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  NATIONAL Autistic trans guide, trans death, AIDS Quilt, intersex study

The National LGBTQ Task Force and the AWNNetwork released a collaborative guide, "Before You Go: Know Your Rights & What to Expect at the Doctor and in the Hospital"—a groundbreaking first-of-its-kind publication filled with tips and ...




  TPAN names Colleen O'Neill as its new CEO

TPAN has announced the hiring of Colleen O'Neill as its new CEO to assist in empowering the organization to continue to provide care and far-reaching education to people affected by HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and all related issues, ...




  Nat'l AIDS Memorial to launch 50-state AIDS Memorial Quilt Virtual Exhibition

--From a press release

SAN FRANCISCO (October 9, 2020) — The National AIDS Memorial is announcing a virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) that will feature more than 10,000 Quilt panels representing all 50 state and U.S. ...




  PASSAGES Timothy Ray Brown, who was cured of HIV, dies of cancer at 54

After a five-month battle with leukemia, Timothy Ray Brown—publicized as the first known person to be cured of HIV, and also known by many as "The Berlin Patient"—has died of cancer, according to the International AIDS ...




  NBJC releases statement on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In honor of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Sept. 27), the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released a statement: "Today is a day to celebrate that HIV is no longer the death sentence it once ...




  AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns with reformatted 2020 event

AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has been reformatted and expanded so community members can participate in the fundraiser while still social-distancing and adhering to public-safety guidelines. While an event at Soldier ...




  Chicago House moves central hub

Chicago House—founded in September 1985 as an organization committed to providing a home to individuals dying of HIV—has relocated its central hub to the South Loop, at 2229 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 304. The central hub ...




  WORLD Tom of Finland, India items, Denmark legislation, PrEP study

The works of the iconic Finnish artist Tom of Finland will be exhibited in Japan for the first time ever, a press release noted. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Finnish Institute ...




  Open House Chicago taking place Oct. 16-25

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) announced the return of Open House Chicago (OHC) for a 10th consecutive year. It will take place Oct. 16-25, and the festival has been reconfigured for both in-person and remote attendance. ...




  NATIONAL Streisand/Summer, HIV treatment, Alex Morse, Barney Frank

MeidasTouch, a progressive Democratic political action group, teamed with the LGBTQ voting initiative Vote Proud for their latest video, titled "Enough Is Enough," Billboard noted. The video focuses on rallying queer people to vote by pointing ...




  INT'L AIDS CONFERENCE: HIV research informing COVID-19 vaccine development

Journalist Lisa Ling hosted the second season premiere of "The Road to a Vaccine," which was a part of AIDS 2020: The 23rd International AIDS Conference. Panelists discussed how efforts for an HIV vaccine have assisted ...




  TPAN letter: We stand with you

June 8 marks two weeks since the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis police officers, who have since been charged with murder. On a personal level, I am heartbroken and ...




  WORLD Zambia pardon, fashion house, HIV+ mayor, Costa Rica marriage

Zambia's president pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era sodomy laws in a case that caused a diplomatic conflict with the United States, Reuters reported. Japhet Chataba, 39, and ...




  THEATER Larry Kramer (1935-2020), polemicist and playwright

Larry Kramer was an angry man and he made sure people knew it. The language of his public discourse—the hundreds of articles he wrote and speeches he made, his novels and plays—drips with venom, insult, sarcasm, ...




  Chicago House to present Impact of COVID-19 on trans communities May 29

CHICAGO, IL — Transgender people, who traditionally experience barriers accessing safe and affirming health care and having their concerns listened to and understood, are facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To address the specific ...




  WORLD New HIV news, Catholic event, conversion therapy, Hungary anti-trans bill

A global trial stated that a new HIV drug injected every two months effectively reduces the rate of infection, and provides longer and stronger protection, than taking pills, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The four-year trial—conducted ...




  Lambda Legal holding HIV/COVID-19 event June 4

Lambda Legal will hold a virtual town hall, "HIV and COVID-19 in Illinois: Ensuring State Responses Protect Everyone Living with HIV," on Thursday, June 4, 2-3 p.m. CT. Lambda Legal Counsel and HIV Project Director Scott ...




