WBEZ | AIDS http://www.wbez.org/tags/aids Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en StoryCorps Chicago: AIDS Patients Teach Nurses How to Live http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-aids-patients-teach-nurses-how-live-114652 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 160129 Melanie Erik bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care held its national conference in Chicago last fall. During the conference, two friends, Melanie Steilen and Erik Mortensen, did a StoryCorps interview. They talked about where they were at the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic, which for Erik involved meeting his partner, Tom.</p><p dir="ltr"><em><a href="http://www.storycorps.org">StoryCorps&rsquo;&nbsp;</a>mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p></p> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-chicago-aids-patients-teach-nurses-how-live-114652 How a doctor and his dog are helping teens with HIV http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-01/how-doctor-and-his-dog-are-helping-teens-hiv-114007 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/fred.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On this World AIDS Day, we discuss the next generation of people with HIV and AIDS and how one Chicago doctor is helping those affected here.</p><p>More than a fifth of all new HIV infections in the United States are in teens and other young people between the ages of 13 and 24, according to the most recent data from the CDC. A lot of them go undiagnosed.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/drrobgarofalo">Dr. Rob Garofalo</a> is director of the Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Program at <a href="https://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/Pages/index.aspx">Lurie Children&rsquo;s Hospital,</a> and founder of <a href="http://fredsays.org/">Fred Says</a>, a charity that helps HIV-positive teens. Dr. Garofalo talks about his organization and how his dog, Fred, helps teens with HIV.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-01/how-doctor-and-his-dog-are-helping-teens-hiv-114007 Emanuel pitches privatization of HIV/AIDS primary care clinics, cuts to training http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-pitches-privatization-hivaids-primary-care-clinics-cuts-training-113133 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_471755110302_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-074d446a-2090-467c-a274-feda1848bdc1">Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is strongly considering privatizing primary care services for HIV/AIDS patients on the South and North sides. He is also ending an <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/sti_hiv_aids.html">HIV/AIDS training program</a> for city agencies. Local advocates and community health groups say the Chicago Department of Public Health has already informed them of their intentions.</p><p dir="ltr">Currently, the city&rsquo;s public health department runs <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/sti_hiv_aids/svcs/hiv_aids_early_interventionservices.html">two primary care clinics</a> - one in Englewood and the other in Uptown - that provide medical care, mental health assistance and other support to any Chicago resident living with HIV/AIDS.</p><p dir="ltr">Officials with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union that represents the at least 17 employees who would be affected by the changes, said they&rsquo;re concerned about job losses and access to quality care.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re especially concerned about the services provided in Englewood, because there aren&rsquo;t as many other options for folks to go to and we&rsquo;ve already made it pretty clear from research that having services in close proximity makes a difference in terms of people being able to get the care they need and follow the regime they need to do,&rdquo; said Jo Patton, Director of Special Projects for AFSCME.</p><p dir="ltr">The mayor&rsquo;s office is selling the outsourcing proposal as a way to &ldquo;expand community-based primary care services.&rdquo; In the 2016 budget book, the city pledges to serve 2,000 low-income HIV positive residents through &nbsp;a $1.5 million investment, granting access to a &ldquo;wide array of services through the City&rsquo;s delegates, including primary medical care, mental health, substance abuse treatment, case management and other supportive services.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">A budget office spokeswoman said right now, the city provides care to less than 500 HIV-positive residents, and outsourcing would allow them to reach an additional 1,500. The city is planning on including a requirement in the request for proposal, which isn&rsquo;t available yet, that the new care provider works within the current Englewood facility.</p><p dir="ltr">The city also confirmed it would be ending the HIV prevention training program, and union officials estimate that at least six jobs will be lost. A city spokeswoman said the health department is in talks with the Illinois Department of Public Health and other agencies to make sure that the training is covered.</p><p dir="ltr">David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of the Howard Brown Health Center, said he agrees with the plan, as the city currently can&rsquo;t provide the different levels of care (like behavioral health or mental health) that some HIV-positive patients need, but he&rsquo;ll be watching the city&rsquo;s execution. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really all about how it&rsquo;s done, and making sure that the transition is handled carefully, and particularly that the transfer of care for patients is done in a way that nobody is lost,&rdquo; Munar said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s been the concern of HIV activists around the city that in this system redesign we don&rsquo;t lose sight of making sure the patients are stewarded to the new model of care or that nobody&rsquo;s care is interrupted.