Positively Aware to mark 25th year

Thu. October 22, 2015 12:33 PM by Windy City Media Group

Chicago, IL - Positively Aware, the HIV/AIDS-focused publication of Chicago-based Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) is now in its 25th year, and will celebrate that milestone downtown on Oct. 29.

Editor Jeff Berry said that, even though the scope of HIV/AIDS has changed dramatically over the years, the mission of the magazine—bringing its readers up-to-date and accurate treatment information and related news—has not.

"The epidemic has changed so much since back in the late '80s or early '90s," Berry said. "People wanted desperately to have any kind of hope, any kind of information. There was no effective treatment yet for HIV until 1996. It was a very different time. I'd come to some of the weekly [TPAN] meetings Tuesday night. The meeting room was packed. And then, every week, it would always seem that someone had died. It was kind of a scary time, but at the same time, it always felt like you could get information and support from TPAN, and, by extension, the magazine."

The Oct. 29 celebration will be at Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St., from 6-8:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Tony Mills, MD, a Los Angeles-based clinician who is a regular contributor to Positively Aware.

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