  Chicago House forum looks at coronavirus, HIV overlaps

Illinois state Reps. Lamont Robinson and Greg Harris joined local advocates for an online discussion about the intersection between coronavirus pandemic and the HIVAIDS epidemic the afternoon of May 15. The discussion, the third part in ...




  Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

On Saturday, Oct. 3, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago plans to look beyond the current state of affairs and focuses on what the community can do to create a better future for people living with HIV and AIDS. Contact the AIDS ...




  Harris, Robinson to talk intersection of COVID-19, HIV epidemic, marginalization

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris and State Rep. Lamont J. Robinson will headline a public online conversation this Friday surrounding the intersections of COVID-19 and the HIV epidemic, two diseases that create ...




  Planned Parenthood opens new center in Lake County

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) is building on its 100-year history of providing essential healthcare by announcing the opening of a new, state-of-the-art health center in Waukegan that will enhance ...




  AFC adopts new logo, brand identity

After a year of research and development, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is proud to launch its new brand and identity. In early 2019, AFC engaged People Who Care—a Chicago-based consultancy ...




  IL Lt. Gov, Comptroller online roundtable: COVID-19, HIV epidemic, LGBTQ+ marginalization

CHICAGO, IL — The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges to LGBTQ+ communities, people living with or most vulnerable to HIV, and to people of color, and is further exacerbated at the intersection of those populations in ...




  WORLD HIV+ Ugandan men, employment lawsuit, Chilean rejection

Mbarara Rise Foundation (MRF) issued a statement expressing concern about the safety, well-being and health of LGBTQI persons living in Uganda and, especially, for HIV-positive gay men. Founder/Executive Director Real ...




  NATIONAL Trans students, HIV+ men released, LGBTQ judge, centers, Joe Biden

North Carolina's transgender students are worried that their privacy and safety are being put at risk as schools switch to teaching students online during the coronavirus pandemic, The Herald reported. North Carolina's public schools use a ...




  HIV leadership gets focused COVID-19 news to people living with HIV

April 9, 2020 (Nationwide) — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 national, community-centered HIV service & advocacy organizations partnered to create a resource guide focused on supporting people living ...




  Open Door may close amid staff firings, possible loss of funds

Open Door Health Center of Illinois (formerly Open Door Clinic) is teetering on the brink of closure due to financial issues, according to current and former staff members. The organization's mission, according to its website, "is ...




  Advocates: LGBTQs face additional complications in pandemic

Members of the LGBT community face additional healthcare challenges as they contend with the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, according to national LGBTQ-health advocates and officials speaking in a March 25 webinar. ...




  International AIDS Conference to go digital

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), to be held July 6-10, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference. An announcement from AIDS 2020 International Chair Anton ...




  AFC head details coronavirus response

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is among the Chicago agencies that have mobilized an aggressive response to the coronavirus crisis. AFC President and CEO John Peller, who has led the agency since 2014, discussed AFC's strategies ...




  Stop comparing coronavirus to early HIV/AIDS. Just stop.

People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream. There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early years of the pandemic. The ...




  Williams Institute: Florida's HIV criminal laws undermine public health efforts

Florida's HIV criminal laws may undermine the state's public health efforts by deterring people from seeking HIV testing and treatment, stigmatizing those with HIV, and disproportionately affecting the communities most impacted by ...




  Chicago House looks into alleged theft of agency funds

Chicago House and Social Service Agency has launched an investigation into alleged theft by its former chief financial officer (CFO), who was arrested in late January for allegedly embezzling from another agency. The recently discovered theft ...




  'Love Out Loud' ball Feb. 8

In Demand Entertainment and CSU Royal Court are presenting the Love Out Loud Ball on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-10 p.m., at Chicago State University's Student Union Building, 9501 S. King Dr. The ball-approved event is offering ...




  Conference on AIDS changes name to Conference on HIV

Feb. 3, 2020 - NMAC announced today that the name of the United States Conference on AIDS will be changed to the United States Conference on HIV (USCH). The conference will be held in San Juan, ...




  Season of Concern has new board president

Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in the theater community who are experiencing the effects of illness or injury, and provides support ...




  WORLD Swiss votes, HIV+ pilot, Indonesian raids, Dutch beauty expert

On Feb. 9, Switzerland residents will decide on extending the scope of anti-racism legislation to include discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to SwissInfo.ch. According to the website, this revision is needed, as current law does ...




