About 100 HIV Researchers On Downed Malaysian Plane

The Huffington Post reports that the Malaysian plane that was downed yesterday in Ukraine contained about 100 World Health Organization staffers who were on their way to a conference on AIDS in Melbourne, Australia. The International AIDS Society, which organized the event, released this message:

The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.

At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.

It’s a tragedy. Head over to HuffPo to learn more about the victims, including Former IAS president Joep Lange, and avid AIDS campaigner Pim de Kuijer.

Wale to Perform Free “Hip-Hop for Philly” Concert

Philly FIGHT just announced that Grammy-nominated rapper Wale will headline this year’s “Hip-Hop for Philly” concert during the 20th anniversary AIDS Education Month. The evening of music doubles as an initiative to motivate young people to get tested. Tickets will be free to anyone aged 13 to 24 who get an HIV test at one of four HIV-testing events around Philly.

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Philadelphia Restaurants Participating in Dining Out for Life 2014

ActionAIDS‘ 23rd annual Dining Out for Life (DOFL) takes place in Philadelphia on April 24th, with nearly 150 restaurants in the region taking part. If you’re new to the game, this is how it works: On that evening participating restaurants will donate 33 percent of every check to a variety of regional HIV/AIDS service organizations, including ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. I love DOFL, because it’s such an easy, fun, and delicious way to give to a worthy cause.

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Photographer Snaps Photos of Loved Ones Right After He Tells Them He Has HIV

In his latest project, “I Have Something to Tell You,” Florida photographer Adrain Chesser snapped photos of his family and friends just moments after he told them he was HIV-positive. The collection portrays an array of emotions, from shock to befuddlement to just plain pity. But the process, Chesser told the Huffington Post, helped him conquer the fear of opening up to his loved ones:

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DO THIS: West Chester University’s AIDS Benefit Concert and Cabaret

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Cabaret."

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance in “Cabaret.”

If you are a Philadelphia-area showtunes fan looking to support a good cause, you’re in luck. This year marks the 14th anniversary of West Chester University’s (WCU) AIDS Benefit Concert and Cabaret, titled “Seasons May Change,” and, for the first time in its history, the Gayborhood is getting in the mix.

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Philadelphia FIGHT Participating in Major Clinical Trial to Find HIV Cure

philadelphia fight wistar hiv study

Local HIV service organization Philadelphia FIGHT has announced that it will participate in “the largest randomized trial anywhere” to find a cure for HIV. The project — led by West Philly biomedical research institute Wistar — is funded by a four-year, $6.2-million-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health. The goal? To lead a clinical trial that aims to “drain the viral reservoir” of the HIV-1 virus in patients with HIV/AIDS.”

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: HIV Returns in Men “Cured” of the Virus Via Bone Marrow Transplants

Researchers at Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital say that HIV has returned in two patients "cured" of the disease via bone marrow transplants. Click the photo for more, or find the link below.

Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital say that HIV has returned in two patients believed to be “cured” of the disease after successful bone marrow transplants. Click the photo for more, or find the link below.

I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to.

PROGRESS REPORT

Railroad companies to offer health benefits to same-sex spouses of employees

Fourth openly gay man appointed to Washington House

Same-sex partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 companies

Congressional Hispanic caucus votes to endorse ENDA

Church of England comes close to electing its first gay bishop

Same-sex weddings take place in Australia ahead of court ruling

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