News

All News

Advocates Observe First Ever "Global Female Condom Day"

September 6, 2012

Chicago Female Condom Campaign Helps Lead the Way on Sept. 12 Day of Action, Calls for Greater Access to and Increased Education on Importance of Female Condoms For the first time ever, people from all over the world will observe Global Female Condom Day on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The purpose of this dedicated day of action is to demonstrate the need for these important underutilized...
Read more...

The New 2012 Updates of The Illinois HIV Testing Law

August 30, 2012

By John Peller Although summer is in full swing, Illinois health care providers have an unprecedented opportunity to re-examine their routine HIV testing practices, thanks to new regulations and information provided by the state of Illinois. First, the Illinois Department of Public Health released after a nearly four-year delay final regulations implementing updates to...
Read more...

Vogueing for Change

August 30, 2012

  If you don't know who Shaun Sperling is, or in the very least know who the "bar mitzvah vogue guy" is, you may be living in a cave. (Or it's also possible you don't constantly troll the Internet for viral videos.) At any rate, Shaun Sperling is a Chicago attorney who found sudden and instant fame recently after he uploaded a home video of his 13-year-old self dancing to Madonna's...
Read more...

Illinois Medicaid Continues Access to Life-Saving HIV Drugs

August 30, 2012

We are excited to report victory in our efforts to fight back attempts to restrict access to lifesaving HIV medications for Medicaid recipients.  Earlier this year, the Governor and state lawmakers proposed restricting access to the most effective, one-pill a day HIV medications such as Atripla, Truvada, or Kaletra by imposing a cumbersome, arbitrary prior authorization requirement....
Read more...

HIV Testing Fact Sheet 2012

August 23, 2012

Updated HIV Testing Guidelines In May 2012, the Illinois Department of Public Health revised HIV testing regulations to reflect the updated law on HIV testing in Illinois. Our latest fact sheet summarizes the current HIV testing law and regulations, and is a useful guide for clinicians . For more on HIV testing regulations in Illinois: See the revised Illinois HIV/AIDS...
Read more...

Transgender Killings Reflect Deeper Injustice

August 17, 2012

By Jim Merrell For the second time in Chicago this year, the life of a gender-variant young person of color was lost to violence. Donta Gooden’s body was found in an abandoned building on the city’s West Side late in the evening of August 14th.  Gooden, 19, who also went by the name “Tiffany,” was stabbed to death just three blocks from where...
Read more...

Expect More Dance at Saturday's Dance for Life

August 15, 2012

This Saturday’s Dance for Life event will premiere a new producer and feature more dancing than ever before.  The largest dance performance-based fundraising event in the Midwest benefiting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dancers’ Fund, has said goodbye to Keith Elliott, co-founder and producer, after 20 years. Elliott has decided to step away from the Chicago...
Read more...

Medicaid Cuts are Bad News

August 14, 2012

Hundreds gather in AFC co-sponsored town hall meeting to discuss the impact of sweeping Medicaid cuts on communities of color By Sara Semelka In an effort to alleviate Illinois’ financial crisis, the state this summer made deep cuts in Medicaid funding, imposed new restrictions on Medicaid eligibility, programs and services, and enacted a slew of cuts to community-based...
Read more...

Illinois Red Ribbon Lottery: It's a win-win!

August 9, 2012

Starting this week, $3 can win you $40,000 while you support the effort to end HIV/AIDS in Illinois! The Illinois Lottery on August 7th re-launched the popular Red Ribbon Cash game, a $3 instant scratch-off lottery ticket. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this lottery game will go toward HIV prevention and care.  The Red Ribbon lottery was first enacted in 2007 and had been...
Read more...

What I Learned at AIDS 2012

August 7, 2012

By David Ernesto Munar, CEO/President of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago With a dizzying array of talks, sessions and activities for 24,000 participants, the 19th International AIDS Conference offered participants new information, analyses and research findings to fortify effective global and domestic responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Keeping up with it all...
Read more...