  NATIONAL Presidential candidates, HIV news, Seattle LGBTQ bars, Tom of Finland

Presidential candidate Tom Steyer was baffled by his own comments he previously made on protecting the health of LGBTQ asylum seekers when asked to flesh out his plan during a New York Times interview, The Washington ...




  IDPH welcomes new HIV section chief

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced its new HIV section chief, Andrea Perez. Perez will play a crucial role in overseeing the administration of HIV surveillance, prevention and diagnosis, and care under Ryan White ...




  Federal court upholds injunction preventing discharge of HIV+ airmen

(Richmond, VA, January 10, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling inRoe & Voe v. Esper that halted efforts by the Trump administration to discharge members ...




  Mayor, CDPH announce decline in HIV diagnoses

On Dec. 23, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that new HIV diagnoses in Chicago hit a record low—continuing a trend of four consecutive years of declines. A total ...




  AIDS Garden Chicago supporters celebrate Keith Haring sculpture installation

AIDS Garden Chicago supporters gathered Dec. 20 at the 2.5 acre lakefront garden site south of Belmont Harbor near the location of the now-defunct Belmont Rocks to celebrate the installation of the 30 foot Keith Haring ...




  Community turns out for World of Chocolate

About 1,000 Chicagoans and other visitors showed up at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop for AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual World of Chocolate fundraiser, which shows off the finest confections from local-area vendors to ...




  CCH HIV chief discusses prevention and treatment efforts

According to Toyin Adeyemi, MD, an infectious disease specialist who is Cook County Health's (CCH) senior director of HIV services, the statewide Getting to Zero initiative, aimed at virtually eliminating new HIV transmissions in the state ...




  Panel faces legal challenges for trans and HIV-positive service members

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5) was joined by legal experts at the Pritzker Military Museum the afternoon of Dec. 2 for a discussion of the ongoing challenges facing U.S. military personnel who are transgender and/or HIV ...




  Podcast Plague, Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church launches World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

America Media will launch Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church, a six-episode podcast series, on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019. Reported by Michael O'Loughlin, who has covered the Catholic Church and L.G.B.T. ...




  World AIDS Day events happening in Chicagoland

This year, there will be various events taking place to mark World AIDS Day. Below is a list of some events taking place to note this special time. (All events are in Chicago unless otherwise indicated.): ...




  AIDS Garden to unveil Haring sculpture

On Nov. 14, the Chicago Parks Foundation announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this fall with the unveiling of a specially commissioned 30-foot-high sculpture, "Self-Portrait," by the late ...




  HRC calls on Trump to apologize for vile HIV and AIDS tweet

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, called on Donald Trump Jr., son of President ...




  Youth urged to take quiz before World AIDS Day

As part of a continuing effort to educate young people about HIV prevention and treatment, Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced HIV and youth web content to support the Y.O.U.T.H. (Youth Overcoming Undetected and Treatable HIV) ...




  AIDS Quilt moves to National AIDS Memorial, archives to Library of Congress

Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The NAMES Project Foundation (NPF) today announced that the National AIDS Memorial will become the new caretaker of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and NAMES Project programs. As part ...




  Brewery has Nov. 22 event with Chicago House

Revolution Brewing is again teaming with Chicago House and Social Service Agency to raise funds for HIV/AIDS-affected, disenfranchised individuals as well as the local LGBTQ community. The second annual "We Are Family" fundraising event will take ...




  New AIDS Garden Chicago to unveil 30-foot sculpture, Self-Portrait

(CHICAGO) November 14, 2019 — The Chicago Parks Foundation today announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this Fall with the unveiling of a specially-commissioned ...




  World of Chocolate returns Dec. 5

The World of Chocolate Fundraiser for AIDS Foundation of Chicago sets sail on December 5. Chicago's premier World AIDS Day event raises funds and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. WHAT: Join the AIDS Foundation ...




  'Infectious Blackness' talk Dec. 3 in Chicago

Steven W. Thrasher, Ph.D., will speak on "Infectious Blackness: Race, Media, and the Criminalization of HIV/AIDS" Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12-1 p.m., at Stonewall Conference Rooms, 625 N. Michigan Ave., in a Third Coast Center for AIDS ...




