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Harmony and AFC partner to bring awareness to testing, treatment and holistic health needs in Chicago

June 3, 2015

Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV In advance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2015, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce a community outreach partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The campaign, “Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV,”...
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June marks National HIV Testing Day - and a spectrum of events for Chicago

June 2, 2015

In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Chicagoland's Step Up. Get Tested., presented by Harmony, A WellCare Company, will host a monthlong series of events designed to engage the city and surrounding areas around HIV testing. Step Up. Get Tested. started in 2012 as a collaborative to provide HIV testing in highly vulnerable communities, increase the amount of individuals...
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Partisan gridlock, Gov's Turnaround Agenda keep HIV funding uncertain in IL

June 1, 2015

Each year, May 31 marks the end of the Spring Legislative Session. Typically, Illinois’ House, Senate and governor come to an agreement on a state budget and any substantive changes that will go into effect at the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1. This May 31, however, was anything but typical. The House and Senate last week passed budgets for state agencies...
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Threatened supportive housing cuts could displace thousands - and raise state health care costs

May 28, 2015

This article is the third in AFC’s Cuts to the Cascade series, which focuses on the people, programs and communities representing columns of the HIV treatment cascade . All of the Cuts to the Cascade subjects are under threat of losing vital state support as a result of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Illinois budget.   Behind thirty front doors...
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AFC raises big money for PrEP and HIV services at 30th Year Gala

May 26, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) commemorated its 30th year of action in the HIV/AIDS community with a celebratory gala on Saturday, May 16, at the Hilton Chicago. The milestone event hosted 680 guests and raised significant funds for ongoing prevention, care and advocacy services in the fight against HIV epidemic nationwide. Actress Amy Landecker, of the Golden Globe award-winning series...
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Next stop: success

May 13, 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. While visiting the Austin Health Center of Cook County CBC Initiative, you may come across Derrick Burris, a volunteer peer educator working with the...
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Budget cuts target organizations supporting Black gay men including a vital link to care

May 8, 2015

This article is the second in AFC’s Cuts to the Cascade series, which focuses on the people, programs and communities representing columns of the HIV treatment cascade . All of the Cuts to the Cascade subjects are under threat of losing vital state support as a result of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Illinois budget.   As Illinois legislators...
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Governor doesn't make the grade in 100 Days HIV/AIDS Report Card

April 22, 2015

This week marks Governor Bruce Rauner’s 100th day in office. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has issued a “report card” grading his work on issues affecting those living with and vulnerable to HIV during his first 100 days . In Illinois, less than 50% of people living with HIV are linked to care and virally suppressed. HIV continues to ravage communities of...
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Governor Rauner meets with advocates about HIV funding

April 17, 2015

On April 15, 50 advocates traveled to Springfield to speak to their elected officials and demand a stop to Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts to HIV funding, Medicaid and the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act Fund. These funds provide essential programs and services that keep HIV-positive individuals and those vulnerable to HIV healthy. The governor’s proposed cuts are...
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"After 30 years, what do you look for out of life?"

April 14, 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. Larry Hill is a 50-year-old returning citizen currently residing in Chicago. Hill desires to be an advocate and speak up for those impacted by stigma,...
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