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 2014-09-10
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

Current; Florentine Current;
Florentine
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from W Lakeshore's Current (680 ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

AIDS advocates praise house vote to repeal biased HIV law
From a news release
2013-03-07

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


The effort to repeal Illinois's outdated HIV principal reporting law took a major step forward this afternoon when the Illinois House of Representatives voted 61-55-1 in support of Representative La Shawn Ford's HB 61, which repeals the principal notification sections of Illinois' Sexually Transmissible Disease Control Act. The bill next moves to the Senate.

"Rep. Ford has sponsored this bill for the past five years, and his leadership and persistence have finally paid off," said Ann Fisher, executive director of AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC). "AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) are grateful for Rep. Ford's support and thank his colleagues in the House who voted for the bill."

Illinois is the only state with a law mandating that when a state or local health department receives a report of an HIV-positive student, that child's school principal must be notified. The principal then has authority to share this information with the superintendent, school nurse, classroom teacher, and "other persons as may be necessary." Recognizing the stigma involved with singling out HIV-positive students, a coalition of organizations has been working for many years to repeal this outdated, vague, and discriminatory law, with partners from the ACLU of Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Lurie Children's Hospital, and advocates throughout the state.

ALCC supervisory attorney, Colleen Boraca, stated, "Over twenty-five years after this law's passage in 1987, it is well known that HIV is not transmitted through biting, sports, or other casual contact. School personnel are trained to treat all fluids with universal precautions, further making this law unnecessary."

"Illinois has moved one step closer to parity with the other 49 states. We applaud Illinois for protecting the medical privacy of Illinois families and students affected by HIV," said Ramon Gardenhire, AFC's director of government relations. "We urge the Illinois Senate to take up this issue quickly and remove this barrier to HIV testing of youth."

Ann Fisher added that adolescents have the fastest-growing rate of new HIV infections in Illinois, but many refuse testing fearing their status will become known at their school.

The bill proceeds to the Illinois Senate, where it must be called for a final vote by the end of the legislative session on May 31, 2013.

Founded 25 years ago, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago works to preserve, promote, and protect the legal rights of men, women, children, and families in the metropolitan Chicago area impacted by HIV and AIDS. The Council provides free direct legal services to people in need, educates the public about HIV-related legal issues, and advocates for social policies that ensure fair treatment for all people affected by HIV and AIDS. www.aidslegal.com .

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. www.aidschicago.org


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.

Nat'l HIV/AIDS, Aging Awareness Day; Richmond, Va.'s, pitch 2014-09-16
Thousands run, walk to fight HIV/AIDS 2014-09-14
Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds 2014-09-10
Women's Film; Martina proposes; Sky finals; AIDS Run, Walk 2014-09-09
TPAN launches 2014's 'A Day with HIV' 2014-09-08
Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds 2014-09-07
SPORTS EVENTS AIDS Run; Race Judicata, tennis tournament 2014-09-03
HBHC responds to AHF anti-PrEP ads 2014-08-30
Lambda launches Know Your Rights At Work for LGBT, HIV+ 2014-08-27
Attendees board 'Soul Train' at ALCC event 2014-08-27
World AIDS Museum opens in Fort Lauderdale 2014-08-26
A Day with HIV, Chicago Cultural Center, Sept. 5 2014-08-24
NLGJA 2014: Health writers discuss HIV/AIDS reporting 2014-08-24
Red Pump Project talks HIV/AIDS awareness 2014-08-20
DANCE Francisco AviƱa's one-man show is about 'A.r.T.' 2014-08-19
AFC in report to UN about HIV and minorities 2014-08-13
Federal officials discuss HIV/AIDS progress 2014-08-10
HIV/AIDS, stigma fight brings lesbian couple together 2014-08-06
Mother of Ryan White to Congress: Maintain commitment 2014-07-30
Ryan White's mom's campaign; HIV removed from human cells 2014-07-30
AIDS policy listening session Aug. 5 2014-07-30
SAID tags +$500M toward creating AIDS-free generation 2014-07-27
Lambda: Stop HIV-based prosecutions due to DOJ guidance 2014-07-27
CDPH launches Project CHAT 2014 survey to inform HIV plans 2014-07-27
PrEP effective with few doses a week; no new dosing strategies 2014-07-23
Journalist Vargas detained; Lambda Legal's call 2014-07-22
Six of airliner fatalities confirmed as AIDS researchers/activists 2014-07-21
Obama praises work of AIDS researchers killed in plane crash 2014-07-18
AIDS researchers, activists reportedly among crash fatalities 2014-07-17
CDC educates on dangers of smoking for HIV+ 2014-07-16
Conflict Center to mediate for Ryan White grievances 2014-07-16
HIV cure: One step back, many paths forward 2014-07-16
Black LGBT trailblazers; Maddow talks Perry; ENDA debate 2014-07-16
Progress in four years of the National HIV/AIDS strategy 2014-07-15
An Evening of Magic July 26 to support AFC 2014-07-14
History made, honored in annual Ride For AIDS Chicago 2014-07-13
Child with HIV, once thought cured, shows re-infection signs 2014-07-11
Tim Emond returns for Ride for AIDS 2014-07-08
Love grows as lesbians fight HIV/AIDS, stigma 2014-07-08
City resolution salutes 11th annual Ride for AIDS Chicago 2014-07-07





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.

 

 

 



 

Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds
 
Pride Films, Plays' Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts
 
Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black and Jason Collins at Chicago House event
 
Roosevelt doc sidesteps Eleanor's sexuality
 
ELECTIONS 2015 Openly gay candidate challenges 35th Ward's Colon
 
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.