Volunteers still needed for The Center's Dining Out For Life

SAN DIEGO -- Ambassadors are still needed for The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s annual Dining Out For Life, scheduled for Thursday, April 24.

At the dining event, which raises money for The Center’s HIV/AIDS programs, community members visit participating locations throughout the day to eat and drink, and in turn, the establishments donate 25% to 100% of the day’s proceeds.

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Trauma of AIDS epidemic impacts aging survivors

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SAN FRANCISCO--The nightmares terrorized San Francisco resident Tez Anderson for years. He would dream he was buried deep underground and wake in the middle of the night feeling panicked.

"It felt like I was in a lot of danger. It was not so much about death, it was more that I was in peril," recalled Anderson, who is 55.

How media are criminalizing HIV, why that's a problem, and what we can do to fix it

The conversation around HIV/AIDS in America has in many ways evolved in recent decades. Though much of the general public has a greater knowledge of HIV/AIDS, the stigma surrounding it has not entirely dissipated and, arguably, exists in a higher concentration within the LGBT community than it did even twenty-five years ago.

HIV-related stigma on the rise within the LGBT community

Advocate Peter Staley's "Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War" was published in The Huffington Post last week. In it, the founder of the Treatment Action Group (TAG) reflects on how the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS has changed over the years. He cites, specifically, the contemporary phenomenon of stigma on the rise within the gay community. Peter writes:

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Volunteers needed for Dining Out For Life San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Dining Out For Life San Diego is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 and volunteer ambassadors are needed to help make the event a success. The eighth annual event benefits the HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs at The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Ambassador orientation sessions will take place at The Center on the following dates.

• Thursday, March 20 at 6 pm

• Wednesday, March 26 at 6 pm

• Thursday, April 3 at 6 pm

• Wednesday, April 9 at 6 pm

• Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 am

UC San Diego's AIDS Research Institute seeks community support

SAN DIEGO -- As part of the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute (ARI)'s "$20 for 20 Years" fundraising drive, three lucky donors will have the opportunity to win great prizes.

Anyone who donates at least $20 to ARI between March 1-17 will be entered to win a Saturday brunch for two at popular Hillcrest restaurant Baja Betty's. Three brunch packages will be given away.

Three Louisiana insurers sued for dumping people with HIV

NEW ORLEANS – Lambda Legal today filed a federal class action discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBS), which will no longer accept the federally-funded premium subsidies that enable low-income Louisianans living with HIV to purchase health insurance.

UCSD fundraising to support HIV/AIDS investigators

SAN DIEGO - The UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute (ARI) will launch a “$20 for 20 Years” fundraising campaign in honor of the 20th anniversary of its translational research program, the UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

Proceeds from the 2014 campaign will underwrite the ARI Emerging Investigators Fund, created to support HIV/AIDS investigators at the start of their careers.

Being Alive hosts its second annual "A Sweet Affair" on Thursday

Have you ever wanted to attempt to consume your weight in gourmet desserts and wine, and feel like a good person for doing so?

On Thursday, Jan. 30, Being Alive will host its second annual “A Sweet Affair” at the Joyce Beers Community Center, where San Diego’s experts of chocolate and sugary decadence will provide unlimited samples of their finest concoctions for about the price of dinner and a movie ($25). All the event’s proceeds will go toward funding the truly invaluable care and services Being Alive provides for San Diegans living with HIV and AIDS.

Mama's Kitchen awarded AIDS Walk San Diego double match grant

SAN DIEGO -- Mama’s Kitchen was awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), for its AIDS Nutrition Program. The check was presented at Mama’s Kitchen’s Tree of Life event, honoring World AIDS Day.

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