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Ball Offers Vogueing and HIV Outreach

May 24, 2012

A dancer vogues at a past ball event. Photo courtesy of Todd Diederich. This Sunday night, the Chicago House is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Memories of a Mini Ball, an event that promises to be legendary in more ways than one. For the uninitiated, the “Ballroom community” is a historically a dynamic LBGT subculture in which people can compete for prizes and...
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HIV-Positive Triathlete Inspires Change

May 22, 2012

In this inspiring Medill News Service story, Jay Sympson is featured as an HIV-positive triathlete. Sympson, who was diagnosed with HIV nearly 25 years ago, trains with the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), which raises money and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. This year's T2 events include the the Chicago Marathon, the Wrigley Field...
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What's NATO Got to do With HIV?

May 18, 2012

Activists rally in support of the Robin Hood Tax ahead of a NATO Summit in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of Occupy Wall St . By Jim Merrell CHICAGO, IL - Usually, when NATO descends on a city it's more about destroying targets than being one. This week, however, activists from across the world have flipped the cross hairs as the NATO summit in Chicago is targeted as...
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The "Little Campaign That Could"

May 18, 2012

The Change My Story team at the Golden Trumpet Awards, from left to right, Alicia Bunton, Director of Care and Quality Improvement; Johnathon Briggs, Chief Officer of External Relations; Wady Guzman, Graphic Design/Web Content Coordinator. By Johnathon E. Briggs and Alicia Bunton Inside the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, at the premier awards competition for Chicago’s...
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From Transgender Life, a Passion for Social Justice is Born

May 17, 2012

Pete Subkoviak, policy coordinator for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. AFC Photo-Ed Negron Born a girl, Pete Subkoviak began telling his parents he was a boy at age 3. “In general, I would say I was a really happy kid except for the whole wrong body thing,” Subkoviak quipped in a recent interview. At 17, he finally found the word to describe himself...
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Keeping Track of HIV Care

May 14, 2012

By Eva Westley In Chicago, as elsewhere in the country, more people depend on HIV-related care, case management, housing, food vouchers and mental health services than ever before. But how do you track all of that? How do you measure the success of an integrated system of care and supportive services for thousands of people?   In a time when increasingly...
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A Powerful Day, a Call to Action

May 14, 2012

Linda Coon is the project director of the Families' and Children's AIDS Network (FCAN) . She traveled with a group of HIV advocates to Springfield last week. Below are her thoughts on the experience. By Linda Coon "If the choice is her medication or our housing, we will be homeless." That was an actual quote from an HIV-negative man who was speaking on behalf of...
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AFC Joins Other AIDS Groups in Support of PrEP

May 2, 2012

Leading AIDS Advocates Support FDA Approval of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a Promising New HIV Prevention Method, for Men and Women Written Comments to FDA Advisory Committee Cite Compelling Evidence for PrEP and Urgent Need for Every Available Tool to End AIDS New York, May 1, 2012 – In public comments submitted this week, a group of 14 leading...
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In Occupy Movement, AIDS Activists Find Common Ground

April 30, 2012

Julie Davids, at center with sign, and other AIDS activists joined Occupy Wall Street last week. (Photo courtesy of Kaytee Riek) AIDS activism has a rich history of taking advocacy to the streets, into city halls and state houses, and into American consciousness. Last week, veterans of ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — joined the Occupy movement...
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Putting a Face with the Numbers

April 23, 2012

Advocate Renee Radosz, at right, speaks to Rep. Mary Flowers about opposing cuts to HIV services. AFC Photos-Ed Negron The advocates woke in the dark before dawn and trudged half-asleep onto a bus bound for Springfield. Bound together by a single purpose, they came from Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods, from the rural communities of southern and western Illinois,...
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