WBEZ | AIDS/HIV http://www.wbez.org/tags/aidshiv Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Stigma Keeps Many Gay Latinos off HIV Prevention Pill http://www.wbez.org/news/stigma-keeps-many-gay-latinos-hiv-prevention-pill-114252 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Victor Barillas and Joey Ponce de Leon-2f98164a6f4d9284ed17800ebd61b4fc530be5c3-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res454335033" previewtitle="Victor Barillas (left) and his friend Joey Ponce de Leon. Ponce de Leon opposed the HIV prevention pill until learning it had saved Barillas."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Victor Barillas (left) and his friend Joey Ponce de Leon. Ponce de Leon opposed the HIV prevention pill until learning it had saved Barillas." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/03/Victor%20Barillas%20and%20Joey%20Ponce%20de%20Leon-2f98164a6f4d9284ed17800ebd61b4fc530be5c3-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 464px; width: 620px;" title="Victor Barillas, left, and his friend Joey Ponce de Leon. Ponce de Leon opposed the HIV prevention pill until learning it had saved Barillas. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>Earlier this year, Victor Barillas decided to get on the HIV prevention pill called Truvada.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/data-from-iprex-open-label-extension-ole-demonstrate-high-interest-in-prep-longer-term-evidence-of-safety-and-efficacy-and-no-sign-of-increased-risk-behavior-among-prep-users-268053491.html">When taken every day, the pill is nearly 100 percent effective</a>&nbsp;in blocking the transmission of HIV, even through unprotected sex.</p></div></div></div><p>Sitting in the doctor&#39;s office, Barillas whipped out his phone and posted a status update on Facebook:&nbsp;Doc, please give me Truvada.</p><p>Within minutes, Barillas remembers, his ex-boyfriend had sent him a message.</p><p>&quot;And he said, &#39;Wow, really? You&#39;re just being out there and open about Truvada? That&#39;s kind of something private.&#39;&quot;</p><p>It was the kind of response Barillas had come to expect. He said most of his gay Latino friends looked down on the drug, labeling men who took it as &quot;whores.&quot; Why take Truvada if not to be promiscuous, they thought?</p><p>Barillas had considered taking Truvada before. As a gay, sexually active Latino, he knew that statistically he was at higher risk than most gay men to contract HIV. The stigma had kept him off the drug. He said it&#39;s kept a lot of his gay friends off the drug, but especially his Latino friends.</p><p>&quot;Growing up as young children, you&#39;re taught family values,&quot; Barillas said. &quot;I was actually raised Catholic and was an altar boy for years. I grew up with a mother who was all about having a family, and being a traditional Latino male.&quot;</p><p>Since the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for HIV prevention in 2012, stigma has been one of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/05/428925801/hiv-prevention-pill-remains-a-tough-sell-among-gay-latinos">biggest barriers health advocates have faced in their effort to get more Latinos to take the drug</a>, which is also referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.</p><p>Richard Zaldivar runs The Wall Las Memorias, a Los Angeles nonprofit that works with gay and bisexual Latinos. Last year it hosted a community town hall to educate gay Latinos and their families about PrEP.</p><div id="res454335649" previewtitle="Richard Zaldivar runs The Wall Las Memorias, a Los Angeles nonprofit that hosts a support group for gay and bisexual Latino men."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Richard Zaldivar runs The Wall Las Memorias, a Los Angeles nonprofit that hosts a support group for gay and bisexual Latino men." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/03/Richard%20Zaldivar-8f72df66a819720d18b212fcbe29dfd7ba78c8e4-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Richard Zaldivar runs The Wall Las Memorias, a Los Angeles nonprofit that hosts a support group for gay and bisexual Latino men. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>&quot;There&#39;s a lot of fear and stigma still around talking openly about sex and their identity,&quot; Zaldivar said. &quot;So if they&#39;re not at that point, it&#39;s hard for someone to ... tell the doctor, hey I need [PrEP], because I&#39;m an active sexual player.&quot;</p></div></div></div><p>Stigma is not the only factor keeping Latinos off the HIV prevention pill. Truvada, the only drug currently approved as PrEP, costs $1,300 a month. Though it&#39;s covered by most insurance plans and by Medicaid, many Latinos remain uninsured, keeping the drug out of reach. As its name suggests, pre-exposure prophylaxis is a preventive strategy, but Latinos tend to avoid seeing the doctor until they&#39;re sick. Many doctors remain unaware of what PrEP is or which patients are good candidates for the drug.