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Rev. Straight to Open AIDS 2012 with Prayer

July 17, 2012

Rev. Charles Straight, who serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, was selected to open the International AIDS Conference with an invocation. Before the pastor's firm handshake and sonorous voice, comes the smile. Radiant, wildly contagious, Rev. Charles Straight's grin seems to welcome you instantly, no matter who you might be. Come...
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Three Years Later, Opt-Out Testing the Norm in Cook County Jail

July 3, 2012

The Rev. Doris Green, AFC's director of correctional health and community health, discusses opt-out HIV testing in Cook County Jail. By Sara Semelka After three long years of perseverance by community advocates, detainees at Cook County Jail now  go through an opt-out – rather than opt-in – HIV testing...
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AFC Staffer Honored by Newspaper

June 29, 2012

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Film Tackles AIDS in Black America

June 27, 2012

Watch Endgame: AIDS in Black America on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.   By Sandra Jaime The new PBS/Frontline documentary, ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America , presents an insightful look at how prejudice and fear has allowed HIV to rapidly consume the African American community. The...
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Once Neglected in Jail, HIV Advocate Now Seeks Justice

June 19, 2012

Arick Buckles, at right, stands with Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, while addressing the crowd at Lobby Day 2012. AFC Photo-Ed Negron By Sara Semelka A federal lawsuit filed Monday by a Chicago man who claims he was denied HIV medication while in jail has shed light on an issue usually hidden in the shadows: health care for people who are both living with HIV and incarcerated...
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A Quilt of Memories Lives On

June 18, 2012

Years ago, Mike Barnes stood before the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington D.C. with the love of his life, Martin “Sky” Bixby. They were both moved by the Quilt's powerful testimony. “He said, ‘I hope someone does that for me someday,’ ” said Barnes, 55, a pharmacist who lives in Lincoln Park. Bixby, who died of AIDS in 1997, (pictured at right) is...
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A Community of Independence

June 15, 2012

Vincent Moorman, at left, and Bobby Lynn Benson participate in a recent Tenant Empowerment Seminar. AFC Photos-Anne Sanicki At tenant seminars, clients learn independent living skills and gain a sense of community. By Anne Sanicki On a sunny May afternoon on Chicago’s West Side, a group of men and women gathered around a conference table and engaged...
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A Global Dream for Women's Health

May 25, 2012

By Melissa Janiszewski Brenda was volunteering in a Swaziland village, helping to build a small clinic where pregnant women in the village could safely birth their babies. The village was in a remote location, and many doctors found it difficult to get there. Scared and alone, many of the women gave birth alone and suffered permanent health complications, which often...
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Ball Offers Vogueing and HIV Outreach

May 24, 2012

A dancer vogues at a past ball event. Photo courtesy of Todd Diederich. This Sunday night, the Chicago House is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Memories of a Mini Ball, an event that promises to be legendary in more ways than one. For the uninitiated, the “Ballroom community” is a historically a dynamic LBGT subculture in which people can compete for prizes and...
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HIV-Positive Triathlete Inspires Change

May 22, 2012

In this inspiring Medill News Service story, Jay Sympson is featured as an HIV-positive triathlete. Sympson, who was diagnosed with HIV nearly 25 years ago, trains with the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), which raises money and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. This year's T2 events include the the Chicago Marathon, the Wrigley Field...
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