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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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AFC Weighs in on New CDC Data

January 2, 2013

In case you missed it, here's a quick roundup of AFC in the news, over the holiday week, responding to the latest HIV statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in late December. To read AFC's full statement in response to the CDC statistics, click here . Leslie Mann, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune , focused her story on the rise of HIV infections...
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AFC Statement on New HIV Data

December 21, 2012

New national and local HIV data is both affirmation of ongoing efforts and a call to do more. Media contact: John Peller, 312-334-0921 At the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, we are cautiously encouraged by new data released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that new HIV cases remained relatively stable from 2007-2010 at about 50,000 cases...
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