</p><p>For Zaldivar, however, all of these issues are moot if gay Latinos are unwilling to embrace their sexuality. Being ashamed of who they are makes them less likely to take steps to protect themselves, he said.</p><p>Every Tuesday evening, Zaldivar welcomes a couple of dozen men to the converted two-story house in northeast Los Angeles from which he runs his nonprofit. Over food, the guys talk about issues they face as gay Latinos. The meetings are a kind of support group for men grappling with their sexual identity.</p><p>It was at one of these meetings, over the summer, that Victor Barillas first told the group that Truvada had saved him.</p><p>&quot;Two weeks after being on the medication, I met this man that I began having sex with,&quot; Barillas recalled. &quot;And at first we did use protection. And then we didn&#39;t.&quot;</p><p>One morning, the man sent Barillas a text and asked to speak with him by phone. He told Barillas that he&#39;d tested positive for HIV, and that Barillas had been his only sexual partner for months.</p><p>Barillas rushed to get tested. He was negative.</p><p>&quot;I definitely believe that Truvada kept me negative,&quot; Barillas said, &quot;because I honestly believe that, thinking about the sex that we had, that I would be HIV positive.&quot;</p><p>The night that Barillas shared this story with the support group, he looked over at one of his friends in the room, Joey Ponce de Leon. Ponce de Leon was one of the guys who openly criticized men on Truvada as &quot;whores.&quot; But now, after hearing Barillas&#39; story, he was crying.</p><div id="res454335835" previewtitle="A resource table at The Wall Las Memorias includes a new Latino-oriented brochure for PrEP."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="A resource table at The Wall Las Memorias includes a new Latino-oriented brochure for PrEP." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/03/PrEP%20Brochure-c0a0552dfb81e3ed6577d64af3e94de606749fe1-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 310px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="A resource table at The Wall Las Memorias includes a new Latino-oriented brochure for PrEP. (Adrian Florido/NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>&quot;I felt extremely bad,&quot; Ponce de Leon recalled recently, &quot;because here I was condemning it, and I was kind of like, wow, I could&#39;ve lost him. And I apologized to him.&quot;</p></div></div></div><p>Ponce de Leon said it took some reflection to realize that his rush to judge men on Truvada stemmed from his own struggle growing up gay in a traditional, religious Latino family.</p><p>&quot;Growing up, I couldn&#39;t be that particular person that I wanted to be,&quot; he said. &quot;And I knew that I was either going to go to hell, or whatever, if I did do that.&quot; The fear of HIV was always lurking.</p><p>In Truvada, he said he saw a drug that allowed men to feel more comfortable in their sexuality than he ever did, and he resented it.</p><p>All that changed when he realized that Truvada had probably saved his friend. Though he&#39;s in a committed relationship and doesn&#39;t take PrEP himself, he said he, like Barillas, has become a PrEP advocate.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/11/04/454333337/stigma-keeps-many-gay-latinos-off-hiv-prevention-pill?ft=nprml&amp;f=454333337" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/stigma-keeps-many-gay-latinos-hiv-prevention-pill-114252 Global Activism: Fighting HIV in Chicago and Rwanda http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-fighting-hiv-chicago-and-rwanda-112643 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219110439&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></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-16fbe9b0-2896-096c-acff-ee92829e5337">Awareness and improving drug regimens have generally decreased HIV-infection and improved life-span for &nbsp;HIV survivors. But Sub-Saharan Africa is still an epicenter of an HIV/AIDS epidemic. In Rwanda, HIV-infection among the young &nbsp;accounts for 40% of new infections, according to the WHO. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll talk with <a href="http://publichealth.uic.edu/ghp/faculty/geridonenberg/">Geri Donenberg</a>, a dean of Research at UIC&#39;s School of Public Health. She works in HIV prevention and understanding the effects of early violence on Chicago&rsquo;s African American community. Donenberg also, through the Kigali Imbereheza Project, utilizes trauma-focused intervention to get Rwandan youth access to HIV drugs and help them deal with depression. Joining her is Mojdeh Stoakley, a Chicago artist and Donenberg&rsquo;s research assistant. For <em>Global Activism</em>, they&rsquo;ll tell us about some of the parallels of fighting HIV in Chicago and Africa.