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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




TPAN's 'HOTTER' program seeks enrollees - Healthy Outcomes through Treatment, Empowerment, and Recovery ( HOTTER ), a program with the HIV/AIDS agency Test Positive Aware Network, is looking for new enrollees. The program is for African-American MSM ( men who have sex with men ) 18-29 who have substance-use and/or mental-health issues, and are at risk for either contracting or transmitting HIV/AIDS. Among other things, HOTTER ...




HIV network expands website's reach - Illinois HIV Care Connect announced the launch of English and Spanish mobile versions of its website ( www.hivcareconnect.com ), making access to treatment-related information easier for today's HIV-positive population, according to Business Wire. Illinois HIV Care Connect is a statewide network providing medical case management, health care and support services to people living with HIV. In August, the statewide program ...




The little red ribbon that changed the world - WORLD AIDS DAY 2013 - The story originally posted at this link incorrectly traced the origin of the Red Ribbon. For a history of the symbol, see "AIDS Red ribbon symbolizes AIDS fight" at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/AIDS-Red-ribbon-symbolizes-AIDS-fight/31635.html . For more about the Red Ribbon, see: www.visualaids.org/events/detail/red-ribbon#.Updi4mTuWPU . ...




Group advocates for HIV services for trans individuals - WORLD AIDS DAY 2013 - In 2002, Joy Morris, a Chicago transgender woman living with HIV, had an epiphany and founded TransActions, an organization that lobbies and advocates for HIV services for transgender people at both the local and national levels. "God told me to get up and pick up my cross, and that he had my back." She remembered from her bed at Kindred ...




'AIDS diva' Lewis-Thornton on her life and activismWORLD AIDS DAY 2013 - WORLD AIDS DAY 2013 Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rae Lewis-Thornton, a self-described "diva living with AIDS," was diagnosed with HIV in 1986 during a routine blood drive and since then has become an Emmy-winning AIDS activist/motivational speaker. In a December 1994 cover story in Essence Magazine, Thornton became the first African-American woman ( she is heterosexual ) to tell her story of living with HIV/AIDS. She has since ...




POZ Magazine honors Garofalo, Menard, Schoettes - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Division Head of Adolescent Medicine Robert Garofalo; AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Vice President of Operations Tom Menard; and Lambda Legal HIV Project Director Scott Schoettes are among the individuals named to POZ magazine's fourth annual "POZ 100" list. POZ is a print and online brand for people living with and ...




Ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate new TPAN space Dec. 3 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( November 25, 2013 ) — Chicago Aldermen James Cappelman ( 46th Ward ) and Harry Osterman ( 48th Ward ) will cut the ceremonial red ribbon for TPAN's new Uptown office space at 5050 N. Broadway, Suite 300 on Tuesday, December 3rd at 5 P.M. The new office is more spacious, allowing the agency to better serve ...




World AIDS Day events - A number of local organizations have events planned to commemorate World AIDS Day. All events take place on Sun., Dec. 1, unless otherwise noted. AIDS Foundation of Chicago hosts its annual World of Chocolate celebration at Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6. Union Station's Great Hall will be transformed into a decadent adventure of ...




World AIDS Day at Center on Halsted - CHICAGO — Over 34 million individuals across the globe are living with HIV and over 25 million individuals across the globe have passed away from AIDS-related complications from HIV. For the past 25 years, a community of activists, artists, and supporters has gathered on December 1, to remember those who have gone before us and lend support to those who ...




HOPE Act passes; AFC lauds development - The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity ( HOPE ) Act, a measure that allows individuals with HIV to receive organs from other HIV-positive donors, according to The Plain Dealer. In June, the Senate passed the act, which eliminates longstanding regulations prohibiting the procurement of organs from HIV-positive people. President Barack Obama is expected to ...




Hilborn to leave Chicago House, reflects fondly - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It all started on the beach back in June, 2002. Jeremy Hilborn met Stan Sloan on the beach in Chicago and then, coincidentally, was volunteering to do media relations work that same evening at the HRC Gala. Hilborn, who hails from north suburban Deerfield, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 with a degree in journalism and ...




