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Health and rights advocates mobilize across the globe to demand female condoms

September 15, 2014

On September 16, sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates from around the world will take part in the third annual Global Female Condom Day (GFCD), a day of education and advocacy dedicated to increasing awareness, accessibility, and use of female condoms worldwide. This year, individuals and groups will join a “Dance4Demand” campaign to show the world that people want...
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T2's Ironman 70.3 Steelhead finisher achieves huge fitness and fundraising goals

September 7, 2014

The Team to End AIDS (T2) has for five years offered people who are interested in completing an endurance event the opportunity to raise significant funds toward the fight to end HIV/AIDS while getting trained for athletic success. Through its triathlon, Steelhead, half-marathon and marathon training programs and fundraising guidance, T2 athletes have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars —...
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A T-shirt represents one artist's commitment to end AIDS

September 5, 2014

Art has the powerful capacity to unite communities. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) collaborated with Chicago artist Anastasia Mak, who created a memorable T-shirt design for top fundraisers participating in AFC's upcoming event, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. As event day approaches, participants are connecting with their communities to support vital HIV/AIDS services. Mak's...
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Through performance art, new narratives emerge about chronic illness

September 3, 2014

After being diagnosed as HIV-positive two years ago, Chicago-based performance artist, multimedia producer, documentarian and teacher Joe Varisco felt an absence: Where are the narratives around HIV that reflected his story, the story and experiences of his communities and their lives? In the months after his diagnosis, he immersed himself in media representations that told the story...
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Gaining a holistic understanding of HIV to help protect vulnerable communities

August 29, 2014

The best way so solve a problem is to know it from all angles. That’s why Alan Johnson, Linkage to Care Coordinator at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, enrolled in the African American HIV University Science and Treatment College , a year-long research and training program that examines HIV/AIDS from every angle. Sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute and the University of California,...
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"You're not a second-class citizen because you're HIV-positive. You're a human being."

August 21, 2014

HIV — it’s not just a problem in large metropolitan areas. In fact, about one-third of the HIV/AIDS cases in Illinois are among people living outside of Chicago. That’s why places like Open Door Clinic are needed — to serve people living with and at increased vulnerability for HIV in places like Aurora and Elgin. Sacha Urban, a passionate HIV/AIDS advocate and longtime...
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Advocacy groups report to UN on US failures to address the HIV epidemic in communities of color

August 6, 2014

CHICAGO —HIV/AIDS activists have found a unique way to pressure the U.S. to prioritize and address rising rates of HIV among communities of color. In a report submitted to the United Nations, a national coalition of HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations details the disparate impact of HIV/AIDS on communities of color, and identifies the lack of U.S. action on social drivers of the epidemic in those...
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Illinois advocates hail great first step to end discrimination against transgender individuals in health insurance coverage

July 29, 2014

CHICAGO — Several Illinois-based advocacy groups joined together today to praise the Illinois Department of Insurance for taking a crucial first step in addressing discrimination against transgender Illinoisans in insurance coverage. The groups  — the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Lambda Legal and the TransLife Center of Chicago...
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Insights, AFC's monthly newsletter

July 28, 2014

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Kicking stigma to the curb through AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

July 11, 2014

How do you overcome stigma — the dark shadow over an idea or thing that makes people jump to drastic conclusions? For Brad Setter, it’s all about awareness — bringing the thing that’s so stigmatized into the public light to get rid of the shadow. Setter, a 24-year-old student at College of DuPage, knows a thing or two about stigma. He served in the US Marine Corps from...
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