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PrEP is here to stay: an exploration of thoughts surrounding sex and prevention

July 16, 2015

by Elijah McKinnon Digital Communications Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 16, 2012, Truvada for PrEP has sparked many controversial narratives about the future of HIV prevention — and sex in general.   What’s clear is that PrEP works — and that it’s not a one-size-fits-all...
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Helping clients learn new ways to navigate through obstacles

July 15, 2015

Stigma: In and Out is a monthly series profiling the clients, providers and leaders of AFC's Corrections Case Management program, which helps HIV-positive people emerging from prison or jail get the support they need upon reentry. On a regular workday, Bridgette Funches is awake before the sun comes up, preparing for her day. She arrives to her office at 7 a.m. to prepare for...
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Breaking the barrier: Three ways to overcome access issues for PrEP

July 14, 2015

by Jessica Terlikowski Director of Prevention Technology Education, AIDS Foundation of Chicago This year’s International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence brought researchers, advocates and others in the HIV field to Miami from June 28-30 to discuss the role of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in preventing new infections and supporting the health of people...
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Program equips future public health leaders to impact the HIV landscape

July 8, 2015

In its sixth year, Chicago’s Public Health Boot Camp will provide 12 future HIV public health leaders with core public health concepts for impacting HIV prevention and care activities through a week of training, presentations and collaborative opportunities from July 12-16. Presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and DePaul University’s Master of Public Health...
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Roy's fight against cuts to HIV funding in IL

June 25, 2015

by Megan Moran, development assistant Not many people have sat face-to-face with Governor Bruce Rauner since his January 2015 inauguration and been offered the chance to represent their community in conversation with him. But Roy Ballesteros did — and he has done so much more on behalf of the HIV community in Springfield this spring. Ten years ago, Ballesteros wouldn't have...
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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of federal health care subsidies

June 25, 2015

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled to allow the continuation of federal subsidies through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help people across the U.S. afford health insurance. The landmark case of King v. Burwell was decided on a vote of 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is elated that the court has ruled to continue...
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Declare ADAP an essential service ahead of government shutdown in IL

June 19, 2015

On July 1, Illinois state government will shut down if the General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner cannot come to an agreement on a budget. This could mean a grim future for people with HIV in Illinois, as programs like the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) might shut down. ADAP provides lifesaving HIV medications to low-income people living with HIV. The number of people...
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Beverly elevates young women and transwomen in new youth-led STI prevention campaign

June 18, 2015

by Lawrence Turner Imagine: You are an 18-year-old transgender woman in America today. Your parents no longer take care of you; you need housing, a job, a community, medical care and so much more, but discrimination and ignorance is keeping you from accessing these basic human needs. Or imagine this: You are a young woman who is sexually active, and you do not feel safe talking to...
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Five HIV advocacy victories in Springfield in 2015

June 15, 2015

The regular legislative session has ended. The session is going into overtime, due to our elected officials’ inability to compromise and pass a fair budget or seriously consider new sources of revenue for the state. Despite this partisan gridlock, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and HIV advocates from all over the state have accomplished some amazing work this session! We celebrate...
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Moral Mondays demonstrations call for a fair budget in IL

June 12, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) calls Illinoisans to stand together as one voice to demand that Illinois Pass a Positive Budget and find new sources of revenue to fix our state budget shortfall. Join the AFC , IIRON and other community organizations who are a part of the Responsible Budget Coalition as we gather in downtown Chicago every other Monday for Chicago’s Moral Mondays...
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