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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 /

Week of December 1, 2014

Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

UI Health's emergency department recently launched opt-out HIV testing in an effort to increase the number of Chicagoans who know their HIV status. "Knowing your HIV status is powerful way to reduce the inadvertent spread of the virus to others," said Cammeo Medici, project manager for Project HEAL. The initiative that will test approximately 15,000 people over next year who visit the UI Health emergency department, are ages 13 to 64 years old, and get blood drawn for any reason.

Free HIV Testing
1, Monday | Free |

On Monday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, and Wednesday, Dec. 3, UI Health will offer free HIV counseling and testing in the UIC Community Outreach Intervention Project van, which will be parked outside the main hospital entrance, 1740 W. Taylor St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

4, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Filmmakers Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross present their three-part documentary on the effects of international trade on rural Beardstown, Ill., as seen by long-time residents, new immigrants and activists. A discussion will follow with the filmmakers and Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, UIC assistant professor of Latino studies. 7 - 9 p.m. UIC Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

5, Friday | Donation | Call: (312) 996-6068

A celebration of the holiday season featuring the UIC University Choir, String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and University Band. 7:30 - 9 p.m. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. Admission is pay-as-you-can. Suggested donation: $10 or $5 for students.

6, Saturday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

A snapshot of an urban queer community and unconventional forms of social belonging. Part of Gallery 400's Sistah Sinema Chicago monthly series on queer women of color. 2 - 4 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. $10; free with i-card for the UIC community.