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Housing Chicago's Most Vulnerable

January 24, 2012

The powerful story of Frank and Anthony Nowotnik, 43-year-old twin brothers recently housed after a hardscrabble life of homelessness, was featured in the Monday Chicago Tribune . We encourage you to read Colleen Mastony’s honest and compelling story, “Warming to Life Indoors.” The inseparable Nowotnik brothers, as the story describes, are still coming to terms...
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The Crime of Being Gay (and Having to Hide It)

January 19, 2012

Jim Pickett (at right) stands with with Brian Kanyemba of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 2011. (AFC Photo)   The dream of the AIDS-free generation will never be realized as long as there remain countries in the world that kill and imprison...
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HIV Prevention Justice Alliance Supports Affordable Care Act

January 17, 2012

(Chicago, IL January 17, 2012) — On Friday, January 13, in the United States Supreme Court, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) aligned itself with fifteen other national HIV advocacy organizations in a friend-of-the-court brief authored by Lambda Legal in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the ACA.  “The U.S. Supreme...
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Surviving Addiction, an Advocate Finds Her Voice

January 17, 2012

Melanie Paul, supportive housing coordinator at AFC. (AFC Photo-Ed Negron) This story is the first in an occasional series of profiles of the people who work for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and its community partners, and of the people we serve.   “So, I was...
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Remembering Fernando Blasco Lagos

January 12, 2012

Fernando Blasco Lagos stands (center with red hat) with his peers at the United States Conference on AIDS in November. (AFC Photo-Ed Negron) Fernando Blasco Lagos, a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate for the Latino community, died on Dec. 23. A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 1305 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago...
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On Faith and HIV

January 10, 2012

"It’s hard for many people to separate the concepts of faith and religion — for some the two go hand in hand. Unfortunately, these days I think many people have been disillusioned with the standard dogma and tenets of modern religion," wrote Jeff Berry, longtime editor of Positively Aware magazine in the Jan./Feb. issue. "... And there is the fire-and-brimstone mentality...
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New Website Explains HIV Health Reform

January 10, 2012

A leading group of HIV advocacy organizations announce the launch of a new website to serve as the go-to source for information, advocacy resources, and news on what health care reform (the Affordable Care Act) means for people living with HIV and their providers. The website — HIVHealthReform.org — is intended to educate people living with HIV, as well as their medical workers...
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100K Homes Campaign Helps Most Vulnerable People

January 10, 2012

Chicago’s single most vulnerable woman — HIV-positive, alcoholic mother of seven, homeless for many years — now has a home. This holiday season, she’s one of Chicago’s 212 most vulnerable homeless people who are sleeping inside, in their own beds, instead of out in the cold. That heartwarming fact is a result of the 100,000 Homes Campaign here in Chicago. One year...
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The Enduring Power of Angels

January 6, 2012

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will welcome Tony Kushner and his groundbreaking play, Angels in America , back to Chicago this spring. Kushner (pictured at right) will be the guest of honor at AFC’s 2012 Dinner on March 27 . Both parts of the play, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika , open at the Court Theatre on April 14. Proceeds from the opener will benefit...
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2011: A Year of Progress, Setbacks

December 31, 2011

Tonight, the ball drops, the glasses of bubbly clink, Kathy Griffin says inappropriate things, Anderson Cooper blushes, and 2011 recedes into memory. For the HIV/AIDS community, it was a year of immense success and change, along with some notable setbacks. Two steps forward, one step back, as the saying goes. Perhaps more than anything, 2011 will be remembered as the year that...
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