Tag: HIV

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…

Dinner with Friends raises money in Central Illinois

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends (CIF) held one of their Dinner with Friends tours in Peoria this week. So far, according to Deric Tucker Kimler of Central Illinois Friends, 130 people showing up for the restaurant visits, with up to 75 people attending at a single location. At the halfway point, after four host-your-own events and eight…

Court allows lawsuit against Defense Department’s HIV policy to proceed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On Friday, a Virginia federal court ruled a case challenging the military’s discriminatory policies governing service members living with HIV will continue by denying the government’s motion to dismiss. The suit was filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP. The plaintiffs’ motion to…

Study: Indiana HIV outbreak could have been avoided

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 2014 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Ind., could have been avoided with a quicker public health response, according to a new study published in The Lancet today. The study reported that the state government responded to the outbreak after new HIV infections had already peaked in the rural county. “Initiation…

Getting to Zero Illinois Dinner in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Getting to Zero Illinois project will be hosting a dinner and education session in Springfield on Monday, Oct. 29. From their announcement page: We are here to think big and aim high to bring about an end to the HIV epidemic in all regions of Illinois! The Getting to Zero Illinois project…

Transgenic rice plants could help to neutralize HIV transmission

AMES, Iowa – Extracts from transgenic rice plants could help stop the spread of HIV, according to research results from an international effort that included an Iowa State University scientist. Raziel Antonio-Ordonez, a postdoctoral researcher in agronomy, contributed to a research team that successfully developed a transgenic rice plant that expresses three different proteins that…

Phoenix Center needs volunteers for HIV study

SPRINGFIELD — Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center of Springfield, is looking for study volunteers, Illinois HIV Care Connect said. From Illinois HIV Care Connect: The Phoenix Center in Springfield is conducting a study called “IMPACT,” with the SIU School of Medicine. They need men who fall into one of 4 categories: Living with HIV…

Howard Brown debuts PrEP music video ‘Let’s Talk About PrEP’

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health, a major LGBTQ health provider in Chicago, debuted a new music video today to help get conversations on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

The video stars Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz and features former and current Chicago-based performers like Big Dipper, Lucy Stoole, DJs [X]P and All the Way Kay, comic Tien Tran, and more.

The song is based on the 1990s Salt-N-Pepa hit “Let’s Talk About Sex.” It was produced by Imagination + Muscle Productions and directed by Tobin Del Cuore and filmed at a variety of Chicago locations, including Howard Brown’s Andersonville Brown Elephant resale shop. The project was funded by a grant from the Illinois Community Health Foundation.

For more information on PrEP, go to Howard Brown’s website.

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Study shows no HIV transmission with undetectable partners

AMSTERDAM — Researchers at the 22nd International AIDS Conference confirmed Tuesday that the chance of any HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a sexual partner is scientifically equivalent to zero. Aidsmap reported that the results were presented during the opening press conference for the event. From Aidsmap: Final results from…