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ACT UP Movie Coming to Chicago

September 12, 2012

The acclaimed documentary, "How to Survive a Plague," is slated to open in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre on Friday, Sept. 21. We expect it to be both a powerful reminder of the past and a clarion call to action for today. The film depicts the dark early days of the AIDS epidemic, the callous disregard of the government to respond...
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From Crunching Numbers to Chasing a Dream

September 12, 2012

Paula Foster, founder of Moments in Frames, has partnered with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in her pursuit of doing meaningful work for a just cause. For every picture frame purchased with the AFC promo code, $5 goes to lifesaving HIV prevention, care and housing services. Foster contributed this blog to Inside Story to explain how she got into this line of work. By Paula Foster...
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Illuminating Life with HIV

September 11, 2012

Jeff Berry is editor of Positively Aware, a Chicago-based magazine for people living with or affected by HIV. By Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware , “A Day with HIV” co-founder Last September, a collection of 120 online photographs gave a face to hundreds of thousands of people in North America who live with HIV every day. This portrait of people...
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Advocates Observe First Ever "Global Female Condom Day"

September 6, 2012

Chicago Female Condom Campaign Helps Lead the Way on Sept. 12 Day of Action, Calls for Greater Access to and Increased Education on Importance of Female Condoms For the first time ever, people from all over the world will observe Global Female Condom Day on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The purpose of this dedicated day of action is to demonstrate the need for these important underutilized...
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The New 2012 Updates of The Illinois HIV Testing Law

August 30, 2012

By John Peller Although summer is in full swing, Illinois health care providers have an unprecedented opportunity to re-examine their routine HIV testing practices, thanks to new regulations and information provided by the state of Illinois. First, the Illinois Department of Public Health released after a nearly four-year delay final regulations implementing updates to...
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Vogueing for Change

August 30, 2012

  If you don't know who Shaun Sperling is, or in the very least know who the "bar mitzvah vogue guy" is, you may be living in a cave. (Or it's also possible you don't constantly troll the Internet for viral videos.) At any rate, Shaun Sperling is a Chicago attorney who found sudden and instant fame recently after he uploaded a home video of his 13-year-old self dancing to Madonna's...
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Illinois Medicaid Continues Access to Life-Saving HIV Drugs

August 30, 2012

We are excited to report victory in our efforts to fight back attempts to restrict access to lifesaving HIV medications for Medicaid recipients.  Earlier this year, the Governor and state lawmakers proposed restricting access to the most effective, one-pill a day HIV medications such as Atripla, Truvada, or Kaletra by imposing a cumbersome, arbitrary prior authorization requirement....
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HIV Testing Fact Sheet 2012

August 23, 2012

Updated HIV Testing Guidelines In May 2012, the Illinois Department of Public Health revised HIV testing regulations to reflect the updated law on HIV testing in Illinois. Our latest fact sheet summarizes the current HIV testing law and regulations, and is a useful guide for clinicians . For more on HIV testing regulations in Illinois: See the revised Illinois HIV/AIDS...
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Transgender Killings Reflect Deeper Injustice

August 17, 2012

By Jim Merrell For the second time in Chicago this year, the life of a gender-variant young person of color was lost to violence. Donta Gooden’s body was found in an abandoned building on the city’s West Side late in the evening of August 14th.  Gooden, 19, who also went by the name “Tiffany,” was stabbed to death just three blocks from where...
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Expect More Dance at Saturday's Dance for Life

August 15, 2012

This Saturday’s Dance for Life event will premiere a new producer and feature more dancing than ever before.  The largest dance performance-based fundraising event in the Midwest benefiting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dancers’ Fund, has said goodbye to Keith Elliott, co-founder and producer, after 20 years. Elliott has decided to step away from the Chicago...
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