POZ magazine looks at unsung heroes fighting AIDS - From a POZ press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 18, 2013 — POZ magazine, an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, today announced the fourth annual POZ 100. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate an HIV-positive person in their community who is an unsung hero in the fight against AIDS. For the first time, the ...




Miss Universe co-host on Russia's law; ARV risk in South Africa - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts co-hosted the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow after Bravo exec Andy Cohen stepped down—and made his thoughts known on Russia's anti-gay law, according to Mediaite.com. On the show's red carpet, Roberts said, "I know the law is very vague and still hard to interpret for many people, but it is discrimination and that's definitive." ...




Website seeks stories, advice for those newly HIV positive - From a press release - The HealthLine website, www.healthline.com, recently partnered with the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation ( TRBF ) to launch "You've Got This" - a video campaign that encourages HIV patients to give hope and advice to the recently diagnosed. For every video created, Healthline will donate $10 to the TRBF towards finding a cure. Initial participants include Jack Mackenroth, Olympian Ji Wallace, ...




Test Positive Aware Network offices move - Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) has moved to its new offices at 5050 N. Broadway, Suite 300. It had previously been at 5537 N. Broadway for more than 10 years. The square footage of the new office is 25-percent larger ( 11,500 sq. ft. ) and the space for client services has nearly doubled in size. The phone ...




Activist, advocate continues legacy in D.C. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Historical context and brutal honesty about her own personal struggles have always been an important part of Ruby Corado's advocacy. The HIV/AIDS epidemic was in full swing when she moved to D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood in 1992. LGBT Washingtonians remained susceptible to harassment and other forms of discrimination, even though the city's Human Rights Act already included sexual orientation—but not ...




NAACP offers trainings on HIV/AIDS to church leaders - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( NAACP ) on Oct. 10 held a training session for Chicago-area senior church leaders wishing to educate their parishioners about HIV education and screening. The session was held at U.S. Bank, 815 W. 63rd St., and was attended by about 35 participants. The program was the latest part of a multi-tiered ...




Center on Halsted offers biggest-ever day of Latino AIDS awareness - by Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer - According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 20 percent of new HIV infections and 17 percent of reported cases in Chicago. More than one-half of HIV-infected young people in the United States have never received a test for the virus and, in 2011, an estimated 21 percent of Latino HIV-infected ...




National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) in Chicago - From a press release - Join Center on Halsted in celebrating National Latino AIDS Awareness Day ( NLAAD ) on Thursday, Oct. 17th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign to unite the Hispanic/Latino community to raise awareness of HIV, promote HIV testing, prevention and education, in addition to other critical health issues. Center on Halsted will ...




AIDS Cure Day: Small teaching workshops on AIDS research - From a press release - ( PHILADELPHIA ) The AIDS Policy Project has declared the first annual AIDS Cure Day for Saturday, October 5, 2013. The past few years have seen major breakthroughs in the search for a cure for AIDS, with 19 people identified as either cured or in "remission" at major medical meetings such as the July, 2013 International AIDS Conference in Kuala ...




Iowa Court affirms conviction of man with HIV - From a press release - Today the Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison and required to register as a sex offender after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom. "We're extremely disappointed that the Iowa Court of Appeals is allowing Mr. Rhoades's ...




TPAN's CEO Farrand out, Berry to be interim CEO - The Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) Board of Directors announces the resignation of Bill Farrand as Chief Executive Officer of TPAN. Farrand resigned from his position on Friday, September 27 for both personal and professional reasons. The Board thanks Farrand for his seven years of service to TPAN which have been a period of growth and an increased ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago photo coverage - 3,500 take part - They tied up their shoelaces, hydrated and did the proper stretches and then, with the blast of the air horn, more than 3,500 Chicago runners and walkers took action in the fight against HIV/AIDS with the 12th annual AIDS Run and Walk Chicago at Soldier Field on Sept. 28. More than 4,500 people were in attendance at AIDS Foundation of ...




