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Medicaid Cuts are Bad News

August 14, 2012

Hundreds gather in AFC co-sponsored town hall meeting to discuss the impact of sweeping Medicaid cuts on communities of color By Sara Semelka In an effort to alleviate Illinois’ financial crisis, the state this summer made deep cuts in Medicaid funding, imposed new restrictions on Medicaid eligibility, programs and services, and enacted a slew of cuts to community-based...
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Illinois Red Ribbon Lottery: It's a win-win!

August 9, 2012

Starting this week, $3 can win you $40,000 while you support the effort to end HIV/AIDS in Illinois! The Illinois Lottery on August 7th re-launched the popular Red Ribbon Cash game, a $3 instant scratch-off lottery ticket. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this lottery game will go toward HIV prevention and care.  The Red Ribbon lottery was first enacted in 2007 and had been...
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What I Learned at AIDS 2012

August 7, 2012

By David Ernesto Munar, CEO/President of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago With a dizzying array of talks, sessions and activities for 24,000 participants, the 19th International AIDS Conference offered participants new information, analyses and research findings to fortify effective global and domestic responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Keeping up with it all...
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AFC Shines a Light at AIDS 2012

August 6, 2012

Tens of thousands of people descended upon Washington, D.C. for the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) during the week of July 22-27. They represented all races, gender identities, continents and walks of life. They were scientists, researchers, diplomats, activists, journalists – and people living with HIV/AIDS. It was truly an incredible global gathering focused...
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Elvis 5K to Benefit TEAM TO END AIDS

August 1, 2012

TEAM TO ENDS AIDS and Fleet Feet Sports Present the 15TH Annual Elvis Is Alive 5K Event Event will benefit the TEAM TO ENDS AIDS and AIDS Foundation of Chicago, helping to fund lifesaving services for the 25,000 Chicagoans living with HIV. Don’t be cruel — lace up those running shoes and join us at The 15th Annual Elvis Is Alive 5K. We promise you’ll feel more...
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AFC Comments on Illinois Navigator Program

July 27, 2012

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires state health care exchanges to establish a “navigator” program that will help people who are eligible to purchase coverage through the exchange learn about their new coverage options and enroll. States will award grants to entities that will provide these services. Navigators will play a critical role in ensuring that Illinois residents have...
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Q&A: Lambda Legal's Scott Schoettes on HIV Criminalization

July 27, 2012

HIV criminalization has emerged as a major issue of the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. Scott Schoettes, an attorney and HIV project director for Lambda Legal , was kind enough to answer some questions about HIV criminalization for the Inside Story blog. Inside Story: In theory, these laws must have been originally created to prevent the spread...
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How Illinois' HIV Criminalization Law Has Changed

July 27, 2012

By Ramon Gardenhire In my role as director of government relations for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), I have to come to terms with the reality that the legislative process often means having to make ugly compromises. This sentiment hit home this past legislative session, when the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that would amend the state’s law that makes exposing...
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AIDS 2012: A Protest in Photos

July 25, 2012

Here are some photos from Tuesday's We Can End AIDS march.            AFC photos-Gregory Trotter Harlan Smith, of Atlanta, Ga., and Tony Zheng, of China, make signs before the mobilization begins.     Activists ascend the stairs at the Walter Washington Convention Center to begin...
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The Sobering Truth of HIV among MSM

July 25, 2012

The idea of “turning the tide” against the AIDS epidemic will prove to be no more than a slogan if more is not done to address the growing number of gay/bisexual men infected with HIV worldwide, experts said today. Speaking at an afternoon press conference today, a panel of experts presented new research – recently published in a series in the medical journal, The Lancet...
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