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A Community of Independence

June 15, 2012

Vincent Moorman, at left, and Bobby Lynn Benson participate in a recent Tenant Empowerment Seminar. AFC Photos-Anne Sanicki At tenant seminars, clients learn independent living skills and gain a sense of community. By Anne Sanicki On a sunny May afternoon on Chicago’s West Side, a group of men and women gathered around a conference table and engaged...
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Sign Up for 6/19 PrEP Webinar!

June 14, 2012

Still confused about PrEP? Don't know what to make of the controversy surrounding it? Sign up for next week's webinar! In response to recent news from the FDA regarding the use of the drug Truvada for prevention, Mapping Pathways , AIDS United and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago are presenting a webinar focusing on the ARV-based strategy PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis.)...
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Illinois Legislators Gut HIV Funding

June 1, 2012

Illinois General Assembly Guts HIV Funding, Enacts 42% Cut Largest HIV funding cut in Illinois history is likely to result in new HIV cases, fuel AIDS epidemic SPRINGFIELD, IL – In a devastating blow to statewide efforts to curb the AIDS epidemic, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a state budget yesterday that slashes funding for community-based HIV prevention, care...
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ALERT: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Changes Date

May 30, 2012

High-profile fundraiser to combat HIV/AIDS now scheduled for Sept. 30 Important Announcement : The date for the 2012 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has been changed to Sunday, Sept. 30. The new date is one day later than previously communicated. We need your help to pass this update on to your readers, community partners, clients, friends and family.  ...
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Challenge Grant Projects Boldly Move Forward

May 29, 2012

AIDS Foundation of Chicago Announces 11 New Challenge Grants to Fund a Diverse and Innovative Group of Public Health Projects The grants, made possible by the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, meet needs in every part of Chicago. In the South Shore neighborhood, a home for the chronically ill and homeless is extending much-needed employment services and HIV outreach for others in...
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Medicaid Reforms Will Harm People With HIV

May 28, 2012

Illinois General Assembly Enacts Medicaid Reforms That Are Likely to Harm People with HIV Lawmakers Amend but do not Remove Medication Access Restrictions; Implementation Details Critical SPRINGFIELD - On May 24, the Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping package of changes to the Medicaid program.  Governor Pat Quinn is likely to sign the changes into law....
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A Global Dream for Women's Health

May 25, 2012

By Melissa Janiszewski Brenda was volunteering in a Swaziland village, helping to build a small clinic where pregnant women in the village could safely birth their babies. The village was in a remote location, and many doctors found it difficult to get there. Scared and alone, many of the women gave birth alone and suffered permanent health complications, which often...
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Ball Offers Vogueing and HIV Outreach

May 24, 2012

A dancer vogues at a past ball event. Photo courtesy of Todd Diederich. This Sunday night, the Chicago House is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Memories of a Mini Ball, an event that promises to be legendary in more ways than one. For the uninitiated, the “Ballroom community” is a historically a dynamic LBGT subculture in which people can compete for prizes and...
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HIV-Positive Triathlete Inspires Change

May 22, 2012

In this inspiring Medill News Service story, Jay Sympson is featured as an HIV-positive triathlete. Sympson, who was diagnosed with HIV nearly 25 years ago, trains with the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), which raises money and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. This year's T2 events include the the Chicago Marathon, the Wrigley Field...
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What's NATO Got to do With HIV?

May 18, 2012

Activists rally in support of the Robin Hood Tax ahead of a NATO Summit in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of Occupy Wall St . By Jim Merrell CHICAGO, IL - Usually, when NATO descends on a city it's more about destroying targets than being one. This week, however, activists from across the world have flipped the cross hairs as the NATO summit in Chicago is targeted as...
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