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Child Welfare & HIV/AIDS

Forum Reveals IL Youth HIV/AIDS Infections Up 60% Since ‘2000; Most Media Ignore Heavily Promoted Event


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JOHN (left) and BRETT tell their stories of HIV infection to a packed audience at The Children’s Place Association forum in Chicago on Illinois youth and HIV/AIDS on November 9, 2007.

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Child Care Association of Illinois President MARGE BERGLIND (left) and State Representative SARA FEIGENHOLTZ (D-Chicago) appear as forum panelists to discuss new Illinois Department of Public Health data that reveals a 60% increase in HIV/AIDS infections among people under 24 since 2000.

Mostly absent from the forum–Chicago news media. Only Fox-TV, Shadow Radio Networks, the Chicago Free Press, and the Windy City Times covered the forum. WGN-AM and WBEZ both interviewed The Children’s Place President CATHY KRIEGER before the event. The Chicago-Sun Times editorialized in favor of Feigenholtz’s proposal to eliminate obsolete state law that blunts student HIV testing.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and Huffington Post blogger, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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