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Every Day is National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2012

No one has to live with uncertainty. That is why, in a city-wide effort, the Step Up, Get Tested campaign has set up free HIV testing in the Chicagoland area for National HIV Testing Day (June 27). The Step Up, Get Tested campaign aims to test 5,000 Chicagoans through testing events in various locations from now through July 4. Find out where you can be tested today .  ...
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Once Neglected in Jail, HIV Advocate Now Seeks Justice

June 19, 2012

Arick Buckles, at right, stands with Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, while addressing the crowd at Lobby Day 2012. AFC Photo-Ed Negron By Sara Semelka A federal lawsuit filed Monday by a Chicago man who claims he was denied HIV medication while in jail has shed light on an issue usually hidden in the shadows: health care for people who are both living with HIV and incarcerated...
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A Quilt of Memories Lives On

June 18, 2012

Years ago, Mike Barnes stood before the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington D.C. with the love of his life, Martin “Sky” Bixby. They were both moved by the Quilt's powerful testimony. “He said, ‘I hope someone does that for me someday,’ ” said Barnes, 55, a pharmacist who lives in Lincoln Park. Bixby, who died of AIDS in 1997, (pictured at right) is...
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A Community of Independence

June 15, 2012

Vincent Moorman, at left, and Bobby Lynn Benson participate in a recent Tenant Empowerment Seminar. AFC Photos-Anne Sanicki At tenant seminars, clients learn independent living skills and gain a sense of community. By Anne Sanicki On a sunny May afternoon on Chicago’s West Side, a group of men and women gathered around a conference table and engaged...
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Sign Up for 6/19 PrEP Webinar!

June 14, 2012

Still confused about PrEP? Don't know what to make of the controversy surrounding it? Sign up for next week's webinar! In response to recent news from the FDA regarding the use of the drug Truvada for prevention, Mapping Pathways , AIDS United and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago are presenting a webinar focusing on the ARV-based strategy PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis.)...
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Illinois Legislators Gut HIV Funding

June 1, 2012

Illinois General Assembly Guts HIV Funding, Enacts 42% Cut Largest HIV funding cut in Illinois history is likely to result in new HIV cases, fuel AIDS epidemic SPRINGFIELD, IL – In a devastating blow to statewide efforts to curb the AIDS epidemic, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a state budget yesterday that slashes funding for community-based HIV prevention, care...
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ALERT: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Changes Date

May 30, 2012

High-profile fundraiser to combat HIV/AIDS now scheduled for Sept. 30 Important Announcement : The date for the 2012 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has been changed to Sunday, Sept. 30. The new date is one day later than previously communicated. We need your help to pass this update on to your readers, community partners, clients, friends and family.  ...
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Challenge Grant Projects Boldly Move Forward

May 29, 2012

AIDS Foundation of Chicago Announces 11 New Challenge Grants to Fund a Diverse and Innovative Group of Public Health Projects The grants, made possible by the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, meet needs in every part of Chicago. In the South Shore neighborhood, a home for the chronically ill and homeless is extending much-needed employment services and HIV outreach for others in...
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Medicaid Reforms Will Harm People With HIV

May 28, 2012

Illinois General Assembly Enacts Medicaid Reforms That Are Likely to Harm People with HIV Lawmakers Amend but do not Remove Medication Access Restrictions; Implementation Details Critical SPRINGFIELD - On May 24, the Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping package of changes to the Medicaid program.  Governor Pat Quinn is likely to sign the changes into law....
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A Global Dream for Women's Health

May 25, 2012

By Melissa Janiszewski Brenda was volunteering in a Swaziland village, helping to build a small clinic where pregnant women in the village could safely birth their babies. The village was in a remote location, and many doctors found it difficult to get there. Scared and alone, many of the women gave birth alone and suffered permanent health complications, which often...
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