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Making Our Voices Heard

April 20, 2012

  It was a busy week in the news for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and its network of advocates. On Wednesday, about 200 hundred HIV/AIDS advocates traveled to Springfield, for AFC's annual Lobby Day, to fight the proposed $4 million in HIV service cuts. At the same time, Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed a plan to cut $1.3 billion from the state's Medicaid program. Many of...
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AFC Condemns Proposed Medicaid HIV Drug Restrictions

April 19, 2012

Quinn Medicaid Plan Will Limit Access to Life-Saving Medication, Raise Costs for the State, and Increase HIV Cases Today, Gov. Pat Quinn released a litany of proposed Medicaid service cuts designed to reduce the budget by $1.3 billion.  One of these proposals would make it far more difficult for people with HIV to access once-a-day combination pills that have simplified and vastly...
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Plan Unveiled for Rectal Microbicide Research in Africa

April 17, 2012

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VIDEO: Funding Cuts Will Cost Lives

April 16, 2012

  Take seven minutes of your day and watch this video on what the proposed budget cuts to HIV services would mean for people in Illinois. On Wednesday, hundreds of Illinois HIV/AIDS advocates will travel to Springfield, Ill., to oppose the devastating $4 million in proposed budget cuts for HIV services. Gov. Pat...
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Triathlete Looks Back, Races Forward

April 16, 2012

Tim Egan, 42, is currently training with the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) for the Chicago Triathlon and the Steelhead 70.3 Ironman race. It will be his third straight year participating in races to raise money and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Not bad for someone who has never considered himself an athlete. “My main motivation is to raise as much money as I possibly...
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Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Data Geek

April 13, 2012

Keri Rainsberger is director of data services at AFC.    AFC Photos-Ed Negron By Eva Westley It’s not the most glamorous work: keeping track of visits to case managers, trips to the hospital, viral loads and housing applications for the thousands of people with HIV in Chicago. But with government officials, funders, researchers and the members...
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The Ministry of Being There

April 11, 2012

Youth gather for The Night Ministry's outreach services in Boystown. AFC Photos-Ed Negron On a brisk early April night in Boystown, with a nearly full moon tilted in the sky, a group of teens  — many of them homeless — waited in a parking lot on the corner of Belmont and Halsted. Within minutes, two vans belonging to The Night Ministry pulled up to the...
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Huffington Post: Trapped in a Broken System

April 6, 2012

For the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, the Affordable Care Act will be utterly life-changing. For some, it will be life-saving. Just ask Will Wilson, 58, who was diagnosed with "full-blown AIDS" in 2002. "It will basically mean freedom," said Wilson, a Chicago resident and an advocate for the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy. For the first time,...
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Registration Opens for the 2012 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

April 2, 2012

  High-profile fundraiser to combat HIV/AIDS unveils new location, website, community partners, logo; 85-year-old woman to honor son with 20th consecutive stride at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago CHICAGO – A model of commitment and determination, Mae Smith has not missed a single AIDS Run & Walk Chicago since her son, Ron, died of AIDS 20 years ago in 1993....
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An Evening of Angels, Reflection and Looking Forward

March 30, 2012

David Ernesto Munar, president/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, speaks at the 2012 Dinner with Tony Kushner. AFC Photos-Ed Negron Below are David Ernesto Munar's remarks from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 2012 Dinner with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote Angels in America. The dinner was held on March 27, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago, and raised...
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