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Undetectable = Untransmittable – The Noise, the Joys and the Nuances

December 7, 2017

By Jim Pickett On Sept. 22, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the world’s foremost health authority, released one of the most important paragraphs they’ve ever written: "Scientific advances have shown that antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserves the health of people living with HIV . We also have strong evidence of the prevention effectiveness...
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What does Getting to Zero mean?

November 29, 2017

by Raven Feagins Illinois is #GettingtoZero to put an end to the HIV epidemic in our state. Below, our community members and staff shared their thoughts on this new initiative and what getting to zero new cases of HIV in Illinois means for them.    Want to join us in #GettingtoZero? RSVP for our first town hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13 to share your hopes...
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5 things you didn’t know about aging with HIV

November 17, 2017

Thirty years ago, getting into your 50s or 60s – let alone 70s or 80s – wasn’t seen as possible for people living with HIV. Thanks to powerful HIV medications, people with the virus are living longer and longer. That doesn’t make the aging process any easier, though — in some ways, aging with HIV is different than for people who are HIV-negative. Recently,...
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Taking PrEP? Thinking about it? Find an Illinois health plan that works for you – and get help paying for it!

November 13, 2017

People who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to HIV infection can take a daily medication called Truvada to help prevent HIV. It’s recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. If you need health insurance, you can shop for and choose a plan on the health insurance marketplace (must be before Friday,...
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Stonewall Strong (excerpt) By John-Manuel Andriote

November 8, 2017

This post is an excerpt from John-Manual Andriote’s recently published book Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community . The walls of Jim Pickett’s office at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago display the set of posters created for a new campaign aimed at promoting PrEP use by the gay men and women, including transgender...
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How your clinic can resist unlawful ICE activity

November 1, 2017

Edited by Ashley Slupski Adapted from the National Immigration Law Center Hospitals, clinic and other health care settings have a role to play in protecting undocumented communities.  Here’s what health care administrators should do to provide the best environment to protect the rights of patients and providers: Establish a written policy designating...
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Family love overcomes HIV stigma [VIDEO]

October 25, 2017

Jessica Glaspie, 32, is a mom and an advocate living in Lake County. She sat down with her mom, Rosita, to discuss her HIV diagnosis at just 22 years old and her choice to become an outspoken advocate in her community.    
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Legal Council for Health Justice Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions

October 24, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Legal Council for Health Justice (LCHJ) are appalled to learn the state of Illinois was given a “D-” grade in the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the Center for Health Law Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School’s interactive report grading the nation’s Medicaid programs on their access to treatments for hepatitis...
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Get ready for Health Insurance Open Enrollment: 6 things to do before you enroll

October 19, 2017

Despite what you may have heard (or not heard) from the White House, you can still get a health insurance plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment begins on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Make sure you get the best health plan for you by taking the following steps before you enroll: Pay off any balances on your current health...
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Experimental housing programs change lives and prove their worth

October 17, 2017

Few things can more negatively impact a person’s long-term health than being homeless or unstably housed. Fortunately for 100 homeless and chronically ill Chicagoans, there is hope. Two experimental housing programs led by AFC’s Center for Housing and Health (CHH) offer those Chicagoans a fresh start. CHH is also looking beyond those 100 people whose lives are being transformed...
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