Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

AIDS Black caucus hosts conversations on HIV
by Jamie Anne Royce
2012-04-11

This article shared 5318 times since Wed Apr 11, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


HIV/AIDS researchers, service providers, public health advocates and community members gathered for Conversations on HIV Research March 28 at the University of Chicago.

Presented by the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus as part of a series of community conversations, the half-day summit featured speakers and forums on bridging the gap between HIV/AIDS research and Black men who have sex with men ( MSM ) .

The event was produced in partnership with Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

"Black MSM are an at-risk group we know has negative outcomes [ with HIV contraction ] . We need to see how we can intervene and prevent that," said Dr. Kimberly Smith, who presented on HIV treatment.

Smith discussed strategies to keep HIV-positive Black MSM in treatment to keep their viral load down. Typically, HIV-positive people who receive regular retroviral treatment have a decreased viral load and decreased risk of passing on the virus through unprotected sexual contact.

Smith also addressed the "down low," the notion that Black men have unprotected sex with other Black men in secret or on the "down low," contract HIV and then infect their Black female primary partners. To Smith, the "down low" perpetuates the incorrect assumption that there is a method or set of characteristics people can use to identify a potential partner who carries the virus.

"The whole 'down low' discussion is ridiculous. It blames Black men for the HIV infections of Black women," said Smith. "We should be teaching women that anyone they have sex with can infect them, puts them at risk."

Dr. John Schneider, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Chicago, presented on social networks and HIV elimination. Through his research, he found similar rates of condom use and substance use within different racial communities of MSM, but the Chicago Black MSM community has an infection rate nearly seven times that of white and Latino MSM communities.

Through studying social networks of these communities, Schneider discovered that someone with a high risk of contracting HIV is much more likely to come in contact with someone who has a low risk of contracting HIV in the Black MSM community. These findings lead Schneider to recommend network or venue alerts when someone tests positive to prevent ongoing infections.

The conversation then lead to stigmatization of HIV-positive people within the Black MSM community.

"Many people viewed HIV as a punishment for same-sex sexual behavior," said Dexter Voisin of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Voisin, whose research indicates Black HIV-positive MSM are less likely than white MSM to disclose their status, highlighted the stigma of HIV within the Black community. He shared several survey respondents' answers, and many of them attributed the stigma to a lack of education on HIV within the community.

"The level of misinformation was astounding, alarming," said Voisin.

In regard to disclosing his HIV-positive status to his family, one respondent said, "It's like you told your family they're actually going be planning a funeral right then and there. And don't nobody like funerals at all."

Through his research, Voisin learned that some people in the community think HIV is contracted through any physical contact, outcasting HIV-positive people due to fear of contracting the virus. Others still view an HIV diagnosis as a death sentence, unaware of retroviral treatments that greatly extend the quality and length of life.

Stigma also keeps some Black MSMs from seeking treatment because they are afraid of community and family members discovering their HIV-positive status. A misplaced prescription bottle or side effects from medication could potentially out someone as HIV-positive.

But Voisin reports that many people who disclosed their HIV-positive status to family and community members reported positive outcomes.

"After some disclosed their HIV status, they experienced lower rates of mental health issues and depression, as well as greater adherence to retroviral treatments," said Voisin.

This story is part of the Local Reporting Initiative, supported in part by The Chicago Community Trust.


This article shared 5318 times since Wed Apr 11, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

First Queer and BIPOC-owned Illinois cannabis company opens Northalsted dispensary
2024-04-12
A small group gathered April 12 at 3340 N. Halsted St. to celebrate the grand opening of a historic new Northalsted business. SWAY, Illinois' first queer and BIPOC-owned cannabis company, marked the opening of its dispensary ...


Gay News

David E. Munar reflects on Howard Brown leadership and new Columbus, Ohio post
2024-04-11
On April 1, David E. Munar started his tenure as CEO of the Columbus, Ohio-based non-profit health system Equitas. The date marked the latest chapter for Munar, who previously helmed AIDS Foundation Chicago and, most recently, ...


Gay News

UK's NHS releases trans youth report; JK Rowling chimes in
2024-04-11
An independent report issued by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) declared that children seeking gender care are being let down, The Independent reported. The report—published on April 10 and led by pediatrician and former Royal ...


Gay News

RUSH, others receive grant related to HIV prevention for Black women
2024-04-11
--From a press release - CHICAGO — RUSH, in collaboration with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago and Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL), has been awarded ...


Gay News

LPAC, Arizona LGBTQ officials denounce Arizona Supreme Court ruling on abortion
2024-04-10
--From a press release - Washington, DC — Yesterday, in a decision that starkly undermines reproductive freedoms, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled to enforce a 160-year-old law that criminalizes abortion and penalizes healthcare providers who ...


Gay News

For Deb Robertson, the end-of-life issue is very real
2024-04-07
For just about everyone, life is hard enough. However, talking about ending that life—especially when one is terminally ill—is just as difficult. Ten states have authorized medical aid in dying, although Illinois is not one of ...


Gay News

KFF survey shows extent of LGBT-related discrimination
2024-04-07
KFF—an independent source of health policy research, polling and journalism—released "LGBT Adults' Experiences with Discrimination and Health Care Disparities: Findings from the KFF Survey of Racism, Discrimination, and Health." This ...


Gay News

NATIONAL mpox, Trans+ Day of Visibility, police items, Best Buy, Gentili's death
2024-04-05
The CDC has concluded that mpox cases are on the rise in the United States, increasing to almost double what they were at the same time last year, according to ABC News. There is a national year-to-date estimate of 511 cases ...


Gay News

DoJ accuses Utah of bias against incarcerated trans woman
2024-04-03
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of Utah, including the Utah Department of Corrections (UDOC), alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ...


Gay News

How safe are we really? A look into Illinois' LGBTQ+ protections as hate rises nationwide
2024-04-02
Illinois has long been known to have some of the strongest LGBTQ+ legal protections in the country. Its first anti-discrimination laws go back several decades, and the state boasts a wide variety of protections of LGBTQ+ ...


Gay News

Munar starts as head of Columbus LGBTQ+ health organization
2024-04-02
Former Howard Brown Health CEO and President David Munar will now head the Columbus, Ohio-based LGBTQ+ health provider Equitas. Munar began his new position as Equitas CEO on April 1, Columbus Dispatch reported. "I am honored ...


Gay News

First of LGBTQ+-owned dispensaries set to open in Northalsted
2024-04-01
By Tatiana Walk-Morris - Since 1970, 3340 N Halsted St. had been the home of the Townhall Pub, the beloved cash-only dive bar known for its tasty drinks and friendly staff. But after Townhall's former owner William Bucholtz passed away ...


Gay News

Chicago's transgender community kicks off Transgender Week of Visibility with daylong conference, resource fair
2024-03-30
Transgender community leaders, allies and politicians kicked off a weeklong celebration of transgender visibility in Chicago with a one-day conference and resource fair. More than 100 community members attended the ...


Gay News

Biden administration's LGBTQ+-health expert discusses equity goals
2024-03-29
Adrian Shanker, who advises Biden administration officials on a broad range of issues pertaining to LGBTQ+ health, has ensuring access to competent medical care for all LGBTQ Americans as a key part of his job description. ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Dionne Warwick, OUTshine, Ariana DeBose, 'Showgirls,' 'Harlem'
2024-03-29
Video below - Iconic singer Dionne Warwick was honored for her decades-long advocacy work for people living with HIV/AIDS at a star-studded amfAR fundraising gala in Palm Beach, per the Palm Beach Daily News. Warwick received the "Award of ...


 


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

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 Transgender 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


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

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.