Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-04-16
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Sugar & Spice: The Dawson Sugar & Spice: The Dawson
The Dawson has everything a restaurant needs to become an instant hot ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

LGBTAs launch digital push for HIV testing day
From a press release
2013-06-21

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


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 media with the hashtag "TestMe."

"AIDS can be over, in our lifetimes. But it's only getting bigger now, and we need to change its trajectory: together and right now," said Teddy Partridge who runs the PolicyBear.com website. "Be a part of this conversation over the next nine days, won't you? Help us make this happen, please."

"It is preposterous that for far too long our movement has neglected our responsibilities to lead by example and get tested," said Gregory Varnum, development director at Equality Michigan and one of the testing initiative organizers. "The #TestMe initiative is a great example of a simple action LGBT and Ally leaders can take to show young people that we all need to know our status."

Nationwide, the CDC estimates that 1.1 million Americans are infected with HIV, and 20 percent of those infected are unaware they harbor the virus.

The issue of particular concern in the LGBT and Ally community because of recently released prevalence studies and predictions which show the current cohort of 20-year-old men who have sex with men has an overall prevalence of 10 percent, and the African American sub-cohort of 20-year-old men who have sex with men at 20 percent prevalence. The prediction from the Office of National AIDS Policy is that at current transmission trends, in 30 years, half of all men who have sex with men will be infected with HIV, while 70 percent of all black men who have sex with men will be infected.

Additionally, a 2010 study found that one in five gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in 21 U.S. cities was infected with HIV. Of those that were infected, 44 percent were unaware they were living with HIV.

A National Institutes of Health funded study has found that a person who is infected with HIV, but unaware of their infection, is 3.5 times more likely to transmit that infection.

"As part of a generation raised well after the HIV/AIDS crisis, I know that it's easy to get the false impression that the LGBT community is past that time in our history," said Adam Polaski, a NYC based writer and activist. "I'd like to see more organizations and media outlets prioritizing stories about HIV/AIDS and getting the facts out - one small part of that, maybe the first step toward this renewed community consciousness, is the #testme plan as part of National HIV Testing Day."

"HIV has never gone away, yet a whole generation—gay, bi and straight— is unaware of the consequences of infection," Lisa Derrick, a blogger with Firedoglake and the Huffington Post. "By participating in June 27th #TestMe National HIV Testing Day everyone, regardless of age or identification, can take the first step to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. And in areas where HIV testing can carry a stigma, churches, labor unions and community groups getting tested can remove the stigma. Plus, let's face it HIV can affect anyone—young, old, gay, straight or bi."

"I'm 21," says Eyad "Eddie" Alkurabi. "My generation should care about our health. Simple. Conversations about safer sex saves lives."

"#TestMe is something everyone should ask their partner to do for each other. Knowledge is power," says Seth Kaye, a Washington DC based activist.

The movement grew out of a conversation held during the Netroots Connect LGBT pre-convention. The event, now in its fifth year brings leading LGBT and Ally bloggers, journalists, activists and leaders of LGBT organizations together to discuss issues related to the community. In previous years, the event has given birth to other organizing movements like Scouts for Equality.

"The most important part of Netroots Nation Connect is the collaborations that develop at the event," says Mike Rogers, director of the program as well as managing editor of RawStory.com . "The TestMe Hashtag project continues the year tradition of frontline leaders gathering and creating change throughout the country. I am particularly proud of this year's collaboration."


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Community forum to include first person cured of HIV 2014-04-10
Photographic fundraiser to support Ride For AIDS Chicago 2014-04-02
The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience 2014-04-01
VIEWS How media criminalizes HIV and how to change it 2014-04-01
President Obama names director, Office of Nat'l AIDS Policy 2014-03-24
AFC offers guide to HIV meds in Marketplace Plans 2014-03-20
AIDS Legal Council names new executive director 2014-03-18
Registration opens for Iowa HIV is Not a Crime June 2-5 2014-03-17
TPAN has new interim CEO 2014-03-17
Strub reflects on past and present AIDS activism 2014-03-13
DIFFA holds winter ball at Center on Halsted 2014-03-12
Sean Strub to make two Chicago appearances 2014-03-12
Arizona lawmaker comes out; mag gets HIV/AIDS patient lists 2014-03-12
NMAC, women of color fight to end HIV/AIDS epidemic 2014-03-10
Iowa court hears Lambda Legal case on HIV-based conviction 2014-03-10
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10 2014-03-07
Report: Treat HIV infection without Drugs? 2014-03-07
Genetically modified cells may be effective in treating HIV 2014-03-05
HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub visiting March 12 2014-02-26
Chicago House unveiling 'The Tease' 2014-02-05
Wrapture' attendees enjoy cocktails, sneak preview 2014-01-28
TPAN refocuses, takes break from 'Chicago Takes Off' 2014-01-24
GMHC: Analysis shows budget cuts to critical AIDS programs 2014-01-22
BOOKS HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub talks 'Body Counts' 2014-01-15
PositiveSingles.com sees membership rise in Chicago 2014-01-15
TPAN kickoff event Jan. 25 2014-01-14
President Obama appoints Birx to AIDS post 2014-01-10
TPAN to host kick-off event for the Ride for AIDS Chicago 2014-01-09
Colfax leaving White House AIDS office; lesbians have quintuplets 2013-12-25
HIV policy review in Defense Authorization Bill 2013-12-20
AIDS groups ask CDC to change reporting methods 2013-12-19
TPAN receives $100,000 from Alphawood Foundation 2013-12-12
Sweet Charity: AIDS Foundation of Chicago's World of Chocolate 2013-12-11
World of Chocolate commemorates World AIDS Day 2013-12-11
Dec. 15 brunch to mark Vital Bridges' 25th anniversary 2013-12-11
TPAN looks to future with new space 2013-12-10
Vida/SIDA celebrates 25 years with gala on World AIDS Day 2013-12-03
Fashion event marks World AIDS Day 2013-12-03
AIDS: Signs of progress, but cuts create worries 2013-12-03
'Barlesque 6' raises $57K 2013-12-03





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Lady Tajma Hall dies
 
Gay-owned B&B offers warmth in Rogers Park
 
Villa Loretta adds a touch of Hollywood to weddings
 
Frankly speaking: Expert tips to plan your wedding expertly
 
Homeless agency looks at increasing needs
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.