WBEZ | AIDS/HIV http://www.wbez.org/tags/aidshiv Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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