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Munar said Howard Brown recently hired Dr. Cori Blum, the physician who used to staff these city clinics, which he hoped would alleviate some of the pressure on patients who might want to leave the Uptown clinic. He also added that Howard Brown might compete in the future bidding process to take over the city&rsquo;s private clinics. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Roman Buenrostro, Director of Special Projects for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, says the idea to privatize is not a new one. Buenrostro also serves as community co-chair for <a href="http://www.cahisc.org/">CAHISC</a>, where the idea has come up a number of times in the past as a way to maximize resources. Buenrostro said his number one concern is also to make sure no patient is left behind in the transition, but that outsourcing could be a &ldquo;creative&rdquo; way to continue care in an era of budget crises on both the city and state crises.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;What the city is saying is, if we turn this money over to community-based organizations to provide these services, we can serve a lot more people with the same amount of money,&rdquo; Buenrostro said. &ldquo;And why wouldn&#39;t we want to do that? So that&rsquo;s where I don&rsquo;t think that the word privatization is necessarily a bad word.&rdquo;</p><p>Privatization has been a popular word lately around city hall, as the mayor is also considering outsourcing the city&rsquo;s 3-1-1 services, which would cut 72 jobs. Officials have said the non-emergency phone system requires costly upgrades, potentially $25-30 million dollars over four years, and private vendors could suggest better or cheaper options.</p><p>The Chicago Department of Public Health is scheduled to appear in front of aldermen Thursday for a budget hearing. On Wednesday, both aldermen who represent the clinics said they hadn&rsquo;t heard definite details about the potential privatization.</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-074d446a-2084-9829-7a15-c92ab0befffa"><em>Lauren Chooljian covers Chicago politics for WBEZ. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">@laurenchooljian</a></em></p></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-pitches-privatization-hivaids-primary-care-clinics-cuts-training-113133 How a middle school principal supported Illinois' first student with AIDS http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/how-middle-school-principal-supported-illinois-first-student-aids-112410 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 150715 Paul Jim bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last month, Jim Perkins came to the Chicago StoryCorps booth with his former teacher, Paul Nilsen. Nilsen is eighty-three now, and retired, but in 1986, he was the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-05-27/news/9202170174_1_aids-case-mr-nilsen-school-year">principal of Central Middle School </a>in suburban Wilmette. One day, parents Mary Lou and Tom Graziano, whose son John was a student at the school, came in to tell Nilsen their son was <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1989-06-22/features/8902110471_1_aids-frightening-disease-thousands-of-other-children">sick</a>.</p><p><em>StoryCorps&rsquo; mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. These excerpts, edited by WBEZ, present some of our favorites from the current visit, as well as from previous trips.</em></p></p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/how-middle-school-principal-supported-illinois-first-student-aids-112410 Morning Shift: Leaning In has limitations for women seeking equal pay http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-27/morning-shift-leaning-has-limitations-women-seeking-equal-pay <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KellyB..jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Flickr/KellyB." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193370225&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">State budget hits AIDS funding</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Advocates and interest groups are still responding to Gov. Bruce Rauner&rsquo;s budget that now awaits the general assembly&rsquo;s vote. The 2016 fiscal forecast that Rauner revealed last week included a series of cuts. One group that&rsquo;s concerned is the HIV/AIDS community. AIDS Foundation Chicago is calling on the Governor to find solutions to providing funds for prevention and care programs in the state. AIDS Foundation Chicago CEO and President John Peller details what the HIV/AIDS community in Illinois is dealing with, and how care and prevention has evolved in recent years. He also details how the Affordable Care Act is working with patients to provide medicine and treatment.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/johnpeller">John Peller</a> is the President and CEO of the Chicago AIDS Foundation.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193370223&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Illinois spots make Nat&#39;l Registry</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The National Register of Historic Places has added 2 dozen buildings, districts, and even archaeological sites around Illinois to their list of places they call &ldquo;worthy of preservation.&rdquo; Nearly half of them are in and around Chicago. Barbara Wyatt from the Parks Service joins us to highlight some of those spots and talk about the process that takes place in order for something to make it on to the Register.