Groups recommit to fighting HIV/AIDS - From a press release - Washington, DC — On Sept. 27, in support of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, hundreds of organizations and individuals have signed onto a joint letter ( http://www.wethelgbt.org ) to re-engage with the broader LGBT community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), gay men, bisexual men, and men who ...




Center offering testing Sept. 26 - In observance of National Gay Men's HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, Sept. 26, Center on Halsted's HIV services team will provide free, onsite rapid walk-in HIV testing and linkage to care and other supportive services. The event will take place 5 p.m. to midnight at the marketing table located in the main lobby of Center on Halsted, 3656 ...




Legislators respond to blood-donation letter - U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a statement in response to a letter from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the department's ongoing efforts to re-evaluate blood-donation criteria for men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a press ...




TPAN has new offices - From a press release - Chicago, Illinois, October 1, 2013—As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) has moved to its new offices located at 5050 N. Broadway St., Suite 300. To better serve our clients, TPAN has relocated to a more spacious office in the building previously occupied by Aon in the Uptown neighborhood after having occupied the space at 5537 ...




AIDS Foundation of Chicago reports on housing, health - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently published a report that details a cutting-edge plan to house and better coordinate health care for people who are homeless, diagnosed with at least one severe mental illness, and have a history of alcohol or substance use. Under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Chicago Community Consortium (SCCC), ...




AIDS Run & Walk set for Sept. 28 - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has announced that registration is open for the 2013 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, at Soldier Field. This year's event, produced by AFC and Special Events Management, will raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. There are approximately 46,000 people living with HIV in Illinois. ...




Theology professor dismissed for coming out as transgender - From a Soulforce press release - Last week, H. Adam Ackley, a theology professor at Azusa Pacific University, was encouraged to resign after 15 years of distinguished service to the school when he told administrators that he was transgender. The school is an evangelical Christian university outside of Los Angeles that Soulforce has visited on its Equality Ride, and has worked with students at the school ...




Free walk-in HIV testing for Nat'l Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - From a press release - In observance of National Gay Men's HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, Center on Halsted's HIV services team will provide free, onsite rapid walk-in HIV testing and linkage to care and other supportive services. The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. to midnight at the marketing table located in the main lobby of Center on ...




Senior HIV/AIDS day at Center Sept. 17 - From a press release - Chicago, Ill —In observance of National HIV, AIDS & Aging Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the HIV services team at Center on Halsted will provide free, rapid HIV testing, linkage to care and other support services for Seniors (ages 55+) and their loved ones. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor ...




HIV-fighting groups learn to navigate health care reform - AFC announces participants in Sustainable Strategy Program - From a press release CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to announce that Howard Brown Health Center, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Mount Sinai Hospital, Project VIDA, and South Side Help Center will participate in its Sustainable Strategy Program, an intensive workshop series that will teach leaders how to sustain their organizations' work through the changing ...




CeCe Peniston to perform at 2013 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is thrilled to announce CeCe Peniston as the entertainment for this year's AIDS Run & Walk, which will be held at Soldier Field on Saturday, September 28. Peniston is a major recording artist who has been producing soulful, dance-flavored R&B since 1990. Among those who have personally requested her to perform are ...




A Day with HIV: Photographic tapestry of life with HIV - Positively Aware magazine with Mondo Guerra, David France, Duane Cramer - From a press release CHICAGO, IL. (September 5, 2013) — Fashion designer and HIV advocate Mondo Guerra and others are joining forces with Positively Aware for the magazine's annual A Day with HIV photo essay campaign. For the fourth year, A Day with HIV will help fight the stigma of HIV and advance a community of caring through this collective ...




Immigration victory for HIV positive transgender Latina - From a Center for HIV Law and Policy press release - New York, NY — August 16, 2013. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has reversed an immigration judge's decision that an HIV positive immigrant charged with prostitution poses a sufficiently serious danger to the community to warrant deportation. The BIA's decision came several weeks after The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of ...




AFC has new Senior VP; names Director of Housing Subsidiary - From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is thrilled to welcome Simone Koehlinger to its leadership staff as Senior Vice President of Programs. Koehlinger started at AFC earlier this month and brings over 20 years of experience to the role. As the former Director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health at the Chicago Department of ...




