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Edgewater and Uptown Listed as Highest New HIV Diagnoses in Chicago


AIDS Foundation Tweet

About a week ago as we were reading through some Chicago-specific Twitter feeds, we got stuck on one particular tweet that hit our hearts. It felt like it could be an opportunity for us at the EdgeVilleBuzz to highlight an issue relevant to our community and provide a list of resources that may be useful to readers, friends of readers and the larger communities of Edgewater and Uptown.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago recently tweeted that northside neighborhoods Uptown and Edgewater are in the top three Chicago neighborhoods with the highest number of HIV diagnoses, with 40 percent of new cases being men under the age 30. The statistic was pulled out of a HIV/STI Surveillance Report that Chicago’s Department of Public Health put out in December, 2013. The report states that there are 1,413 prevalent cases in Uptown, and 1,350 prevalent cases in Edgewater in 2011.  While there has been a decline in the number of AIDS diagnoses in the over-30 age population, the proportion of AIDS diagnoses from 2007-2011 increased the greatest for those younger than 30.

Reported cases of HIV and AIDS have dropped across the nation significantly in the last decade, but we are still without a cure. There are so many people living with the disease, a large portion of whom are living well and in good health. This is due to the tireless amount of research, medical advancements and work in the health sector. Service providers have evolved over time and now include everything from testing, medications, education, outreach efforts and therapy and groups for emotional support. We have come a very long way in the treatment of the disease and are finding ways to enable and empower people to  live their lives fully regardless of their status.

Support systems are vital for any person’s well being but are critical for those living with, or at risk of HIV and AIDS. They also can vary between nonprofits, community groups, hospitals, meet-ups, testing centers, health organizations and more, all of which have been pivotal in providing people the opportunity to live well and sustain their physical and mental health.

The following resources offer a variety of support such as rapid testing and support groups available to those living in or around the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods.

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