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Hip-Hop Cares About HIV. Yes, Really.

March 29, 2012

Donté Smith is a member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Americorps team. At times, hip-hop lovers who also believe in social justice can grow discouraged by the homophobia and misogyny so rampant in today’s brand of beats and rhymes. But tomorrow night, there will be a refreshing showcase of hip-hop talent performing for a most worthy cause: to enhance the...
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A Doctor Finds Calling in Forgotten Youth

March 21, 2012

Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid poses with her family. From left to right, daughter Lorelle, son Taylor, Dr. Henry-Reid and her husband Samuel.   Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid remembers when AIDS became personal for her. It was 1996. One of her first AIDS patients, a young man she had grown...
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What will a 50% Cut to HIV Funding do to Illinois?

March 16, 2012

AFC is deeply concerned that and the General Assembly are considering cutting HIV programs by $4 million or 14%, which will actually lower state funding for HIV prevention, housing, corrections, minority health, perinatal HIV, and harm reduction programs by 50%. Based on public health data these cuts could result in 108 additional people becoming infected with HIV, resulting in over $40...
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At 85, a Mother Walks for Her Son

March 13, 2012

  Mae Smith sits with her two of her daughters in her homey Glendale Heights kitchen. A coffeepot gurgles from the counter. Her youngest granddaughter plays quietly in the adjacent living room. If you saw Mae Smith on the street, you might not immediately suspect she’s a passionate and determined HIV/AIDS advocate...
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An Advocate and his Art

March 8, 2012

Gary Metzner poses on a Puerto Vallarta vacation in February 2011.          (Photos courtesy of Scott Johnson) Like twin currents of the same river, Gary Metzner’s passion for art and his own emerging identity pulled him into the HIV/AIDS cause some 20 years ago. Fresh out of college and grad school, he found work at an...
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Confronting HIV Among Youth

March 8, 2012

It's heartening to see the professional journalists of tomorrow care about rising HIV infections among young people. In this story -- written by Veronica J. Smith of the Medill News Service -- Chicago HIV experts and advocates talk about what's being done to address the alarming rise in HIV infections among young people. The story provides...
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Praying for the End of AIDS

March 5, 2012

The pastors took their seats at the table next to HIV-positive advocates last Monday as light streamed in through the multicolored stained glass windows at the Trinity United Church of Christ. It was time to talk about God and AIDS. The panel discussion at the South Side church, facilitated by The Balm in Gilead and sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC),...
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AFC Presents Day of Female Empowerment on March 10

March 5, 2012

Chicago's 2012 Teen Girls & Women’s Health Awareness Day Breaking the Cycle The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and the FAM Entertainment Theater Company are proud to present a day of fun and learning on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. On Saturday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Ford City Shopping Mall, there will be workshops,...
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Take in a Musical and Fight AIDS!

February 24, 2012

Take in some musical theater AND help the fight to end AIDS? That’s the win-win. On Friday, March 2, the Porchlight Music Theatre’s performance of “A Catered Affair” will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Based on the 1950s play that starred Bette Davis, the musical is “a beautiful exploration of the...
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AFC Opposes Proposed Budget Cuts to HIV Services

February 23, 2012

Facing a grim fiscal situation, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed a $33.9 billion state spending plan that includes a $4 million funding reduction for HIV programs.  The governor also proposed deep Medicaid funding cuts, which would severely hamper access to health care for people with HIV. The governor’s proposal seeks $25.4 million in FY13 state funding for HIV services...
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