Tag: HIV/AIDS

Court orders halt to HIV-positive service member discharges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge ordered the Department of Defense to halt discharge proceedings for HIV-positive service members on Friday. Lambda Legal announced in a press release that U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the ruling from the bench after hearing oral argument today on both Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN’s motion for preliminary…

LGBTQ orgs react to SOTU pledge to end HIV transmissions

WASHINGTON — LGBTQ organization expressed a lot of doubt in response to Trump reportedly planning to promise to end HIV transmissions by 2030. From Politico: Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy has been championed by top…

Prtizker signs exec order to restore HIV funding

ROCKFORD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, signed an executive order restoring public health funding for HIV care. From the State Journal-Register of Springfield: He signed an executive order to expand access to the medicine known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, which can reduce the chances of getting HIV. PrEP funding was a casualty of…

Southern Illinois AIDS Walk set for March 23

CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition announced this week that the 20th Annual AIDS Walk will be on Saturday, March 23. The Walk will start at the Southern Illinois University Newman Center, 715 S. Washington Street in Carbondale, at 11 a.m. Registration and a health fair will begin at 10 a.m. All proceeds from the walk…

Mardi Gras 2019 with Central Illinois Friends on Mar. 1

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends of PWA will be hosting a Mardi Gras fundraiser on March 1 in Peoria. From the Facebook event: Join us at the Warehouse on State in downtown Peoria for a fun night out on the town. Tickets include wine, draft beer, non-alcoholic beverages, heavy hors-d’oeuvres catered by Cracked Pepper, music,…

Mutual of Omaha will now cover PrEP after lawsuit

BOSTON — The Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company will now cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions for their clients. The announcement came from GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defender (GLAD). From GLAD: The parties have reached a settlement in the lawsuit Doe v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company (United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts)…

UIC needle exchange and HIV testing site on west side offers expanded medical services

CHICAGO — Clinical services to prevent and treat wounds, abscesses and infections caused as a result of injection drug use are now being offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Community Outreach Intervention Project’s, or COIP, west side field office. Services will be provided by physicians, nurses and students from UIC’s Urban Global Medicine…

Air Force approves use of PrEP

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has approved the use of PrEP for pilots and aircrew, overriding an older policy that prohibited its use, Military.com reported last week. From Military.com: The service in September officially approved the use of the pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment (PrEP) medication, commonly known as Truvada, which helps reduce the risk of…

Getting to Zero Illinois wants public feedback

SPRINGFIELD — Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) is looking for public feedback on their draft plan to eliminate new HIV infections in Illinois. From the website: Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) has developed a draft plan for 2019-2023, detailing a path toward virtually eliminating new HIV transmissions and improving overall health care access in Illinois by…