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The "Little Campaign That Could"

May 18, 2012

The Change My Story team at the Golden Trumpet Awards, from left to right, Alicia Bunton, Director of Care and Quality Improvement; Johnathon Briggs, Chief Officer of External Relations; Wady Guzman, Graphic Design/Web Content Coordinator. By Johnathon E. Briggs and Alicia Bunton Inside the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, at the premier awards competition for Chicago’s...
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From Transgender Life, a Passion for Social Justice is Born

May 17, 2012

Pete Subkoviak, policy coordinator for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. AFC Photo-Ed Negron Born a girl, Pete Subkoviak began telling his parents he was a boy at age 3. “In general, I would say I was a really happy kid except for the whole wrong body thing,” Subkoviak quipped in a recent interview. At 17, he finally found the word to describe himself...
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Keeping Track of HIV Care

May 14, 2012

By Eva Westley In Chicago, as elsewhere in the country, more people depend on HIV-related care, case management, housing, food vouchers and mental health services than ever before. But how do you track all of that? How do you measure the success of an integrated system of care and supportive services for thousands of people?   In a time when increasingly...
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A Powerful Day, a Call to Action

May 14, 2012

Linda Coon is the project director of the Families' and Children's AIDS Network (FCAN) . She traveled with a group of HIV advocates to Springfield last week. Below are her thoughts on the experience. By Linda Coon "If the choice is her medication or our housing, we will be homeless." That was an actual quote from an HIV-negative man who was speaking on behalf of...
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AFC Joins Other AIDS Groups in Support of PrEP

May 2, 2012

Leading AIDS Advocates Support FDA Approval of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a Promising New HIV Prevention Method, for Men and Women Written Comments to FDA Advisory Committee Cite Compelling Evidence for PrEP and Urgent Need for Every Available Tool to End AIDS New York, May 1, 2012 – In public comments submitted this week, a group of 14 leading...
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In Occupy Movement, AIDS Activists Find Common Ground

April 30, 2012

Julie Davids, at center with sign, and other AIDS activists joined Occupy Wall Street last week. (Photo courtesy of Kaytee Riek) AIDS activism has a rich history of taking advocacy to the streets, into city halls and state houses, and into American consciousness. Last week, veterans of ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — joined the Occupy movement...
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Putting a Face with the Numbers

April 23, 2012

Advocate Renee Radosz, at right, speaks to Rep. Mary Flowers about opposing cuts to HIV services. AFC Photos-Ed Negron The advocates woke in the dark before dawn and trudged half-asleep onto a bus bound for Springfield. Bound together by a single purpose, they came from Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods, from the rural communities of southern and western Illinois,...
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Making Our Voices Heard

April 20, 2012

  It was a busy week in the news for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and its network of advocates. On Wednesday, about 200 hundred HIV/AIDS advocates traveled to Springfield, for AFC's annual Lobby Day, to fight the proposed $4 million in HIV service cuts. At the same time, Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed a plan to cut $1.3 billion from the state's Medicaid program. Many of...
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AFC Condemns Proposed Medicaid HIV Drug Restrictions

April 19, 2012

Quinn Medicaid Plan Will Limit Access to Life-Saving Medication, Raise Costs for the State, and Increase HIV Cases Today, Gov. Pat Quinn released a litany of proposed Medicaid service cuts designed to reduce the budget by $1.3 billion.  One of these proposals would make it far more difficult for people with HIV to access once-a-day combination pills that have simplified and vastly...
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Plan Unveiled for Rectal Microbicide Research in Africa

April 17, 2012

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