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Top 10 Tweets about the Rally for a Positive Budget

July 27, 2015

Shouts of unity, chants against an immoral budget and a kaleidoscope of signs graced the James R. Thompson Center Plaza on July 22 as 200 people gathered to lambast Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois state legislature for not yet passing a budget in the state. The shouting wasn't relegated to the Thompson Center, though. Online, #PositiveBudgetIL was trending on Twitter among...
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Queer, Ill, & Okay artists share their truths about navigating taboo topics

July 23, 2015

By Elijah McKinnon, Digital Communications Coordinator This time last year, I sat across the table from Joseph Varisco as he introduced me to Queer, Ill & Okay   — a performance series that examines chronic illness in a new light. Located in a crowded café in Logan Square, the Chicago-based performance artist, producer, documentarian and teacher unpacked the intricate...
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Season of Concern raises money for HIV — and has an awesome time doing it

July 20, 2015

In last year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, a team of only 11 fun-loving people raised more than $15,000 for Season of Concern, an organization that supports people in Chicago who are experiencing a chronic illness like HIV and AIDS. That success comes largely because of the work of Mike Checuga, a Season of Concern board member and their AIDS Run & Walk Chicago team co-captain...
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Put your foot down to support 36 HIV/AIDS organizations at 2015 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

July 20, 2015

CHICAGO — “Put your foot down.” That’s the message behind this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago , hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and benefiting 35 other community organizations — known as Community Direct partners — on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. “We want supporters to put their foot down...
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PrEP is here to stay: an exploration of thoughts surrounding sex and prevention

July 16, 2015

by Elijah McKinnon Digital Communications Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 16, 2012, Truvada for PrEP has sparked many controversial narratives about the future of HIV prevention — and sex in general.   What’s clear is that PrEP works — and that it’s not a one-size-fits-all...
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Helping clients learn new ways to navigate through obstacles

July 15, 2015

Stigma: In and Out is a monthly series profiling the clients, providers and leaders of AFC's Corrections Case Management program, which helps HIV-positive people emerging from prison or jail get the support they need upon reentry. On a regular workday, Bridgette Funches is awake before the sun comes up, preparing for her day. She arrives to her office at 7 a.m. to prepare for...
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Breaking the barrier: Three ways to overcome access issues for PrEP

July 14, 2015

by Jessica Terlikowski Director of Prevention Technology Education, AIDS Foundation of Chicago This year’s International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence brought researchers, advocates and others in the HIV field to Miami from June 28-30 to discuss the role of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in preventing new infections and supporting the health of people...
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Program equips future public health leaders to impact the HIV landscape

July 8, 2015

In its sixth year, Chicago’s Public Health Boot Camp will provide 12 future HIV public health leaders with core public health concepts for impacting HIV prevention and care activities through a week of training, presentations and collaborative opportunities from July 12-16. Presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and DePaul University’s Master of Public Health...
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Roy’s fight against cuts to HIV funding in IL

June 25, 2015

Not many people have sat face-to-face with Governor Bruce Rauner since his January 2015 inauguration and been offered the chance to represent their community in conversation with him. But Roy Ballesteros did — and he has done so much more on behalf of the HIV community in Springfield this spring. Ten years ago, Ballesteros wouldn't have guessed he would be having a conversation...
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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of federal health care subsidies

June 25, 2015

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled to allow the continuation of federal subsidies through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help people across the U.S. afford health insurance. The landmark case of King v. Burwell was decided on a vote of 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is elated that the court has ruled to continue...
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