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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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Better red (or green or yellow or grape-flavored) than dead

June 25, 2014

Kristina Rasmussen, Executive Vice President of the Illinois Policy Institute, took Illinois to task by calling out its $1 million budget for condoms and lubricant. Every new HIV case costs an estimated $390,000 in lifetime medical costs, much of which is paid for by the state. HIV cases are rising fastest among young gay and bisexual men (and particularly young African Americans and...
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Community-based testing programs link newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals with care

June 17, 2014

Through its HIV-VIP Linkage to Care Program the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) uses social media and outreach to promote community-based testing to hard-to-reach populations. This program also offers immediate linkage to one of 12 medical homes, which typically initiate care within 72 hours of diagnosis and use culturally competent HIV testers and care coordinators to support patients in choosing...
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Ten years after HIV-positive diagnosis, AIDS Run & Walk marks a new chapter in one runner's life

June 16, 2014

So much can change in ten years — in world history, in fashion trends and in the way someone manages his relationship with HIV/AIDS. Ten years ago, Armando Ramirez received some upsetting news: he was HIV-positive. For three years before that, he had been on his own, rejected by his family after Ramirez told them he is gay. Ramirez, now 34 years old and living in...
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HIV testing project serves people where they are, when they're there

June 6, 2014

On a late night at the corner of 47th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, anything can happen. If this popular hangout spot for gay, transgender, and homeless folks on Chicago's South Side could talk, it would have a lot to say. And I wanted to get in on that conversation. As the prevention program manager for AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), it's my job to know who in Chicago needs...
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Illinois General Assembly Votes to Protect HIV/AIDS and Supportive Housing Services

June 3, 2014

Human Service Appropriations Chairs Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans champions of HIV/AIDS funding SPRINGFIELD — Amid partisan turmoil in the statehouse, the Illinois General Assembly voted in its last days of session in May to increase funding for HIV/AIDS services in the 2015 budget by $1 million. This move comes after weeks of uncertainty about the future of HIV/AIDS...
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Getting on board with PrEP: "It all starts with making one choice"

May 28, 2014

Curtis Lewis is just like many 22-year-olds: he is a student at Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond, IN. And when he’s not studying, he’s also an actor: he will be featured in Gary Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet as Romeo this summer. Lewis is also a sexually active gay male, and he’s taking preventive measures to keep himself HIV-negative. Curtis...
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Illinois governor's office warns ACA health insurance plans against HIV/AIDS discrimination

May 27, 2014

Announcement sets stage for better HIV medication coverage in 2015   CHICAGO — In a statement issued on May 23 , Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron informs insurers that the department will not permit health insurance plans that discriminate against people living with HIV/AIDS to be sold on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015...
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HIV medication coverage guide released for Medicaid and other ACA plans

May 16, 2014

To help people with HIV choose Medicaid and Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative HMO plans in Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has collected and published information on HIV medication coverage for each plan. These plans are available for people on Medicaid because they are disabled, on Medicaid and Medicare (“dual-eligible”), or who enrolled through the Affordable Care...
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