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.

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.