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New AFC initiative focuses on women of color - According to a 2013 City of Chicago study, HIV-infection rates among the city's Black community are triple that of the white population. That rate is even starker considering, as the website ThinkProgress reported in March, Black women are 19 times more likely to contract HIV than their white counterparts. Project Elevate, an initiative of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( ...




CDC awards $3.8 mill to local agencies for 5 year HIV prevention partnership - From a news release - Chicago, IL ( July 23, 2015 ) — The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has awarded Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), University of Chicago Medical Center ( UCMC ) and Project VIDA with $3.8 million to help fund a new five-year collaborative HIV targeted testing program aimed at Chicago's most vulnerable populations ...




Protestors decry HIV/AIDS cuts - About 100 community members and health activists gathered in front of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago July 22 to demand that the state pass a budget that adequately funds services for those Illinoisans who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS funds have been tied up as Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly have attempted, so ...




amfAR launches comprehensive database of planned HIV/AIDS funding - From a press release - NEW YORK, July 20, 2015 — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced the beta launch of its PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Plan database, a comprehensive, navigable database of PEPFAR's planned funding of HIV/AIDS activities from 2007 to 2014. The database was unveiled at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention ( IAS 2015 ) ...




Chicago House awarded comprehensive federal HIV grant - Chicago House and Social Service Agency has been awarded a comprehensive five-year, $3.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] to deliver HIV prevention and treatment strategies for both persons with HIV/AIDS and individuals at the greatest risk for infection. The initiative, named the Targeted HIV Testing and Enhanced Connect2Care Project, aims at reducing new infections ...




Man gets 30 years for HIV exposure - In Missouri, former college wrestler Michael Johnson, 23, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for allegedly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others, according to STLToday.com. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham, who issued the sentence, told Johnson, "The main thing is the profound effect your actions have had on the victims ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to support 36 HIV/AIDS groups - From a press release - CHICAGO — "Put your foot down." That's the message behind 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 Sept. 26 at Chicago's Soldier Field. "We want supporters to put their foot down and make a difference in this ...




Man gets 30 years for HIV exposure - In Missouri, former college wrestler Michael Johnson, 23, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for allegedly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others, according to STLToday.com. St. Charles County Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham, who issued the sentence, told Johnson, "The main thing is the profound effect your actions have had on the victims ...




HIV doctors, lawyers, community call for reform of Missouri HIV law - From a Center for HIV Law and Policy press release - Members of the medical and legal community joined HIV activists today in expressing outrage at the 30 year sentence imposed on a Black Missouri college student and star wrestler following his conviction under the state law that makes it a felony for people diagnosed with HIV to have sexual contact without documenting they disclosed their HIV status. The student, Michael ...




Smithsonian adds AIDS research pioneer Krim's portrait - The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has added two portraits of AIDS research pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim to its collection, according to a press release. The two portraits of Dr. Krim include an Annie Leibovitz's portrait in which Dr. Krim wears a looped AIDS-awareness pin on her jacket's lapel. The other portrait is Joyce Tenneson's photograph where Dr. ...




PrEP advocates respond to AHF ads - Officials from local HIV/AIDS organizations and other advocates spoke out against an anti-PrEP ( Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ) advertisement, paid for by Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ), that ran in gay media outlets, including Windy City Times, the week of June 15. The ad, headlined The War Against Prevention, is an "advertorial" penned by AHF head Michael Weinstein ...




Zachary Quinto Joins Foundation for a National AIDS Monument Board - From a press release - ( WEST HOLLYWOOD ) — June 10, 2015 — The Foundation for a National AIDS Monument ( 501c3 ) today announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Actor and activist Zachary Quinto has joined the Board, as has William Morris Endeavor Board Member Mark Itkin and marketing executive Tom Whitman, all of whom add a wealth of knowledge, ...




Free HIV testing June 14 - Free and confidential HIV testing will be offered June 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Covenant MCC, 9145 Grant St. Brookfield, , IL. Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago's West Side. WWW.PROJECTVIDA.ORG ...




Open Door to hold Grand Opening of Elgin Health Center - From a press release - Open Door will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new Elgin Health Center at 1665 Larkin Ave., Elgin on June 18th with a ribbon cutting, interactive tours and refreshments from 5-7pm. Purchased last year, Open Door spent six month renovating the 8,900 sq. foot building to include 8 exam rooms, 6 case managers offices and a behavioral health therapy and ...




Study to look at quality of life for older, rural HIV-positive adults - From a press release - The Medical College of Wisconsin's ( MCW ) Center for AIDS Intervention and Research has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging to determine the factors among older, rural HIV-positive adults that contribute to that group's mortality rates. Andrew Petroll, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry and behavioral medicine at ...




Chicago House, Center on Halsted deny merger talks - Following community rumors of a possible merger between the Chicago House and Center on Halsted, officials from both organizations denied such a merger was in the works. Rev. Stan Sloan, CEO of Chicago House, acknowledged that "informal discussions" had taken place in the past, but said that nothing was planned. Sloan told Windy City Times that, since some work that ...




