On World AIDS Day, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) was all over the news, framing and contributing to the conversation about the ongoing epidemic.
In an interview (above) with PBS NewsHour, AFC President David Ernesto Munar joined host Jeffrey Brown, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and Ghanian clinic director Dr. Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah to address the question: "When Will We See an AIDS-Free Generation?"
Both PBS stories examined the uniqueness of this World AIDS Day in light of recent medical advances and fiscal challenges.
As Munar told PBS NewsHour: "We are at a crossroads here and I think our principal concern is that we may not realize all of this potential. We have the opportunity to make such great strides. But at the same moment, it all seems to be in jeopardy."
In the Chicago Tribune story "Obama Redirects $50 million to fight AIDS," AFC Vice President of Policy John Peller provided political context for President Barack Obama's announcement of allocating more resources for domestic programs and expanding the global targets of reaching HIV-positive people with antiretroviral drugs.
The Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP), an AFC initiative, was also featured in the news.
Do you ever feel there are critical advances in HIV/AIDS prevention that aren't being properly covered in the mainstream media? Or that there are complex HIV/AIDS-related healthcare and funding issues not being clearly explained? Or that there are powerful HIV/AIDS stories here in Chicago just waiting for someone to tell them? We feel that way, too!
At the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), we’re committed to changing the story of HIV/AIDS. Inside Story aims to take you inside that story, to give you an intimate look at how AFC, and other Chicago and national organizations, are fighting HIV/AIDS through medical, housing and support services; cutting-edge research into prevention and treatment methods; and advocacy for stronger HIV-AIDS public policy from legislators.