Mama's Kitchen fundraiser raises over $176,000

SAN DIEGO, California -- The 24th annual Mama’s Day 2015 on May 8 raised $176,500 for Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers hot, nutrition-specific meals for free to people affected by AIDS or cancer throughout San Diego County.

The money raised will provide 57,680 home-delivered meals for Mama’s Kitchen’s clients.

HRC San Diego to host launch party for #DailyBlue campaign tonight

SAN DIEGO, California -- HRC San Diego's next CONNECT event is scheduled for tonight, May 19, with the local launch of the #DailyBlue campaign to raise awareness about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

PrEP is a medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. Approved by the FDA, PrEP has been shown to be safe and effective. A single pill taken once daily, it is highly effective against HIV when taken every day.

Mama's Day culinary event helps raise money for hot food delivery to AIDS and cancer patients

The Mama's Day culinary event is today at The Hyatt Regency LaJolla. This annual food celebration hosts many of San Diego’s best restaurants to raise money for Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego organization which helps deliver hot, nutritious meals to local men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer.

This year celebrity guests will include Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, and KyXy 97.5 personality Susan DeVincent.

VIP ticket holders will be able to meet Zien, and enjoy a hosted bar throughout the evening.

Magazine prints red letters on it's cover, but it is not ink

A men's magazine hopes to end the social stigma surrounding HIV by printing with ink made from HIV-positive blood.

A new campaign from the German men's magazine Vangardist and the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi has printed some covers of the magazine's spring issue with ink infused with HIV-positive blood. The issue has been mailed to subscribers and will be available on newsstands and online starting next week.

Mayor Faulconer will serve you dessert at Adams Avenue Grill today in honor of "Dining Out for Life"

San Diego, California – You might see Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer at Adams Avenue Grill today.

He is volunteering his time to serve desserts to patrons visiting the restaurant in University Heights in honor of Dining Out for Life.

The mayor will be at Adams Avenue Grill from 11:30 am to 1 pm today.

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Mondo Guerra talks to SDGLN and tells San Diego to get out and eat

Mondo Guerra is more than just a reality star endorsing a cause. He lives with HIV, and every year he takes to his neighborhood to not only savor food, also spend time with his friends and family.

Where are you going for Dining Out For Life San Diego?

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center's Dining Out For Life event is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 with over 75 participating restaurants, bars, and coffeehouses.

During the event, participating locations will donate a minimum of 25% of sales for The Center's HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs.

This year, Lava Sushi has committed to donate 100% of the day's profits to the cause.

Several local community leaders and organizations will be participating and have announced their plans for the day.

Impulse San Diego to host BIG HARD TALK on Thursday

SAN DIEGO, California -- Impulse San Diego's next event will be the BIG HARD TALK on Thursday, April 23 from 6-9 pm at Snooze An A.M. Eatery.

Guests will be treated to a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres at this fun event that will be hosted by Tori Heart and music by DJ John Joseph.

At the event, guests will be able to ask questions and learn more about STI's and HIV in a fun, party-like environment.

Impulse San Diego is a non-profit organization raising awareness of safe-sex education among San Diego's gay community.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation accused of $20M patient referral kickback scheme

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida -- Three former managers of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (AHF) have filed Federal and Florida State Whistleblower Act claims against the nation's largest supplier of HIV/AIDS medical care for illegal patient referral kickbacks. AHF is charged with defrauding Federal healthcare programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS grant programs of at least $20 million a year in false claims since 2010. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC represents the plaintiffs.

Back Out With Benny: Let's end HIV in our lifetimes

The first column I ever wrote for an LGBT newspaper was published on June 29, 2005 — nearly a decade ago. It was called “Out with Benny” and published in the now defunct San Diego Update newspaper, which had been one of the San Diego LGBT community’s leading LGBT news outlets from 1979 until its closure in 2006.