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.

Weekend Roundup: Get PrEPped at ICandy, Stimulus Turns 5, Elixir Gala and More

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If information is power, get ready to power-up Sunday at an informative PrEP Panel at Icandy. PrEP, if you don’t know, is a daily pill that has been approved by the FDA as an effective HIV-prevention method — even as effective, some argue, as consistent and proper condom usage. Besides general information about the drug, the hour-long session will cover an array of other topics relating to PrEP. Event organizer Josh Kruger explains:

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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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Mazzoni Receives $100,000 Gift From Estate of Deceased San Francisco Man

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Thomas Dross

The Mazzoni Center received an unexpected gift recently when it was notified that it would receive $100,000 from the estate of a Conshohocken native who later moved to San Francisco.

Thomas M. Dross passed away in San Francisco on January 7, 2012. He was born and raised in Conshohocken, educated at Widener in Chester, Pa., and later moved to San Francisco where he worked in marketing and advertising, and founded a popular restaurant, Upstairs, Downstairs. Upon his death he requested that his $2.1 million estate go to support HIV/AIDS charities, so when passed his co-executors set out to choose the organizations that would receive gifts. Most of the beneficiaries are located on the West Coast, but knowing Dross wanted to make a difference in his hometown, the co-executors decided to send money to Philly’s own Mazzoni Center. The donation marks one of the largest single contribution in the organization’s history.

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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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Hotel Palomar Goes Vegas for ActionAIDS Charity

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Attention high rollers: Forget Atlantic City or Las Vegas. For one night only, ActionAIDS, Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization, is transforming Philadelphia’s Hotel Palomar into a glitzy casino — all for a good cause.

Philanthropic “gamblers” are invited to attend Glamsino Royale, an evening of food, games, and music, on Feb 27.  The 24th and 25th floors of Hotel Palomar will be transformed into a  casino paradise, where guests can try their hands at Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, or Texas Hold ‘Em.  If gambling isn’t your jam, no worries: There will be plenty of booze from the likes of Yards Brewing Company, J. Lohr Vineyards, and Philadelphia Distilling, along with light bites from the Palomar’s Square 1682.  There will also be plenty of raffles and prizes, including Kimpton Hotel vacations, up for grabs.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With HIV Activist
Antonio Boone

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

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Today: Antonio Boone, a diehard HIV/AIDS activist who has worked to shine a national spotlight on young people living with HIV. He works with the Sexuality With Education and Truth Project (SWEAT), which helps bring support to HIV-positive gay and bisexual men between the ages of 18 and 30.

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