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Gilead gives significant gift to AFC as the inaugural member of AFC's Corporate Partnership program

March 24, 2015

Gilead Sciences recently awarded the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) $100,000, becoming the first member of AFC’s Corporate Partnership Program. Through the Corporate Partnership Program, AFC is engaging companies across the US to make major contributions to HIV/AIDS programs and services in Chicago and beyond.  Corporate partners, such as Gilead, make unrestricted contributions...
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Regional program supports women in HIV prevention and family planning

March 19, 2015

Too few women living in communities with high rates of HIV receive essential HIV prevention and pregnancy planning information and services. Consequently, both HIV-positive women and HIV-negative women with positive partners are unaware of new prevention strategies that help them stay healthy, reduce HIV transmission and enable safer conception and delivery of HIV-negative babies. The...
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AFC testifies on Medicaid redetermination in Springfield

March 13, 2015

Testimony presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) last week before the Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee aimed to show how Illinois' Medicaid redetermination efforts could have a significant impact on people living with HIV across the state. Director of Government Affairs Dan Frey presented his testimony on March 3 and argued that Medicaid redetermination...
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Female condoms take a new spotlight among peer-to-peer health educators

March 10, 2015

Whether lessons come through word-of-mouth, personal experience or in an educational setting, high school is a difficult and exciting time for health education. Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a volunteer-taught health curriculum hopes to shape teens’ conversations around sexual health, mental health and substance use. By recruiting college student volunteers to teach high school-age...
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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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