Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-05-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

City endorses international TasP-awareness campaign
by Matt Simonette
2017-09-28

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Chicago Department of Public Health announced on Sept. 28 that city officials were joining the international "U=U" promotional campaign aimed both at raising awareness about the effectiveness of HIV treatment and reducing stigmatization of persons with HIV/AIDS.

"U=U" is an abbreviation for "Undetectable=Untransmittable." The campaign was launched in 2016 by the Prevention Access Campaign, an international coalition of advocates and service providers which, according to its website, united "to clarify and disseminate the revolutionary but largely unknown fact that people living with HIV on effective treatment do not sexually transmit HIV."

Providers and advocates have already referred to the strategies U=U endorses as Treatment as Prevention, or TasP. Behind those strategies is the idea that infected persons with undectable viral loads both cannot transmit HIV and can enjoy good health.

CDPH Deputy Commissioner Dave Kern said that the endorsement is part of the framework of the Getting to Zero campaign the City launched Sept. 19 aimed at eliminating new HIV infections by the year 2027, and puts the city's weight behind solid scientific evidence about the effectiveness of TasP interventions.

"It will really challenge both the public-health community and health care providers to unify around this message, and begin to move away from messaging that has been inconsistent and confusing to people living with HIV," he acknowledged. "We use the science to drive our messaging and provide correct information to residents."

Kern added, "We hope it will get people living with HIV to begin anti-retroviral therapy and other therapies to keep them and their partners healthy. Persons living with HIV oftentimes live with stigma, shame and fear, and this will help reduce that, which is critical."

Agencies and providers will likely adopt the U=U messaging in marketing campaigns promoting TasP, he said, noting that the endorsement "will also allow the city to work with the partners that we currently fund to ensure that the programs and services that they are implementing also adopt this philosophy, and that the services that they are offering are also in line with this message."

Kern emphasized, however, that the TasP interventions are only applicable with HIV-prevention, not prevention of other STIs.

"As [a public-health agency], we're still concerned about rates of sexually-transmitted diseases, but we have tools and strategies for diagnosing and treating those," he explained. "We know that, while HIV is treatable, people live with the virus their entire lives, so it's critical that we not mix our messages with U=U. With the evidence that we have, we have to embrace it but still address other public-health concerns."

In a Sept. 28 statement, CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita said, "HIV treatment works. We are proud to join U=U as we continue to fight to get to zero and ensure that every Chicagoan living with HIV receives the treatment they need to keep themselves and their partners healthy."


facebook twitter pin it 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.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Lurie Children's, DCFS identifying LGBTQ youths in foster-care system 2019-05-22 - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago ( Lurie Children's ) and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( ...


Gay News

Five reasons the Gilead deal is a steaming pile of Truvada 2019-05-22 - Gilead Sciences, the pharmaceutical that makes Truvada, the only FDA-approved drug for PrEP, is having a great week in the public relations department. ...


Gay News

Author documents straight women on front lines of AIDS crisis 2019-05-21 - A new book by Chicago author Victoria Noe pays tribute to dozens of unsung heroes of the AIDS/HIV crisis, chronicling myriad contributions from ...


Gay News

Female CEOs say abortion is a right in full-page open letter in New York Times 2019-05-21 - NEW YORK — In a new full-page open letter running in today's edition of The New York Times, the CEOs and co-founders of ...


Gay News

Legislation to ensure restroom access passes Illinois House 2019-05-21 - Legislation to modernize Illinois law to ensure single-occupancy restroom facilities are designated as gender neutral passed the Illinois House of Representatives Tuesday, said ...


Gay News

Mujeres, Esperanza announce new health center in Brighton Park 2019-05-19 - Mujeres Latinas en AcciÃ"n ( Mujeres ), in partnership with Esperanza Health Centers ( Esperanza ), has now opened a new health center ...


Gay News

Youth group hosts gender-expansive services symposium 2019-05-17 - Illinois Collaboration on Youth ( ICOY ) held a day-long gender expansive services symposium May 13 at the Chicago Teachers Union. The day ...


Gay News

IDOC trans healthcare court case continues 2019-05-14 - Litigation continues in a federal lawsuit filed by five transgender Illinois prisoners who say that their healthcare is inadequate with Illinois Department of ...


Gay News

Planned Parenthood' youth-led initiative to hold day-long conference May 18 2019-05-14 - CHICAGO - Planned Parenthood of Illinois' ( PPIL ) youth-led initiative My Body. My Story. is hosting the Generation Empowered conference for young ...


Gay News

NATIONAL: Twin sons' dilemma, Center Global, risky Buttigieg comment 2019-05-14 - The Hill reported that the State Department continued an ongoing fight to require one of a gay couple's twin sons to undergo a ...


 



Copyright © 2019 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.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


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     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.