  Chicago House holds Day of the Dead event

On Oct. 31, Chicago House, in concert with other community service organizations, held the Second Annual Fiesta! Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The event not only acknowledged the traditional Latin-American ...




  Crimson and Pearls Gala: Celebrating 30 years of Chicagoland HIV Nursing

Chicago Nurses in AIDS Care (CNAC) will celebrate its 30th anniversary: Crimson and Pearls Gala: Celebrating 30 years of Chicagoland HIV Nursing. CNAC invites the HIV nursing and greater HIV advocate, service and ally community to ...




  The woman who beat HIV

Leading HIV researchers have come to believe that at least one person has found a way to naturally rid their body of the virus. While they believe they understand a part of how that was accomplished, ...




  NATIONAL Hillary and Chelsea disagree, coming-out study, Julian Castro

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton seemingly had a recent disagreement about transgender identity, The New York Post noted. In an interview with the Sunday Times of London, the mother-daughter duo were asked if someone with a beard ...




  Thousands attend AIDS Run & Walk

For the second consecutive year, "Live True. Be You." was the theme of AIDS Foundation of Chicago's (AFC) AIDS Run & Walk, which marked its 18th year. More than 2,000 participants came together on the sunny, ...




  Descovy approved for PrEP usage

Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences announced Oct. 3 that it had received FDA approval for its medication Descovy to be used as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) intervention to reduce the chances of HIV transmission. The new medication, ...




  Five Worth Finding: AIDS Run & Walk, The Ice King, TopGolf and more

—AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2019: Taking place Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather at Soldier Field to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV. The 18th annual event—with a 5K ...




  AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Oct. 5

On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 18th annual ...




  Black community called to recognize Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Washington, D.C.— In recognition of the 2019 National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on gay men, bisexual men, same gender loving (SGL) ...




  4th Circuit urged to to uphold crder preventing discharge of HIV-positive airmen

(Richmond, VA, September 18, 2019) — Today, lawyers for two active-duty Airmen who are living with HIV urged a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to uphold a preliminary injunction ...




  Activists halt U.S. Conference on AIDS to protest CDC

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surely saw it coming. Protests are part of the DNA of the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), and conference organizers have ...




  Activists, officials urge mayor to hire CPDH head, reprioritize HIV spending

A group of community service providers and social-service agencies—as well as various aldermen and one member of Chicago Board of Health—are calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to hire a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) agency ...




  AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Oct. 5

On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 18th annual ...




  Powerful AIDS group may be examined for use of federal funds

California state Sen. Ben Hueso (D-Chula Vista) has asked state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate if the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is fraudulently misusing savings from 340B—a federal drug-discount ...




  MillerCoors' 'Tap Into Change' running all summer

MillerCoors is celebrating Pride all summer long in Chicago through the "Tap Into Change" program, which will direct a portion of the proceeds from every MillerCoors product sold at select accounts toward non-profit organizations. The program ...




  Military Experts, Medical Groups, HIV Advocates Oppose Discharge Policy for HIV-Positive Airmen

New York, NY (July 26, 2019) — Military leaders, medical associations, public health groups, and HIV advocates joined three friend-of-the court briefs filed yesterday in support of a federal lawsuit ...




  Mineral Point to display AIDS Quilt

In Wisconsin, as part of Mineral Point's 3rd annual Pride celebration, sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt—the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals ...




  Chicagoan helps put AIDS Survivors Syndrome in the spotlight

Among the many effects of the AIDS crisis are the constellation of residual mental-health issues that can face individuals who cared for or lived with someone facing AIDS, or otherwise experienced the crisis on its proverbial ...




  Incoming Chicago House CEO, board chair speak about the future

Both Michael Herman, the incoming CEO of Chicago House, and Ryan Garrison, that organization's new board chair, say that Chicago House that "has their heart." Herman is taking Chicago House's reins over from Scott Ammarell, who ...




  HIV/AIDS program head resigned after violating sexual-harassment policy

A report has stated that Eduardo Alvarado—the head of the Illinois Department of Public Health's HIV/AIDS program—resigned in May after it was recommended he be fired for violating the agency's ...







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