PACPI is saddened by the loss of one of our founding mothers. Susan Ruth Gevirtz was a founding member of Pediatric AIDS Chicago (PAC), the organization that created the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative.
Susan served many years as a member of PAC and ultimately became president of the organization. Susan was passionate about the work that PAC and PACPI undertook to help prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies.
Susan was a dedicated volunteer, a passionate fundraiser, and most importantly, a model mother to both her children and her community. Susan’s vision lives on in PACPI’s work.
Our thoughts are with the Gevirtz family and all her loved ones.
A memory or condolence can be shared on her legacy page.
Chicago Foundation for Women Grants $15,000 to Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative to Make an Investment in Women and Girls
Chicago Foundation for Women’s spring 2015 primary cycle focused on freedom from violence and health access and awareness.
Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) was awarded $15,000 for their Perinatal HIV Enhanced Case Management from the General Fund at Chicago Foundation for Women. The spring 2015 primary cycle at Chicago Foundation for Women awarded $570,000 in grants to 34 Chicagoland programs. Perinatal HIV Enhanced Case Management intends to help vulnerable HIV-positive pregnant women to have healthy, HIV-negative newborns and establish a strong connection to continuing care for each mother and child.
CFW awarded 12 grants focused on access to health and health information. CFW grantees in the health portfolio are committed to supporting some of the most vulnerable women in Chicago. All grantee organizations serve or impact low-income women or women below the poverty line.
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Spanish-language newspaper Hoy spoke with PACPI executive director Anne Statton at Wednesday’s rally to Pass a Positive Budget, organized by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Pass a Positive Budget is a community-driven campaign that fights for a fair and positive budget for FY16. The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Read more about the campaign.
Full Hoy article in Spanish.
The event of the season is here!
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will be Saturday, September 26th at Soldier Field.
PACPI is recruiting a team of 30 members and we need your help to raise more than $10,000 that will benefit programs for women and infants. Lace up your shoes and sign up to walk or run with us!
What: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 5K walk, 5K run or 10K run
Where: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
Who: Team PACPI!
When: September 26th, 8:00am-11:00am
How: Go to PACPI’s team page to register using the discount code “30YEARSOFACTION” for $10 off your walk or run registration
Register today to begin fundraising and you’ll be eligible to win great prizes. Gift cards are available for fundraising milestones from Amazon, Target, Starbucks, iTunes, and more!
PACPI is proud to announce our role as a partner in the Midwest HIV Pregnancy Planning and Prevention Initiative (MHPPPI), a multiyear project led by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The aim of the initiative is to reduce HIV infections and increase pregnancy planning among women in high HIV prevalence communities in the Midwest through building providers’ capacity.
Read the full announcement on the AIDS Foundation of Chicago website.
MHPPPI will enable health care providers to better prevent new HIV infections among women by educating them about the spectrum of prevention tools. MHPPPI trainers and educators will place an emphasis on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-a-day pill regimen for HIV-negative people to protect themselves against HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and female condoms.
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Are you an HIV positive man who desires to have a baby with an HIV negative woman? OR Are you an HIV negative woman who desires to have a baby with an HIV positive man?
You may be eligible to participate in a research study about use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP, during conception.
Check out study info and if interested, contact Brianne Condron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Reasons to Visit the New 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline Website
- The new Hotline website is easier to navigate and has a cleaner look. Key resources are quickly found on the home page.
- Caring for an HIV-positive woman in labor? The “hot” red button at the top of the home page lists step-by-step instructions on how to treat your patient. Call the Hotline and we’ll provide clinical consultation, referral, and follow-up assistance.
- Quickly access links to best practices and care recommendations for HIV-positive women in labor and women or infants with preliminary positive rapid HIV tests.
- You’ll find recent news and research as well as links for patients and other service providers.
- The Hotline website is THE resource for anything related to pregnancy and HIV.
SHARE the Hotline website with anyone who works in a hospital, clinic-based setting, or social service agency that serves pregnant women.
Life is full of surprises, some of which can be life changing. January 20, 1995 is the day I found out I was HIV positive. When I was given my results, I thought it must be a mistake. I had stepped into a small clinic for what I thought would be a routine test. The realization of what was happening was almost too much to comprehend. Unfortunately, the clinic did not have any open follow up appointments available. The soonest was two months away.
Pati and Fernandos 20 Years Later
I was sent home that snowy January day with more questions than I knew to begin to ask. About a week later, I came to the realization I couldn’t have children. I say this because, at the time, not only did I think my diagnosis was a death sentence, but I thought bringing a healthy child into the situation was just not possible.
In the meantime while I was waiting for the day of my appointment to arrive, I heard about another clinic which specialized in HIV services. Based on all I had heard and the fact I was able to get in I decided to go there. I received great care and learned more about my diagnosis.
During this time I also received another life changing surprise: I found out I was pregnant. My first phone call however was not to family or friends but to an AIDS hotline to see what information they could provide about being HIV positive and pregnant. At that time they did not have much information on HIV and pregnancy but did share some studies about treatments that increased the chances of having a healthy child from 75% to about 90% (today, treatment and care increase the chance to over 99%). My next phone call was to the clinic where I was being seen to schedule an appointment to find out what the next steps would be.
When I went in for my appointment we discussed that at that time they did not have an in-house OBGYN. However they did have someone who they referred patients to. I went in to see this doctor who confirmed my pregnancy: I was 9 weeks pregnant. Then she also told me she would not be taking me as a patient; she did not want to treat me because of my HIV status. I was embarrassed and disheartened. But she referred me to a hospital. I was scared, anxious and excited about the prospect of a new doctor. I knew I had to keep trying to find someone who could help me.
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