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Governor doesn't make the grade in 100 Days HIV/AIDS Report Card

April 22, 2015

This week marks Governor Bruce Rauner’s 100th day in office. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has issued a “report card” grading his work on issues affecting those living with and vulnerable to HIV during his first 100 days . In Illinois, less than 50% of people living with HIV are linked to care and virally suppressed. HIV continues to ravage communities of...
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Governor Rauner meets with advocates about HIV funding

April 17, 2015

On April 15, 50 advocates traveled to Springfield to speak to their elected officials and demand a stop to Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts to HIV funding, Medicaid and the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act Fund. These funds provide essential programs and services that keep HIV-positive individuals and those vulnerable to HIV healthy. The governor’s proposed cuts are...
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“After 30 years, what do you look for out of life?”

April 14, 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. Larry Hill is a 50-year-old returning citizen currently residing in Chicago. Hill desires to be an advocate and speak up for those impacted by stigma,...
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Revolutionary PrEP program in Illinois halted by governor before launch

April 10, 2015

This article is the first in AFC’s Cuts to the Cascade series, which focuses on the people, programs and communities representing columns of the HIV treatment cascade . All of the Cuts to the Cascade subjects are under threat of losing vital state support as a result of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Illinois budget.   If one pill could help bring...
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A year of triathlons

March 30, 2015

by Anne Statton, PACPI Executive Director This essay first appeared on the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) website . This year, for my birthday, I decided to give myself the gift of triathlon. Sounds funny, I know. I really enjoy competing against myself and with my friends and family. I come from a swimming background. As a kid, I swam and competed...
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HIV advocates hail Coventry Health Plan change that improves HIV drug access

March 27, 2015

This week, Coventry Health Plan announced that it would dramatically reduce out-of-pocket costs for HIV medications in individual plans purchased on Health Insurance Marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The change comes in response to requests from advocates, including AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC). “We thank...
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A home for Nancy means more than a door and floor

March 26, 2015

“Home” has meant many things to Nancy. It has been a space for argument, for rejection, for abuse — and when she hasn’t had a home, Nancy’s life has been even worse. But today, Nancy has a home, and it has served as the foundation for her many life goals....
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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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