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Media-Driven Stigma Surrounding HIV Criminalization Case

March 22, 2013

A recent arrest under an antiquated Illinois HIV criminalization law challenges how media handle sensitive information when stigma and livelihood are at stake. The facts of this case are limited: The individual who filed the complaint was “a 24-year-old man,” according to a press release from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged aggressor,...
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AFC Hosts Forum on Innovative Patient-Centered Medical Homes

March 19, 2013

The phrase “patient-centered medical home” has become a buzz word in the field of healthcare, creating competing ideas about what it means. Some providers assume that comprehensive medical services under one roof constitutes a patient-center medical home (PCMH), while others focus more on patients’ requests without the infrastructure to support this model of care....
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Illinios HIV/AIDS Advocates Bring Three-Point Message to Capital Hill

March 14, 2013

HIV/AIDS advocates from across the United States gathered in Washington D.C. this past February to partake in AIDSWatch 2013, the nation’s largest annual constituent-based federal advocacy event. Thanks to the Treatment Access Expansion Project and AIDS United, it was an invigorating two days. In total there were 200 legislative meetings and 170 attendees! The AIDS Foundation...
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IDPH leaders brief community on FY 14 state budget

March 11, 2013

Leaders from Illinois Department of Public Health on March 11, 2013 provided an update on proposed FY 14 state funding for IDPH and the funding outlook for HIV programs. Overall, the news was mixed.  While state general revenue funding for HIV programs has declined significantly over the past three years, IDPH has obtained new sources of state funding, such as the Quality of Life Lottery...
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Finding a Place for Carlos

March 7, 2013

For disadvantaged people with HIV, the road to health and recovery can be a slow and difficult process.  For those who persevere—aided by their own determination and accessible, available vital services—a better future awaits. Consider the path of Carlos (not his real name). He suffered homelessness, drug addiction and alcoholism. To treat his mental and physical illnesses,...
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AIDS Advocates Praise Illinois House Vote to Repeal Discriminatory HIV Law

March 7, 2013

Passage of HB 61 will encourage HIV testing among teens at risk of HIV ALCC media contact: Ricardo Cifuentes 312 427 8990 Ricardo@aidslegal.com AFC media contact: Ramon Gardenhire, 301-379-3024                        rgardenhire@aidschicago.org The effort to repeal...
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Illinois Governor Reduces State HIV Funding

March 7, 2013

State Must Reinvest Savings in HIV Prevention & Services to Link HIV-Positive People to Medical Care SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn released a proposed $35.6 billion state budget on March 6 that would reduce state HIV/AIDS funding by $4.27 million, or 16 percent. “Thanks to President Obama, many people with HIV will gain new health insurance coverage...
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Illinois Governor Reduces State HIV Funding

March 6, 2013

State Must Reinvest Savings in HIV Prevention & Services to Link HIV-Positive People to Medical Care SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn released a proposed $35.6 billion state budget on March 6 that would reduce state HIV/AIDS funding by $4.27 million, or 16 percent. “Thanks to President Obama, many people with HIV will gain new health insurance coverage...
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March 6, 2013

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Behind the Miracle Child a Broken System Lurks

March 6, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - The stories we tell ourselves about the world we live in matter.  While we celebrate this week’s story of an HIV-miracle cure, let’s not forget the story of injustice that made it possible. There have been a lot of stories about this week’s “ Mississippi Miracle ”—the apparent functional cure of a two-year-old girl who was born...
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