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Healing the Prison System

November 12, 2011

Aaron Burks, Sr., shares his story at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago on Saturday.   AFC Photo-Ed Negron Sixteen years ago, when Aaron Burks, Sr., robbed a Minneapolis convenience store with his fingers pointed like a gun in his pocket, he had wanted the police to shoot him down. He was HIV-positive, struggling with stigma and his own sexual identity,...
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Rectal! Rectal! Read all about it!

November 12, 2011

Jim Pickett speaks at a gay men's policy panel on Friday at USCA.                   AFC Photo-Ed Negron The word elicits a certain reaction from people. “People say the word ‘rectal’ and they -- ,” said Jim Pickett, going into a simulated full body shudder of...
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Mapping Pathways to Prevention

November 11, 2011

Leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS listen to a Mapping Pathways presentation at USCA on Thursday. -- AFC Photos-Ed Negron There are many people talking about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in the HIV/AIDS community. Some are all for it, others not so much.   “The conversations are happening but not in any focused way,” said Jessica Terlikowski,...
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Glimpsing USCA

November 11, 2011

  Above, AFC President/CEO David Ernesto Munar applauds an impromptu protest at Thursday morning's opening plenary session at the United States Conference on AIDS. At left, Jeff Crowley, the outgoing director of the Office for National AIDS Policy, addresses the audience. -- AFC Photos-Ed Negron Ed Negron is a freelance photographer, in addition to a housing...
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A Revolution of Hope

November 10, 2011

Protestors voice concerns over the marginalization of Asian-Americans, Native Americans and Pacific-Islanders at the United States Conference on AIDS. -- AFC Photo-Ed Negron Would you care for some revolution with your toast? Powerful speeches, calls to action, an unexpected protest for justice – this all occurred over breakfast, as the United States Conference on...
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A Catalyst for HIV Prevention Justice

November 9, 2011

Hadiyah Charles, of Brooklyn, N.Y., addresses the group at the HIV Prevention Justice Leadership Assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. -- AFC Photo-Ed Negron. Pat Kelly, an African-American woman from New York, found out she was HIV-positive 26 years ago. Now, she leads an HIV/AIDS outreach program through her church in Orangeburg, S.C. She doesn't get paid for her work,...
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Fighting for a More Just World

November 9, 2011

It's time to seize the unique opportunity of ending the AIDS epidemic, an opportunity afforded by recent medical advances. But first, there are obstacles to HIV prevention justice to overcome. How exactly can that be done? Hashing that out is one objective of the inaugural HIV Prevention Justice Leadership Assembly in Chicago today, a day before the United States Conference on AIDS officially...
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"Creating an AIDS-Free Generation"

November 8, 2011

The "big news" of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks today at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md., might be that she appointed Ellen DeGeneres to be the Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. We'll get to that in a minute. What's perhaps even more interesting, though, is what was not said in Clinton's remarks, titled "Creating an AIDS-free Generation." Clinton...
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Twenty Years Later, Magic Still Smiling

November 7, 2011

  He was known for his no-look passes, his uncanny court vision, his brilliant smile. And, 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson became known for something else -- HIV. Magic announced his HIV-positive status and retired from basketball on the same day, though he would come back for a brief stint before retiring again. He started the Magic Johnson Foundation , which continues...
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Welcome, United States Conference on AIDS!

November 7, 2011

Experts, advocates and leaders in the HIV/AIDS community will travel to Chicago from all over the country this weekend for the United States Conference on AIDS. The 15th Annual USCA, facilitated by the National Minority AIDS Council, will be at the Sheraton Chicago Towers and Hotel, Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to be serving on the...
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