The Columbia Chronicle

AIDS vaccine progress

By Emily Fasold

April 16, 2012

Almost 30 years after its discovery, the incurable AIDS virus continues to destroy lives around the globe. However, a new analysis of a 2009 AIDS vaccine trial has brought scientists one step closer to finding a preventive.Researchers reported April 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine that the partial success of a Thailand-based trial that protected 31 percent of participants from infection may have been due to varying leve...

Westboro church’s ignorance not excusable

By Trevor Ballanger

February 20, 2012

I’ve always felt a sense of pride for who I am and where I come from, though at times it wasn’t easy. Some may think that being gay and coming from a highly religious family in southern Iowa would be rough, and they would be right.But in a lot of ways I was luckier than I realized at that time. There has always been a strong support system of friends and family around me, and I’ve never had trouble being protected whe...

Chicago receives federal grant for HIV testing, mental health services

By Chris Loeber

February 6, 2012

Chicago has received a federal grant that will be used to enhance the city’s mental health services and establish a more comprehensive HIV care network.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the grant as a part of a five-year funding cycle for HIV prevention. A total of $339 million will be allocated to local and state health departments across the country each year, according to a written statement issued by ...

Open Doors Gala

By Heather Scroering

November 14, 2011

Models showcasing hand-tailored vestments, crafted by Columbia’s very own fashion studies students, lined the staircase of the Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St., as a jazz band played lively tunes at the top of the stairs. Women dressed in flowing gowns on the arms of men in bow ties and black tuxedos sauntered about the red carpet at the Open Doors Gala on Nov. 5.The gala, priced at $1,000 per individual ticket ...

Medical marijuana can ease suffering

By Editorial Board

May 9, 2011

In a 53-61 vote, the Illinois House rejected proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana on May 5. A similar medical marijuana proposal fell four votes short of passing in January during a legislative session that resulted in the passage of such progressive measures as the civil union bill and abolition of the death penalty.Supporters thought the current bill had a better chance, thanks to increased bipartisan support and stricte...

Circus meets fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

January 31, 2011

They brave tightropes, swing upside down on the trapeze and twirl around long chiffon fabric, but these are not circus performers; these are everyday people working out in aerial arts fitness classes—a new exercise trend that combines physical strength, flexibility and mental reasoning in a class environment. With classes titled Aerial Conditioning and Technique and Aerial Fitness, people with normal day jobs are discoverin...

HIV still prominent in gay community

By J_Howard

October 18, 2010

Red is a color that symbolizes many things. In the shape of a heart, it symbolizes love. In the shape of a ribbon, it is a symbol of AIDS awareness and a reminder to be tested often for the human immunodeficiency virus that causes the disease.A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly one in five sexually active gay or bisexual men who participated have HIV, and 44 percent of those i...

LGBTQ observes World AIDS Day

By CiaraShook

November 30, 2009

Though the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence, K. Bradford, coordinator in the Office of LGBTQ Culture and Community, said there is still a great deal that people don’t know about the disease.LGBTQ, a group that is part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 to stress the importance of awareness and testing among the Columbia community, but it will do so in a much mo...

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