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“This is me; this is who God created.” An interview with Rev. Charles Straight

March 5, 2015

Historic Black churches and the HIV awareness movement haven’t always seen eye-to-eye — but when the HIV epidemic today affects the African-American community more than other groups, some see the Black church as the key to raising awareness and reducing stigma around HIV. This reconciliation is exactly what the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS (March 1-8) aims...
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AFC lauds Illinois for including HIV in the Health Home Model

March 4, 2015

This January, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) released a final concept paper outlining its intention to establish Medicaid Health Homes. In a huge victory, the final paper explicitly included HIV as one the conditions that can be managed by a Health Home. In December 2014, AFC submitted comments urging Illinois to included HIV as one of the chronic...
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Gaining trust is the first step toward helping post-incarcerated clients

March 3, 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. Arlette D. Brooks is a woman who has overcome a lot of challenges. She works as a corrections medical case manager with the South Side Help Center (SSHC),...
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Women and girls the focus of HIV awareness days throughout March

February 28, 2015

In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and several of its partners in Chicago will present opportunities for women to learn about HIV, get tested and obtain condoms. Saturday, March 7 Confidential HIV testing and counseling TPAN will provide instant HIV testing and condom distribution at Glitter Nail Salon (912...
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AFC releases 2015 - 2016 legislative policy priorities

February 27, 2015

The year 2015 ushers in significant changes in political leadership in Illinois, with Governor Bruce Rauner taking office as the state’s first Republican chief executive officer in 12 years. He has proposed a reckless budget with devastating cuts to HIV funding and Medicaid, and supportive housing is under attack. In the midst of these troubling changes, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago...
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Advocates oppose 25% cut to HIV funding in 2015 budget

February 18, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today proposed a $31.5 billion budget for the state’s next fiscal year that contains draconian cuts to the Illinois Department of Public Health and HIV services. The state’s last fiscal year saw $26 million appropriated for HIV-related services, but Rauner proposed slashing HIV services in FY 2016 to $20 million, a nearly 25% reduction.  ...
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HIV advocates find discriminatory HIV drug pricing by Illinois insurance companies

February 11, 2015

Are you having trouble paying for your HIV medication? Do you feel your insurance company’s high cost sharing amounts for HIV medications are discriminatory? Tell us ; we want to hear from you! Last week, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago submitted letters to four health insurance companies in Illinois – Humana , Coventry , UnitedHealthcare...
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AFC honors Black History Month with seminars, town hall and more

February 3, 2015

In the month of February, we honor the sacrifices and accomplishments of African Americans in the U.S. through Black History Month. But this month also offers the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) an opportunity to explore the current state of African Americans in Chicago and Illinois, and how the HIV epidemic impacts this community. AFC is a partner in a variety of programs and opportunities...
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Youth Expert Advisory Board applications now accepted

January 30, 2015

Applications for an advisory board composed of young women and transgender women of color are now being accepted to support Project Elevate, a dynamic new STI prevention program led by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Project Elevate is a citywide collaboration with Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Department of Public Health, Planned Parenthood, Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital,...
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How a community leader eliminates stigma, one client at a time

January 29, 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. Gaining freedom from jail or prison can be a bittersweet experience for people who were formerly in prison or jail. For most, life is not much better when...
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