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"Queen of Indie Soul" to perform benefit concert at House of Blues

February 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2013 MEDIA CONTACT Johnathon Briggs, (312) 334-0922 jbriggs@aidschicago.org “Queen of Indie Soul” Conya Doss to perform Friday, March 8 at the House of Blues to Raise Awareness about HIV/AIDS Benefit concert will cap two-day observance of national Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by the...
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The Stories That Don't Get Told

January 28, 2013

John is a 26-year-old black man on Chicago’s West Side. He’s HIV-positive. And his name’s not really John. He wouldn’t tell me his real name, which makes sense, as he hasn’t even told his immediate family that he’s been living with HIV for five years. Nor has he told any of his friends. He hides his pill bottles. He admires women from afar, but rarely...
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Dancing for Life, a Chicago Choreographer is Honored

January 28, 2013

A video of the 2008 Dance for Life finale, choreographed by Randy Duncan. Before Randy Duncan found the world’s stage, he got down in the living room. Growing up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago in the 1960s and ‘70s, Duncan would dance with his sister in front of the television, trying to emulate the R&B moves...
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AFC Board Member Turns Loss into Hope

January 24, 2013

AIDS walked into Robert Neubert's life almost 30 years ago. It was the mid-1980s and Neubert was the musical director for a traveling musical theatre tour. His good friend Paul, an actor in the company, was sick and needed further medical attention beyond what was available during a stop in Rockton, Ill. Doctors there were unable to help him and suggested he return home to seek an HIV specialist,...
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Remembering Rosa Rufus

January 24, 2013

Rosa Rufus never said a bad word about anyone. She always had a smile on her face. Such are the memories shared as her friends and colleagues at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago reel from the loss of her presence. Rosa Lee Rufus died in the early morning of Friday, Jan. 18. For eight years, Rufus worked in the finance department for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC),...
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Lube is Slippery, but is it Safe?

January 18, 2013

By Jim Pickett The shocking truth is we don’t know much about the safety of sexual lubricants and whether or not they may actually contribute to the spread of HIV. We know that using condoms with condom-compatible lube is an important HIV prevention intervention. But more than 30 years into the HIV pandemic, we don’t know whether sexual lubricants (lubes) increase,...
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A New Year, and New Medicaid Awaits Us! 2013 Lame Duck Wrap-Up

January 11, 2013

This week, an Illinois legislative body advanced a major piece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when the House Human Services Appropriation Committee passed HB 6253, Medicaid Financing for the Uninsured . Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to cover low-income uninsured people through Medicaid.  We knew we’d have to take...
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Advocates Take Medicaid Fight to Capitol

January 10, 2013

HIV advocates pose in the State House rotunda before seeking out their legislators. By Lucy Baglin In the midst of the Illinois’ notoriously unpredictable "Lame Duck Session," 15 HIV/AIDS advocates and myself headed down to Springfield on Monday to advocate the passage of ‘Medicaid Financing for the Uninsured’ – a bill that would help provide health...
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How Same-Sex Marriage Could Help End AIDS

January 4, 2013

The two lovers gave each other matching silver engagement rings for Christmas. Tom Menard and Topher Duerkes, engaged for a year, may be swapping them in for wedding rings sooner than expected. Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill, sponsored by state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, garnered national attention when it steamrolled its way into a Senate committee vote last...
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WATCH: Driving the HIV Story

January 3, 2013

Driving the Story: Engaging the Media to Expand Health Access for People Living with HIV from Dose of Change on Vimeo . It's important for HIV/AIDS organizations and advocates to be able to engage the media and tell powerful HIV stories, particularly in a time when many Americans seem disinterested. Compelling stories can sway public...
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