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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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Trump ends ACA subsidies for insurers, shattering health care coverage for low-income Americans

October 13, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) stands in strong opposition to the Trump administration’s announcement to no longer fund cost-sharing reduction payments for insurers. This move is a spiteful display of leadership. Not paying the subsidies will send the health insurance exchanges into turmoil and could take away access to high-quality, affordable health insurance coverage for Illinois...
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2,500 health equity advocates band together to raise $480K (and rising) at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

October 5, 2017

The 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago united runners, walkers, community organizations and local celebrities on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Soldier Field to raise awareness for the continued HIV epidemic and funds totaling $480,000 and growing. Beyond fundraising, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago serves as a memorial for loved ones lost to complications of HIV and AIDS. “For so many of us,...
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Providers Unite: Protect the Undocumented Community

October 5, 2017

Edited by Ashley Slupski Adapted from the National Immigration Law Center The increased threat of deportation causes many immigrants to go without necessary medical services. Here’s how health care providers can protect undocumented patients according to the law: Want more information? Visit National Immigration Law Center’s hub for health care providers ....
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ViiV Healthcare and AFC partner to improve women’s health

October 2, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded a grant from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Women (PAFW) initiative. Continuing our dedication to supporting cisgender and transgender women of color, AFC will be partnering with Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, Affinity Community Services, Stroger Hospital and other Chicago leaders to develop...
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Surviving a personal tsunami

September 28, 2017

by Raven Feagins Michelle Hennigan is a compassionate mother of one who lives in the small village of Johnsburg – just over an hour and a half outside of Chicago. Michelle loved providing a comfortable lifestyle for her and her daughter, but in 1999 – just as she was moving up in her career – Michelle became extremely ill with no sign of recovery. "I...
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What you need to know about Getting to Zero in Illinois

September 20, 2017

By Sara Semelka  Illinois is making dramatic progress against HIV  New HIV cases have dropped by 28% from 2006 to 2015. Mother-to-child HIV transmission is nearly eliminated. In Chicago, there were fewer than 1,000 cases a year. Because of this, it’s possible to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Illinois.   Illinois has what it takes.  With health...
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After homework, a young fundraiser fights for her communities

September 15, 2017

By Ashley Brown  Lillian Weir is a natural activist, whose strong beliefs and voice rise up to fight for what is right. For years she has marched in the Chicago Pride Parade, right in the thick of the crowd, waiving a flag and dancing in support of the rights of marginalized communities nationwide. She’s also loaned her innate activism to the Chicago Teacher’s Union,...
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Five ways to take control of your love life

September 13, 2017

by Nick Villarreal and Beto Soberanis  It’s impossible to know everything about sex. But learning to talk about sex and navigate HIV helps you take the reins of your sex life and your sexual health. Take a look at these ways to take control of your sex life.  1. Communicate with your partner. It’s the sexiest thing you can do.  It can be pretty...
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