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A Life Marked by AIDS (and Hope)

December 21, 2011

David D. Robertson is an empowerment speaker and blogger based in Chicago, Bronzeville to be exact. He recently took the time to write about his life, as an HIV-positive young black man, and his community for Inside Story . You can find out more about Robertson (pictured at right) on his website . *** HIV/AIDS first walked into my life in the fall of 2004...
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FDA Considers Truvada for PrEP

December 19, 2011

An exciting and controversial HIV prevention method called “PrEP” took an important step forward late last week. On Friday, Gilead Sciences, Inc. submitted research data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for consideration of the antiretroviral drug Truvada to be used in a new preventative strategy called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Currently, Truvada is FDA-approved...
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AFC Statement on Federal Funding Ban for Syringe Exchanges

December 19, 2011

On Friday, December 16, Congress sent President Obama the final fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill, which reinstates a prohibition on using federal funding to support syringe exchanges. We implore President Obama to condemn the federal funding ban in the strongest language possible and begin working immediately for its repeal. “Reinstating the ban on federal syringe exchange funding...
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ADAP Experiences Growing Pains

December 16, 2011

In an elevator with strangers, Will Wilson regaled me with the story of recently losing his job as a tour bus guide when an insolent child called him a “fag.” Suffice it to say Wilson lost his temper in response. This somewhat disturbing story was humorous in its telling, though two men in the elevator shuffled their feet and cast sideways glances, apparently uncomfortable with such talk...
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AFC Remembers John Davis

December 14, 2011

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of John Davis, a great warrior in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Davis died on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, after a long battle with HIV. He worked as an emergency services associate, on the housing team, at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in 2007 before leaving for health reasons. Davis will be remembered as a relentless and courageous...
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Syringe Exchanges Caught in Political Crosshairs

December 14, 2011

UPDATE: 12/19, Congress sent President Obama the final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012, which reinstates the ban on federal funding for syringe exchanges. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago strongly opposes the ban and released this statement in response. UPDATE: 12/15 10:30 a.m.  Overnight, the House released an omnibus spending bill that reinstates the ban on...
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Occupy HIV/AIDS!

December 13, 2011

Keri Peters (at left) poses with another Occupy Chicago protestor at a recent protest.   It was probably just a matter of time before the Occupy political movement and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) crossed paths. The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like a prairie fire throughout the United States and beyond -- from the streets of Oakland, Calif.,...
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Bridging the Gap

December 12, 2011

Kenneth (at left) is HIV tested by Mike Jasper, of M.A.D.E. (at right). AFC Photo-Ed Negron On the day before Thanksgiving, a 22-year-old African-American man named Kenneth leaned back in his chair, waiting to find out if he was HIV-positive. It was quiet...
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Alleged Bite Leaves Bitter Taste of Unjust Law

December 6, 2011

An incident last month in which an Oak Park man allegedly bit a police officer upon arrest has again raised questions about Illinois' HIV criminal transmission law, among the harshest of such laws in the country. According to the Chicago Tribune brief , a 36-year-old man allegedly bit a police officer on Nov. 18 when he was arrested for felony retail theft. He was also charged with aggravated...
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Open Letter to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

December 6, 2011

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, met with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Service Providers Council on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, to discuss the AIDS epidemic and concerns that the political climate in Washington could threaten progress. What follows is an open letter of thanks to Sen. Durbin for his support. December 5, 2011 The Honorable Richard J. Durbin United States Senate...
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