</span></p></p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-fighting-hiv-chicago-and-rwanda-112643 Worldview: Battling AIDS in Kenya through sexual education http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-06/worldview-battling-aids-kenya-through-sexual-education-111828 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img a="" adolescents="" adults="" alt="" and="" ap="" are="" at="" ben="" better="" by="" catching="" center="" choices="" class="image-original_image" comprised="" due="" either="" for="" group="" healthy="" high="" hiv="" hiv-positive="" in="" kenya.="" kenyan="" korogocho="" neighborhood="" non-governmental="" of="" or="" organization="" photo="" risk="" run="" slum="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP728020647221.jpg" style="height: 394px; width: 620px;" the="" their="" title="In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, a child holds a book while attending an HIV prevention session entitled " to="" who="" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199561514&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><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Sex education in Kenya</span></font></p><p>As Kenya grapples with the aftermath of last week&rsquo;s terrorist attack on Garissa University College, security is not the only issue the country faces. It also has one of the world&rsquo;s highest HIV rates.&nbsp; According to USAID, in Kenya, an estimated 1.6 million people live with HIV/AIDS. Of those, 1.1 million are children left orphaned by AIDS. We&rsquo;ll talk with two organizations that work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and care for the children left orphaned by the disease. Kathy Tate Bradish, executive director of the ABC&rsquo;s of Sex Education and Phylis Nasubo Magina, Kenya country director of the ABC&rsquo;s of Sex Education, join us to talk about instructing Kenyan farmers to teach HIV prevention and sex education in their own communities. Robert Barasa, executive director of Ember Kenya Grandparent Empowerment, also joins us to talk about Kenyan grandparents caring for AIDS orphans.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d8b2ee66-9097-25dc-7829-f582d22aea8f">Phylis Nasubo Magina is the Kenya Country Director of <a href="http://www.abcsofsex-ed.org">The ABCs of Sex Education</a>.</span></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d8b2ee66-9097-25dc-7829-f582d22aea8f">Robert Barasa is the executive director of <a href="http://emberkenya.org">Ember Kenya Grandparent Empowerment </a></span><a href="http://emberkenya.org">Project</a>.</em></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d8b2ee66-9097-25dc-7829-f582d22aea8f">Kathy Tate Bradish is the executive director of the <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCsofSexEd">ABC&rsquo;s of Sex Education</a>.</span></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199561854&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">A history of US intervention in Puerto Rico</span></p><p>Puerto Rico&rsquo;s relationship with the U.S. as a controlled territory is long and complicated.&nbsp; Denis joins us to discuss the legacy of U.S. influence in Puerto Rico through his book&nbsp;<em>War Against All Puerto Ricans Revolution and Terror in America&rsquo;s Colony</em>. The book looks back at the history of U.S. intervention into the politics of Puerto Rico and is based on interviews, oral histories, congressional testimony and recently de-classified FBI files from the 1898 U.S. invasion through today.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9aee726c-909a-a368-9357-4e7d1c103f3e"><a href="https://twitter.com/NelsonADenis">Nelson A. Denis</a> is the author of </span></em>War Against All Puerto Ricans Revolution and Terror in America&rsquo;s Colony.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199562820&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><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">World History Minute: The first modern olympics</span></font></p><p>For today&rsquo;s World History Minute, historian John Schmidt, takes us back to this day in 1896 when the Olympic games were revived in Athens.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><a href="https://chicagohistorytoday.wordpress.com/">John Schmidt</a> is an historian and author of &ldquo;On This Day in Chicago History.&rdquo;</p></p> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-06/worldview-battling-aids-kenya-through-sexual-education-111828 Remembering the El Mozote Massacre http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-30/remembering-el-mozote-massacre-111020 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/NYC16416.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The University of Chicago is hosting an event to commemorate the 1981 massacre in El Mozote, El Salvador. We&#39;ll recall what happened in 1981 and talk about its impact, decades later.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-el-mozote-massacre/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-el-mozote-massacre.