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Barbara Wyatt is the Illinois reviewer for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nps.gov/index.htm">National Park Service.</a>&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193370219&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Rose and Kane injury updates</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">WBEZ sports reporter Cheryl Raye Stout updates us on the recent injuries of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose and Chicago Blackhawks captain Patrick Kane.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:<a href="https://twitter.com/crayestout">&nbsp;</a></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/crayestout">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> is a WBEZ reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193370216&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">&lsquo;Leaning In&rsquo; has limitations for women seeking equal pay</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">When it comes to negotiating in the workplace, it&#39;s been suggested that some negotiating tactics that work for men subsequently backfire when attempted by women. Asking for a raise or time off from work can be part of climbing the career ladder for anyone in a professional environment, but for women, studies show this task has become more complex. We talk with author of the New Yorker article <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/lean-out-the-dangers-for-women-who-negotiate">​&quot;Lean Out: The dangers for Women Who Negotiate&rdquo;</a> Maria Konnikova ​and Chicago&#39;s Women Employed Advocacy Council chairwoman Ambar Mentor-Truppa about the question of why negotiation involving gender remains imbalanced between women and men.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:</strong><em>&nbsp;New York City based <a href="https://twitter.com/mkonnikova">Maria Konnikova</a> is an author and journalist.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/FirstLadyA">Ambar Mentor-Truppa</a> is&nbsp;</em>Advocacy Council chairwoman for Chicago&#39;s Women Employed.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193370208&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Vusi Mahlasela performs</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In South Africa, Vusi Mahlasela (Mah-la-seh-la) is simply known as &ldquo;The Voice&rdquo;. As a boy, Mahlasela&nbsp; started listening to the sounds of Motown and James Brown coming out of the pub his grandmother owned behind their house. He taught himself to play with a guitar made out of fishing wire and a cooking oil can.&nbsp; He joined poetry and writers groups, and honed his lyrical skills by documenting the injustices he witnessed during the apartheid era. His songs about freedom and justice earned him harassment and jail time. His first album came right after the fall of apartheid, and he became known around the world when Nelson Mandela had him sing at his inauguration. Mahlasela has teamed up for a U.S. tour with another South African legend, Hugh Masekela, and joins the Morning Shift before their gig Friday night at the Old Town School of Folk Music. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="http://vusimahlasela.com/">Vusi Mahlasela</a> is a South African musician.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-27/morning-shift-leaning-has-limitations-women-seeking-equal-pay Global Activism: 'Give Hope, Fight Poverty' helps HIV victims in Swaziland http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-give-hope-fight-poverty-helps-hiv-victims-swaziland-111360 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Swaziland.JPG" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-55ad30fc-ca71-7448-d356-c5fe34b22aa5">Getting her PHD led Annie Elbe Todt to the small African country of Swaziland. </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-55ad30fc-ca71-7448-d356-c5fe34b22aa5">It&rsquo;s a country with the highest rate of HIV in the world. Annie began helping some of the orphans and child headed houses she saw all around her. For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we talk with Todt about her organization <a href="http://www.ifightpoverty.org">Give Hope, Fight Poverty</a>. It supports 33 child headed households. Their network of support extends to 1500 </span>children. They dig wells, build homes and send children to school. A remarkable number of people have joined on service learning trips.</p><p dir="ltr"><em><strong><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/185104920&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe>EVENT:</strong></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><a href="http://www.hamburgermarys.com/chicago/bingo.php">Hamburger Mary&rsquo;s &lsquo;HamBINGO&rsquo;</a></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Sun, January 11, 8pm &ndash; 10pm</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Andersonville...5400 N. Clark</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>$15 to play all night. Proceeds go to &lsquo;Give Hope, Fight Poverty&rsquo;</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-give-hope-fight-poverty-helps-hiv-victims-swaziland-111360 HIV diagnosis leads two friends down different paths http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/hiv-diagnosis-leads-two-friends-down-different-paths-110823 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps-140919-Mark-Rick-bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&ldquo;Drug addiction is really exhausting,&rdquo; Mark S. King says in this week&rsquo;s StoryCorps, recorded at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago&rsquo;s Loop, in conjunction with the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association&rsquo;s annual convention. &ldquo;I was here in this very hotel maybe eight years ago, and was in a room upstairs for five days and never left my room.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Why&rsquo;s that?