Harmony, AFC bring awareness to testing, treatment, holistic health needs - From a press release - In advance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2015, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is pleased to announce a community outreach partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The campaign, "Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV," aims to build awareness of HIV ...




Daylong summit to focus on long-term HIV/AIDS survivors - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) and Positively Aware will host a day-long summit for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, "The Reunion Project: Chicago," Friday, June 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Center on Halsted. The organizer of the summit is Jeff Berry, director of publications for TPAN and editor-in-chief of Positively Aware, TPAN's HIV-treatment journal of TPAN. In his ...




Missouri HIV case gets national attention - In Missouri, a former college student has been found guilty of exposing one of his sex partners to HIV as well as attempting to expose four others to the virus. Prosecutors said ex-Lindenwood University student Michael Johnson, 23, allegedly continued to hook up with various men, and even reportedly lied to them when asked about his HIV status. Felony charges ...




Gay HIV-positive singer lives life out loud - As a back-up vocalist, out singer/songwriter Billy Newton-Davis has worked with Gloria Gaynor. As a Broadway performer, he has appeared in shows such as Eubie! and Bubbling Brown Sugar. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the Canadian resident is a four-time Juno Award-winning—Canada's version of the Grammys—R&B and house music artist. Diagnosed with HIV in 1986, Newton-Davis lives his life on his ...




AFC marks thirty years of action - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) transformed the ballrooms of the Chicago Hilton into a crimson Arcadia on May 16 as the organization's gala celebrated thirty years of relentless action which has led to once believed as impossible dreams realized and the ability to look ahead to the most coveted goal of all—the eradication of the spread of ...




Black gay man found guilty by Missouri jury of "recklessly infecting" - From press releases - National HIV experts say conviction out of touch with current science and HIV prevention strategies Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director of The Center for HIV Law and Policy and an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in HIV legal and policy work, said: - "Michael Johnson's conviction for exposing one of his sex partners to HIV ...




HIV guide targets high numbers of new infections - From a press release - WASHINGTON - On May 6, just hours after Grammy Award-winning music legend Elton John urged Congress to bolster its fight against AIDS, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, in collaboration with AIDS United, released a guide on HIV prevention and care, as well as a unique online Q&A feature. This new resource is supported in part by a ...




Spring brunch gets in 'Vogue' - On May 3, Chicago House & Social Services held its annual spring brunch in the Winter Garden Ballroom at the Harold Washington Library-and it was all about celebrating the agency's 30 years of service. Spring fashion was in the air as guests came dressed in their better than Sunday's best ready to enjoy an afternoon of great food, mimosas, bloody ...




Bill to reduce HIV testing barriers advances - A bill that HIV/AIDS advocates and service providers say would significantly reduce the barriers to testing passed the Illinois House April 23 and has been referred to the State Senate's Committee on Public Health. HB 1004 makes changes in the AIDS Confidentiality Act to better address a patient's consent process, allowing providers to shift from an "opt-in" process, wherein patients ...




Chicago Red Dress Party readdresses HIV/AIDS awareness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It wasn't about who wore the dress best, as guests were all wrapped in red at the Chicago Red Dress Party on April 18 at Moonlight Studios. The Chicago Red Dress Party is a fundraiser dedicated to creating and maintaining HIV/AIDS awareness and visibility while building a strong, unified LGBT and allied community. With Equality Project Inc. presenting, men and ...




AFC: Rauner gets failing grades on HIV/AIDS issues - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), on April 20, issued what officials called a "report card" on Gov. Bruce Rauner's work on HIV/ AIDS issues during first 100 days in office. The document listed six different aspects of HIV/AIDS care for which the Rauner administration must be responsible, and gave F's in all but one. AFC has been aggressively ...




Monthly 'Positive Thoughts' HIV/AIDS column launched - From a Q Syndicate press release - Q Syndicate announces the launch of a new column, "Positive Thoughts," a partnership with four of the leading HIV/AIDS resources across the country. Editors of HIV Plus, Positively Aware, POZ and The Body will, on an alternating cycle, contribute monthly columns to the international LGBT service via QSyndicate.com beginning April 20. With a focus on the latest issues and trends ...




HIV/AIDS advocates ready for budget fight - Illinois health advocates have faced budget crises before, but rarely have circumstances seemed as dire as they do now, with service providers and advocates rallying against proposed cuts to the state's Health and Human Services budget. "It seems like we've been doing this every year," said Daniel Frey, director of government relations for AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) ...




AFC hosts first-ever virtual advocacy day - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) hosted its first ever virtual advocacy day March 18. The day featured a webinar ( "Unpacking the budget: How cuts to Medicaid and HIV funding impacts Illinois" ), legislator outreach and a Twitter chat. AFC's Virtual Advocacy Day was held in response to the budget ( FY16 which runs from July 1, ...




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 AlexJ.Segneri, executive director atFoundation 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 ...







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