, choreographers, and musicians were taken far too soon. An entire generation of talent was lost. In the spring of that year, a group of ...




Dancing for Life - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - All of the creative arts were devastated by AIDS, with a generation of stars struck down in their prime—never to write another opera or play, sing on another stage, play another piano or organ or paint another masterpiece. The dance world was particularly hard-hit, with many gay male choreographers and dancers lost to the disease. In Chicago, one of the ...




Sloan to step down from Chicago House post in 2016 - Rev. Stan Sloan, the longtime CEO of Chicago House and Social Services Agency, will be leaving his post as of June 30, 2016. Sloan notified Chicago House board's Executive Committee on Sept. 15, and agency employees the following day. He said that he wants to give the agency time to conduct a thorough search for a new head. Sloan has ...




Positively Aware and TPAN call for all to participate in A Day with HIV - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL (September 11, 2015) — On one day, Tuesday, September 22nd, Positively Aware and TPAN are inviting everyone, regardless of HIV status, to get in the picture and participate in A Day with HIV, the magazine's sixth annual anti-stigma photo campaign. On 9/22/2015 people across the world, whether HIV-positive or negative, will visually capture and share a moment of ...




Open Door observes National HIV/AIDS and aging awareness day - From a press release - Open Door invites you to observe National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on Friday, September 18, 2015. Throughout this day, we focus on the difficulties that come along with being HIV positive in the aging community. At Open Door 39% of our clients are age over the age of 45. Although much advancement has been made, there continues to be ...




AIDS organization changes name for 'broadening' mission - AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, an organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of persons impacted by HIV/AIDS, has changed its name in order to better reflect the current scope of its services. The organization will heretofore be known as Legal Council for Health Justice ( "the Council" ), better reflecting additional initiatives that the organization has focused on recently. According ...




'Transformations' event looks at HIV within trans demo - The structural, institutional and economic realities of HIV within the transgender community were the primary focuses of the Primary Prevention Early Intervention Committee of the Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council's ( CAHISC ) "Transformation Conference," Aug. 20 at the Chicago Bar Association. The conference featured remarks by Dr. Margo Bell ( inpatient pediatric director John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital ...




No new infections in large-scale PrEP study - A California study of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) use amongst gay men—the first conducted in a clinical practice setting—showed no HIV new infections among more than 650 people who were followed for 32 months, according to researchers. The study, published Sept. 2 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, was conducted by Kaiser Permanente and tracked 657 individuals, 99 percent ...







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