&rdquo; his friend Rick Guasco asks him.</p><p>&ldquo;Because I had a crystal meth pipe in my mouth and was smoking and injecting crystal meth for five days.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s kind of surprising to hear you say that,&rdquo; Guasco says. &ldquo;So how did you fall into it?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;What happened to me&hellip;It was about 1996 and we had just gone through 15 years of pure hell in the gay community, with AIDS. And I had certainly seen that. I had lived through the &lsquo;80s as an HIV-positive person in West Hollywood. And in 1996, at long last, we had these medications that came out&hellip;and for the first time almost since the crisis began the dying seemed to almost stop in its tracks.</p><p>&ldquo;And It was kind of at that nexus of new medications beginning and gay men looking for a reason to celebrate. And it wasn&rsquo;t long until crystal meth started creeping into that equation, creeping into our community.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s where drug addiction takes you: It makes your world very, very small. You keep shutting out everything else and you&rsquo;re left in a small room, in a hotel room, with you and the drugs and nothing else.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Those of us who have lived with HIV for a longtime&hellip;We came out of it one or two ways: Either we came out of it with a strong sense of empathy and sadness and wanting to do our best to help and understand. Or you come out of it with a real sense of judgment and bitterness, as if this is a new phenomenon amongst young people.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I do feel a little sad and scared for younger gay men. I&rsquo;m not judgmental. I worry for them,&rdquo; Guasco says. &ldquo;I had developed Kaposi&rsquo;s Sarcoma&hellip;the spots. And there were more of them on my legs, and I started to get nervous, worried. And I fell into the sense of denial. The first spot came in May. I didn&rsquo;t get tested until December. And a week before Christmas that year, I found out that yes, indeed, I was HIV-positive.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We have two HIV warhorses here,&rdquo; King says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re learning as we go along. And that&rsquo;s what I try to keep in mind when we are speaking to other gay men, young or old, about how best to get a handle on this epidemic.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/hiv-diagnosis-leads-two-friends-down-different-paths-110823 Global Activism: Princess Kasune Zulu uses her HIV-positive status to save lives http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-princess-kasune-zulu-uses-her-hiv-positive-status-save-lives <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Princess.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-73944e5e-04bf-ed6e-fccf-5360018697f2">Princess Kasune Zulu was diagnosed with HIV over 17 years ago, at a time when that particular disease carried a heavy burden of stigma in her native Zambia. Since then, Princess Kasune has been advocating for education and healthcare for communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Her journey as the founder and spokesperson for her non-profit Fountain of Life has brought her from a one-room village school in Zambia all the way to the White House. For our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> series, she&rsquo;ll share her experiences as a leader in the fight against AIDS and discuss how the public conversation has changed about the disease since her diagnosis.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141725390&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-princess-kasune-zulu-uses-her-hiv-positive-status-save-lives Morning Shift: Writer recalls early tragedies of AIDS epidemic http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-12/morning-shift-writer-recalls-early-tragedies-aids <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Cover Flickr savonnee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican State Senator Kirk Dillard tells us why he should be Illinois&#39; next governor. Also, writer and activist Sean Strub talks about his new memoir about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. And, music from singer songwriter Kate Adams.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-writer-recalls-early-tragedies-of-th/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-writer-recalls-early-tragedies-of-th.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-writer-recalls-early-tragedies-of-th" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Writer recalls early tragedies of AIDS epidemic" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-12/morning-shift-writer-recalls-early-tragedies-aids Global Activism: Expanding sex education in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-expanding-sex-education-kenya-108490 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/5 day sex ed training for 23 farmers in the Aberdares.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When Kathy Tate-Bradish heard about <a href="http://www.vumilia.org/">Vumilia</a>, an organization that supports women and children affected by HIV and AIDS in western Kenya, she felt an urge to get involved. For nearly a decade Tate-Bradish has been working with Rose Ayuma, Kenyan founder of the organization, to expand a peer-run sex education program. She&#39;s also collaborating with <a href="http://africanchildrenshaven.org/">African Childrens Haven</a>, and hopes to ramp up their sex education initiatives. Tate-Bradish, just back from another trip to Kenya,&nbsp; updates us on the work that she has been doing.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106703768&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-expanding-sex-education-kenya-108490