Bureau County settles HIV medication lawsuit - A man who was detained for a week without his HIV medication in Illinois has settled a federal lawsuit against the Bureau County Sheriff's Office, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois has announced. Arick Buckles, a Chicago-based HIV/AIDS advocate, was detained in Princeton, Ill. three years ago on a forgery warrant dating back to 2003. Despite his repeated ...




CT UP Protests NYC Dept of Health Press Release - Based on an ACT UP press release - NEW YORK CITY — AUGUST 13, 2013 — The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/New York (ACT UP/NY) and its allies will hold a demonstration at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) on Thursday, August 15 to protest recent funding cuts to the city's post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) program, a lack of awareness campaigns and availability ...




Sean Sasser dies - Statement of Douglas M. Brooks, Chair of AIDS United's Board of Trustees: - "On behalf of the AIDS United Board of Trustees, Staff and Public Policy Committee I want to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to our colleague and friend Michael J. Kaplan on the loss of his spouse Sean Franklin Sasser. Sean passed away on August 7 at age 44 after a brief but difficult battle with mesothelioma, a rare form ...




Positively Aware Magazine special issue on PrEP now available - A special issue of Positively Aware magazine focusing on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for helping to prevent HIV is now available, both in print and online at positivelyaware.com . The 24-page issue was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc. PrEP is when medicines are used before possible exposures to HIV to prevent infection. Truvada, originally approved to ...




FDA OKs rapid diagnostic test for HIV-1 antigen, HIV-1/2 antibodies - From a press release - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first rapid Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test for the simultaneous detection of HIV-1 p24 antigen as well as antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 in human serum, plasma, and venous or fingerstick whole blood specimens. Approved for use as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 and HIV-2 infection, the Alere ...




Quigley among those addressing blood ban - U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) as well as U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) jointly sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting information on the ongoing efforts by HHS to re-evaluate blood donation criteria for men who have sex with men ...




Renewed commitment to an AIDS-free future - It's hard to believe we've been fighting AIDS for more than 30 years. I remember the early days; there was no name, let alone test, for HIV. Tireless research efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease were followed by painful periods of diminished hope before reaching our current state of optimism. Treatment advances that began in the late 1980s ...




Visas for same-sex couples; Colorado's first same-sex divorce - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States will immediately begin issuing immigrant visas to same-sex couples, according to Politico.com. Speaking at the U.S. Embassy in London, Kerry said the applications will be given the same consideration as heterosexual couples. As long as the marriage is valid in the jurisdiction, either U.S. or foreign country where it took ...




Quigley pushes to lift gay blood donor ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL), U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Aug. 2 requesting information on the ongoing efforts by HHS to reevaluate blood donation criteria for men who have sex with men (MSM). ...




Volunteers still needed for Ride for AIDS, July 13-14 - From a press release - Ride for AIDS Chicago (RFAC) is a two-day, 200-mile bicycling event produced by TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network.) This year is on track to surpass 2012's record breaking fundraising total of $640,000. RFAC is TPAN's largest single fundraiser of the year, raising critical unrestricted funds for HIV programs and services at TPAN and its community partners. RFAC's mission is to ...




Gay pastors talk HIV/AIDS at MCC Conference 2013 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HIV and AIDS: Keeping the Promise and Making the Connections was the topic of a panel discussion by four openly gay pastors at the Believe Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) 25th General Conference at the Fairmont Hotel July 5. Rev. Renee McCoy, assistant director of prevention education at Lifelong AIDS Alliance and member of MCC's public policy team; Rev. Jim Merritt, ...




AIDSVu maps HIV in America - From a press release - ATLANTA, June 27, 2013 — The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University launched its annual update of AIDSVu, including new interactive online maps that show the latest HIV prevalence data for 20 U.S. cities by ZIP code or census tract. AIDSVu also includes new city snapshots displaying HIV prevalence alongside various social determinants of health — such as ...




GUEST COLUMN: HIV gay again - On Dec. 19, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report, "Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2007-2010." To gay readers who'd lived through the AIDS epidemic, the document presented a landscape eerily like the early plague years, when AIDS was a gay disease. In 2010, 66 percent of new HIV infections, 31,800, were in ...




