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AFC is seeking candidates for board membership

August 30, 2021

Are you interested in creating equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions?   If the answer is yes, we have just the volunteer opportunity for you!  AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is  looking for individuals who can help us achieve our goals of equity and justice by serving on our Board of Directors. ...
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AFC celebrates the “Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act” Becoming Law

August 20, 2021

On August 20, 2021 Governor JB Pritzker signed the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act, which creates age-appropriate learning standards for public schools that decide to teach comprehensive personal health and safety education (grades K-5) and comprehensive sexual health education (grades 6-12).   “AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) thanks Governor Pritzker for signing...
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AFC’s Learning Circle Collaborative awards $72,000 to strengthen eight POC organizations

August 19, 2021

Today, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is excited to  announce the fourth cohort of the Learning Circle Collaborative (LLC) awardees inducted into the capacity building and technical assistance program (CBA). Grant funds will be used to support organizational infrastructure, leadership development, systemic capacity building and the delivery of culturally responsive community...
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Ryan White case manager stops opioid overdose minutes after receiving training from AFC

August 1, 2021

By Bailey Williams  For the past three years, Mayra Olivares has helped people living with HIV and AIDS achieve better health outcomes. As a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program case manager at Erie Family Health Centers, Mayra makes sure her clients receive needed medication, medical appointments and referrals for vital services like housing. Prior to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayra...
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AFC mourns the passing of Ed Negron

July 26, 2021

A IDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) mourns the passing of Ed Negron who was a former staff member, photographer and fierce advocate for the Puerto Rican community, chairing the  first Latino/a /x LGBT Pride picnic in 2006. He supported the health and wellness of  people who use drugs and  consistently championed the LGBTQ+ community, particularly the bisexual+...
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Remembering Debra La Joyce Thornton: Longtime housing advocate, woman of faith and mother

July 26, 2021

By Bailey Williams Longtime housing advocate Debra La Joyce Thornton, age 64,  passed away Thursday, July 1. Debra is survived by her mother, four children and three grandchildren she loved dearly.  Described by many as  extremely hardworking and dedicated, Debra spent the last two decades helping hundreds...
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Learning the Art of Living: My Uncle Kevin’s Legacy

July 15, 2021

By Hannah Kopach, AFC  associate board member and co-captain of the associate board’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2021 Team  Ever since I was asked to write a piece for  AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s blog, Inside Story, about my Uncle Kevin, I wasn’t sure where to...
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AFC welcomes four new associate board members

July 14, 2021

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s  associate board includes young professionals and emerging leaders who are passionate in the fight for HIV/AIDS services and prevention in the Chicagoland area. Members of the associate board act as ambassadors for AFC by taking part in fundraising, community service and advocacy activities that create health equity and justice for...
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“Our legacy is our people”: Celebrating the legacy of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus

July 1, 2021

By Bailey Williams I n the summer of 2005, party promoters, bar and bathhouse owners, government representatives, community leaders, health providers and Black gay, bisexual and same gender loving men convened at what was formerly the Ramada Inn on 47th Street and South Lakeshore Drive to...
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Living Our Best Sexual Lives in the After Times

June 24, 2021

By Jim Pickett,  Senior Director Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health  at  AIDS Foundation Chicago The last time I  wrote  about safer sex and pleasure during COVID-19  – last April (in other words, three lifetimes ago)  –   I focused on lots of tasty treats on the sexual menu .  ...
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