World AIDS Day 2013

Special notes of remembrance and hope were shared in Waukegan.

Special notes of remembrance and hope were shared in Waukegan.

The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center collaborated with several local partners including PACPI to host a bilingual event to honor World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1, 2013 – a day when people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The event featured music, dance, the sharing of inspirational thoughts and a candle-lighting ceremony, held at Waukegan High School.

The 2013 theme was “Stand Against Stigma.” HIV/AIDS-related stigma includes unfavorable attitudes, beliefs, and policies directed toward people living with these conditions, as well as their loved ones and communities.

Stigma can impact how people living with HIV/AIDS see themselves and how others think about them. Stigma prevents people from getting tested, seeking medical care and living full and healthy lives. Until this stigma is faced head-on, new infections will continue to rise.

Lake County Health Department is committed to providing access to care, treatment and support for people who are living with HIV/AIDS, addressing stigma and discrimination related to these conditions and promoting HIV/AIDS prevention programs at the community level.

Read the Lake County official release.

Metropolitan Club of Chicago Gives Back

Homemade birthday cards are sent to former PACPI moms and babies on their birthday as an encouragement to continue their journey of good health.

Homemade birthday cards are sent to former PACPI clients as an encouragement to continue their journey of good health.

The Women’s Connections Committee of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago chose PACPI as their 2013 Philanthropy, hosting various events and activities in support of PACPI throughout the year.

The Committee helped raise more than $2,000 in donations and gift cards for our programs through events like the Chocolate & Champagne Tasting, the Birthday Card Project, the October Breakfast featuring Andrea Kramer, and a Self-Defense Class.

The Birthday Card Project is especially significant because volunteers came together to make handcrafted cards for PACPI moms and babies on their birthdays as an encouragement to continue their journey of good health. Our clients have expressed their appreciation for being remembered by us in this special way.

Thanks to this partnership, PACPI also hosted our Celebration Recognition at the Metropolitan Club in September.

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2013

Gorgeous view from the Run & Walk route.

Gorgeous view from the Run & Walk route.

Team PACPI raised a total of $11,762 from our generous team members and donors at the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on September 28, 2013. Thank you to every donor, runner and walker who gave to Team PACPI! Please plan to join us in 2014 as we form our team and fundraise. The 2013 event was on a perfect September day along Lake Michigan as we walked with almost 5,000 participants. See photos from the day on our Facebook page.

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago stands up to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS allowing progress to continue toward ending the epidemic. Run & Walk invigorates the sector by increasing awareness for the cause, growing our passionate community and allowing new leaders to emerge.

Read the press release about all the organizations involved in the event and how AIDS Run & Walk is impacting Chicago and surrounding communities.

Legal Guide to HIV & Pregnancy

A comprehensive report and guide outlining the medical and legal surrounding HIV and pregnancy in the US is available through the Center for HIV Law & Policy website. The Legal Supplement, available upon request, details the legal issues advocates may face when representing a woman living with HIV throughout pregnancy, and provides legal arguments and strategies to best represent women living with HIV.

To request a copy of the Legal Supplement, please contact Rene Bennett at rbennett@hivlawandpolicy.org.

To download the HIV and Pregnancy guide (without the Supplement), go to: http://www.hivlawandpolicy.org/resources/view/474.

None Born Positive Campaign

pacpi_shelter_jenniffer_FINALDid you know that HIV-positive mothers can give birth to HIV-negative babies? Or that an HIV-positive man can father a HIV-negative baby?

Today, virtually no babies should be born HIV-positive. Education, testing and treatment, can prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission by 98%.

In May 2012, PACPI partnered with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Cause Marketing Initiative at Northwestern University to launch a public education initiative called “None Born Positive” to share these important messages around Chicago. Public transit ads throughout the city encouraged women to call PACPI if they are HIV-positive and pregnant, or positive and considering pregnancy.

Visit the None Born Positive webpage to download the ads and hear radio Public Service Announcements in English and Spanish.