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-el-mozote-massacre" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Remembering the El Mozote Massacre" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-30/remembering-el-mozote-massacre-111020 Global Activism: Project Harambee, Upendo Village and St. Aloysius School partner to help HIV-affected people in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-project-harambee-upendo-village-and-st-aloysius-school <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Harambee and Friends_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b4fa9973-61e3-bf93-5c44-f54b5bd82432">Today on&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em>, we talk with three Global Activists who are partnering to help people. Their common denominator is to help HIV/AIDS-affected people in Kenya. Kathleen (Keen) Harrison, <a href="http://www.projectharambee.org">from Project Harambee NFP</a>, wrote us to say: &ldquo;In my experience, small NGOs&hellip;tend to be territorial and competitive and actually don&#39;t work together very much&hellip;I tend to see HARAMBEE like my child.&rdquo; But Keen came to understand that working together with other NGO&rsquo;s was better for her and the people she serves. Keen joins us, along with Fr. Terry Charlton, co-founder and chaplain at <a href="http://www.sagnairobi.org">St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School</a> and Guy Vaccaro, executive director and president of <a href="http://www.upendovillage.org/">Upendo Village</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Kathleen (Keen) shared what partnering means to her:</em></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">In my experience, small NGOs, though doing good in the world, tend to be territorial and competitive and actually don&#39;t work together very much. It&#39;s understandable: As founder and developer of HARAMBEE, I tend to see HARAMBEE like my child, and so I have to watch myself for creeping possessiveness and over-protectiveness. Also, with limited resources, NGOs often compete for a relatively small pool of grants and donors--not conducive to collaboration.</p></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-project-harambee-upendo-village-and-st-aloysius-school Young man finds new hope after HIV diagnosis http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/young-man-finds-new-hope-after-hiv-diagnosis-109312 <p><p>When Justin Kelly came out to his adoptive mother, she sent him away.</p><p>But after he found out he was HIV positive two years ago, he finally found support&mdash;and a new outlook&mdash;through Chicago House, a social services agency for those affected by HIV and AIDS.</p><p>Kelly&mdash;who&rsquo;s also known by his drag moniker, Amber St. James&mdash;shared his story at Chicago House with friend Michelle Dunigan.</p><p>&quot;When I turned 12, I was starting to come to the conclusion that I was gay,&quot; Kelly said. &quot;So what my mother did, she asked me, &#39;So do you like men?&#39; she just asked me. I said, &#39;I don&rsquo;t know.&#39; So she sent me away. She sent me to an all-boys Christian camp to hide me away.&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/amber st. james.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 267px; float: right;" title="Amber St. James does drag at the Jackhammer in Rogers Park." /></p><div><p>Kelly said he didn&rsquo;t learn the lesson his adoptive mother intended. He became even more sure he liked boys, and picked up some handy survival skills to boot. Then his mother sent him to foster care.&nbsp;</p><p>A few years ago, he learned he was HIV positive.</p><p>&quot;I cried the entire way home, bawling out, crying like I found out someone was shot,&quot; he said.&nbsp;</p><p><em>To find out how Kelly&rsquo;s mother reacted, and about his hopes for his future, listen to the audio above.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival. Follow her on Twitter @katiemingle.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/young-man-finds-new-hope-after-hiv-diagnosis-109312 Global Activism: Urban gardens provide source of good nutrition for people affected by HIV/AIDS http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-24/global-activism-urban-gardens-provide-source-good-nutrition-people-affec <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-24/DIG photo.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Each Thursday we hear about an individual who&rsquo;s decided to work to make the world a better place. Sarah Koch is the co-founder of <a href="http://www.reaplifedig.org/Reap_Life/HOME.html" target="_blank">Development in Gardening</a>, known by its clever acronym DIG.&nbsp;They create urban gardens to provide nutritional foods to HIV/AIDS affected people. Several of their gardens are located in Africa. Sarah returns to give us an update on some of DIG&rsquo;s new projects, including a program they&rsquo;ve just started in Zambia.</p></p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-24/global-activism-urban-gardens-provide-source-good-nutrition-people-affec