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 2014-12-17
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 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

Sponsor
March, vigil stress that sex workers' lives matter, too March, vigil stress that sex workers' lives matter, too
Sex workers and their allies gathered to celebrate life and remember lives ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

AFC partners with Abbott on Need2Know HIV testing campaign
2012-12-04

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


The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) marked World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) by announcing a new campaign called Need2Know HIV, an initiative to educate people about the importance of HIV testing.

Partnering with health care company Abbott, AFC is using social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to increase awareness and encourage conversation about testing. The campaign continues through the month.

Need2Know HIV highlights the importance of diagnosing HIV in its earliest stages, as well as ongoing viral load molecular testing for those living with HIV, according to a press release.

Interested persons can visit www.aidschicago.org or AFC's Facebook page.

AFC News Release>

More than 20,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago — three times the national prevalence rate.

In some Chicago neighborhoods, HIV rates have climbed to a staggering 53 percent in recent years.

That's why the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is marking this World AIDS Day by announcing a new campaign called Need2Know HIV, an initiative to educate people about the importance of HIV testing.

In partnership with Abbott, a Chicago-headquartered global health care company, AFC is using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to increase awareness and encourage conversation about testing. The campaign began on World AIDS Day, December 1, and continues through the month.

What sets Need2Know HIV apart from other HIV testing campaigns? It highlights the importance of diagnosing HIV in its earliest stages, as well as ongoing viral load molecular testing for those living with HIV.

Unfortunately, many HIV-positive people are not diagnosed in the early phase of the disease — when they are most contagious — and unknowingly spread the virus to others. Testing is critical to stopping the spread of HIV, though many people are not getting tested and may not realize significant advances in testing technology that are now available.

"It's simple: we can't end AIDS without a stronger commitment to HIV testing, and that starts with educating people about the importance of testing to know their status and manage HIV," said David Ernesto Munar, AFC president/CEO.

People can show their support and educate others by visiting and "liking" the Need2Know HIV campaign on Facebook, Munar said.

New diagnostic testing allows individuals to know within two weeks of exposure if they are infected. The newest HIV combo tests can detect both antigens (the actual HIV virus) and antibodies to HIV (the body's response to fight the virus). HIV combo tests allow people to know their status weeks sooner than they potentially could with traditional antibody-only HIV tests.

For those individuals who live with HIV, monitoring the disease plays a key role in their overall treatment. Ongoing viral load molecular tests help patients and their health care providers monitor the response of the virus to antiretroviral drug treatments, helping to guide treatment decisions.

Earlier detection provides information to help people make decisions that may reduce risky behavior. It also allows people who are HIV positive to start on antiretroviral therapy sooner, which benefits long-term health and may also reduce HIV transmission rates by 96 percent.

"For nearly 30 years, Abbott has been committed to fighting HIV by developing important tests and therapies for patients," said Brian Blaser, executive vice president, Diagnostics Products, Abbott. "Our commitment to HIV continues today as we partner together to launch efforts such as Need2Know HIV to help educate people about the critical role testing can play in stemming the tide of this virus."

People can learn more by visiting the aidschicago.org/i-need-hiv-testing and Facebook page.

Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a catalyst for local, national, and international action against HIV/AIDS.


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.

AFC webinar shows other PrEP methods may join Truvada 2014-12-17
LoBianco now at Chicago House 2014-12-17
World: London mayoral candidate; UKIP situation; Jamaican pastor 2014-12-17
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL HIV status and employment discrimination 2014-12-17
Legislators to HHS: End blood donation policy, go to risk-based policy 2014-12-15
Report: New HIV diagnoses in Chicago falling 2014-12-10
AFC document sums up PrEP costs on marketplace 2014-12-10
VIEWS World AIDS Day and my community's ongoing struggle 2014-12-10
HIV-positive beauty queen discusses journey 2014-12-09
World news: HIV poll; Disney art project; Putin's claim 2014-12-09
AFC announces 18 grant recipients 2014-12-05
Vida/SIDA marks World AIDS Day with vigil, dinner 2014-12-04
Runway show marks World AIDS Day 2014-12-04
Illinois health dept. discusses plans for PrEP assistance 2014-12-04
News: India jails trans; Obama on AIDS; 2015 aging confab here 2014-12-03
Coming up: Homeless LGBT youth panel; World AIDS Day at Center 2014-12-03
On World AIDS Day, Lambda calls for end to HIV criminalization 2014-12-02
Providers ask for public's help in restoring HIV/AIDS funds 2014-12-01
Advocates plan for local PrEP push 2014-12-01
World AIDS Day proclamation by President Obama 2014-11-28
Having HIV/AIDS: Fighting stigma 2014-11-26
Chicagoans among POZ 100 youth 2014-11-26
AFC prepares for World of Chocolate 2014-11-26
Smithsonian Channel looks at origins of AIDS Dec. 1 2014-11-25
Chicago prepares for World AIDS Day 2014-11-24
Congresswoman's trans son; HRC co-founder arrested 2014-11-24
Oldest, biggest HIV/AIDS coalition wants scale-up of PrEP; AFC leads locally 2014-11-24
AFC prepares for 30th anniversary 2014-11-20
VIEWS Stigma continues with new HIV-criminalization case 2014-11-19
Chicagoans among POZ 100 youth 2014-11-18
New study: HIV up among Black gay men, gaps in access 2014-11-17
AFC gets ACA grant 2014-11-12
VIEWS Surely, Jesus wants us to aim for church, not cult 2014-11-11
Conference 'shines' light on potential end of HIV tunnel 2014-11-11
AFC funded to help Affordable Care Act signups 2014-11-07
Elton John AIDS Foundation to fund transgender HIV project 2014-11-07
AFC congratulates the governor-elect, urges policy, funding continuity 2014-11-05
VIEWS Echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola 2014-11-04
French PrEP study suggests "on-demand" dosages may be effective 2014-10-30
Season of Concern awards to feature Rondi Reed, John Mahoney 2014-10-28





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.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

No SCOTUS stay, same-sex marriages to begin in Florida Jan. 6
 
Myles Brady: Howard Brown's first transgender outreach coordinator
 
National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban
 
March, vigil stress that sex workers' lives matter, too
 
TRAVEL Adults-only spots in Cancun
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 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.