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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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What can internet search engines reveal about STD trends and risk?

July 1, 2014

In an invited talk at the 2014 STD Prevention Conference , the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Director of Research, Evaluation and Data Services, Amy Johnson, along with UIC Associate Professor Supriya Mehta, discussed the application of search engine data to sexually transmitted disease (STD) surveillance. Highlighting their current study published in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases...
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31 CommunityDirect Partners to raise funds through 2014 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

July 1, 2014

Registration now open for fitness event on Sunday, Sept. 14 in Grant Park CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to announce the names of 31 community organizations that will raise funds through this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago event on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Arvey Field in Grant Park. This annual event, produced by AFC and Special Events Management, will...
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