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Five HIV advocacy victories in Springfield in 2015

June 15, 2015

The regular legislative session has ended. The session is going into overtime, due to our elected officials’ inability to compromise and pass a fair budget or seriously consider new sources of revenue for the state. Despite this partisan gridlock, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and HIV advocates from all over the state have accomplished some amazing work this session! We celebrate...
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Moral Mondays demonstrations call for a fair budget in IL

June 12, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) calls Illinoisans to stand together as one voice to demand that Illinois Pass a Positive Budget and find new sources of revenue to fix our state budget shortfall. Join the AFC , IIRON and other community organizations who are a part of the Responsible Budget Coalition as we gather in downtown Chicago every other Monday for Chicago’s Moral Mondays...
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Harmony and AFC partner to bring awareness to testing, treatment and holistic health needs in Chicago

June 3, 2015

Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV In advance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2015, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce a community outreach partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The campaign, “Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV,”...
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June marks National HIV Testing Day - and a spectrum of events for Chicago

June 2, 2015

In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Chicagoland's Step Up. Get Tested., presented by Harmony, A WellCare Company, will host a monthlong series of events designed to engage the city and surrounding areas around HIV testing. Step Up. Get Tested. started in 2012 as a collaborative to provide HIV testing in highly vulnerable communities, increase the amount of individuals...
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Partisan gridlock, Gov's Turnaround Agenda keep HIV funding uncertain in IL

June 1, 2015

Each year, May 31 marks the end of the Spring Legislative Session. Typically, Illinois’ House, Senate and governor come to an agreement on a state budget and any substantive changes that will go into effect at the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1. This May 31, however, was anything but typical. The House and Senate last week passed budgets for state agencies...
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Threatened supportive housing cuts could displace thousands - and raise state health care costs

May 28, 2015

This article is the third 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.   Behind thirty front doors...
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AFC raises big money for PrEP and HIV services at 30th Year Gala

May 26, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) commemorated its 30th year of action in the HIV/AIDS community with a celebratory gala on Saturday, May 16, at the Hilton Chicago. The milestone event hosted 680 guests and raised significant funds for ongoing prevention, care and advocacy services in the fight against HIV epidemic nationwide. Actress Amy Landecker, of the Golden Globe award-winning series...
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Next stop: success

May 13, 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. While visiting the Austin Health Center of Cook County CBC Initiative, you may come across Derrick Burris, a volunteer peer educator working with the...
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Budget cuts target organizations supporting Black gay men including a vital link to care

May 8, 2015

This article is the second 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.   As Illinois legislators...
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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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