Stem-cell transplants working in two HIV patients - From an amfAR press release - NEW YORK, July 3, 2013 — Dr. Timothy Henrich of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston today reported on the case of two HIV-positive patients who show no trace of virus following stem-cell transplants. The findings were presented at the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The patients ...




Ride for AIDS Chicago July 13-14 - Ride for AIDS Chicago—a two-day, 200-mile, bicycling event produced by Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) and designed to raise needed monies for TPAN and Community Partners—will take place July 13-14. The ride starts in the morning (4:30 a.m.) and goes into Wisconsin, along the shores of Lake Geneva and then into our camp on Green Lake, part of the Lauderdale ...




ACT UP NY declares 'HIV emergency' at NYC Pride - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY — JUNE 28, 2013 — The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) will march at the NYC Pride Parade this Sunday, June 30, to declare an HIV prevention emergency. New statistics released by the CDC confirm that more than half of young gay men or MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender women may ...




Quigley helps to increase HOPWA funds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) announced that the Appropriations Committee had passed their amendment to the annual Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill, which would increase funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program by $3 million, according to RealEstateRama.com. "The security HOPWA provides to vulnerable families is a ...




HIV/AIDS advocates mark nat'l testing day - AIDS advocates from around the country recognized National HIV Testing Day June 27, and Chicago was no exception. Local service providers and advocates with the Chicagoland National HIV Testing Collaborative hosted a free testing event June 27 outside the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The day marked the final event of the group's "Step Up, Get Tested" ...




AFC, Rand release antiretroviral report - RAND Europe and AIDS Foundation of Chicago have released a report that stresses that, in order to make an impact on new HIV infections globally, antiretroviral (ARV)-based HIV prevention strategies need to be closely tailored to local contexts and cultures. Mapping Pathways is a community-led research project on the strategic use of ARV drugs for HIV prevention, involving RAND Europe, ...




Forget the 'Berlin Patient' and meet Timothy Ray Brown - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Timothy Ray Brown didn't seek fame. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Brown, originally from Seattle, Washington, was enjoying his youth—meeting friends, experiencing life via various sexual partners, making his way through university—when the unthinkable happened. He contracted the HIV virus. Surely you've heard of Brown. No? Let's try another name: the "Berlin Patient." Now have you heard of ...




HHS Secretary statement on National HIV Testing Day 2013 - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius statement for National HIV Testing Day 2013: Do you know your HIV status? On June 27, the nation will observe the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day. This year's theme is "Take the Test. Take Control." HIV testing is so important because it gives you the information you need to make good decisions about your ...




Chicago House holds birdhouse auction - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago House & Social Services Agency helped launched Pride week June 20 with its annual birdhouse auction and cocktail party. It was a silent auction night as attendees bid on birdhouses and works of art placed all over the interior design retail store. Marc "Moose" Moder manned the turntables as donors sipped Absolut cocktails and enjoyed food from J&L Catering. ...




LGBTAs launch digital push for HIV testing day - From a press release - SAN JOSE, Calif. — A group of LGBT and Ally bloggers, activists and community leaders announced Thursday June 20, 2013 that they were launching a new digital initiative to encourage HIV testing in the United States. The project is titled "Test Me," and will encourage every American to be tested on June 27 and to share their experience on social ...




AIDS report: HIV prevention and antiretroviral strategies - From a press release - June 19, 2013 — To make an impact on new HIV infections globally, antiretroviral (ARV)-based HIV prevention strategies need to be closely tailored to local contexts and cultures, according to a new report released today by RAND Europe and AIDS Foundation of Chicago. "'Mapping Pathways: Developing Evidence-Based, People-Centred Strategies for the Use of Antiretrovirals as Prevention' [available by open access ...




Hillary Clinton at Chicago House event - The fifth anniversary of the Chicago House Speaker Series will feature former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The event will be Wed., Sept. 18, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Former speakers have included Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, actress/talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg, fashion designer Kenneth Cole and ex-Secretary of State ...







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