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'Project Runway' Designer in Chicago to Educate About Living with HIV and Combat Stigma Associated with the Disease
Date:5/7/2009

sting the body's immune response, while maintaining a good quality of life," said Dr. Dan Berger. "It is an exciting time with many advancements and new classes of treatment that are available. People living with HIV should work with their doctor to find a successful regimen that is also tolerable."

In 2008, Jack held Living Positive By Design events in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the 2008 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA); in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta AIDS Walk; and in New York, New York, at the Gay Men's Health Crisis' (GMHC) annual Fashion Forward fundraiser. Jack kicked off 2009 at the Academy of Friends' annual Academy Awards Night Gala in San Francisco, California and then in Houston, Texas for the AIDS Walk. He will continue to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS through events in additional cities throughout 2009. For more information on Living Positive By Design and participating cities, please visit: www.LivingPositiveByDesign.com.

Prevalence of HIV and AIDS

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million Americans are living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S. and approximately 55,000 new people become infected every year. In 2006, 50 percent of new diagnoses were among men who have sex with men (MSM). In the state of Illinois, over 17,000 people were living with AIDS at the end of 2007. Since 2001, there have been about a 1,000 new HIV diagnoses each year in Chicago.

About AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS Foundation of Chicago, founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AIDS Foundation of Chicago collaborates with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services; fund and coordinate prevention, care, and a
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