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Open Letter to President Obama and World AIDS Day Panelists

November 30, 2011

This is an open letter to President Barack Obama and the World AIDS Day panelists, including President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, California Rep. Barbara Lee, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bono and Alicia Keys. The historic discussion will take place on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, at George Washington University, and can be viewed from the (RED) website...
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IDPH Budget Webinar

November 28, 2011

On November 22, 2011, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) hosted a webinar that discussed IDPH’s FY12 budget.  This legislative year the General Assembly combined all HIV funding for IDPH into one budget line item.  What to find out how IDPH plans on spending and allocating these funds? Click here and view...
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A Setback in Microbicide Research

November 28, 2011

A disappointing setback in microbicide research was announced on Black Friday, as a gel intended to protect women from HIV was dropped from an important study because it didn't prove to be effective. The vaginal microbicide gel was the second "arm," or experiment, to be dropped from the the VOICES (Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic) trial in Africa. Both the gel and...
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Interview with South African Author Jonny Steinberg

November 23, 2011

As a journalist and an author, Jonny Steinberg has covered a wide swath of issues in his homeland of South Africa. But when he delved into the HIV/AIDS epidemic in his 2008 novel “Sizwe’s Test: A Young Man’s Journey Through Africa’s AIDS Epidemic,” it was Steinberg’s most intimate work. “For that book to succeed, I really had to understand what...
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AFC Makes "The POZ 100"

November 22, 2011

POZ , the well-known HIV magazine, has unveiled its annual “The POZ 100” — a top 100 list of things, people and ideas from the past year. And, lo and behold, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago made the list three times. In alphabetical order, Julie Davids (no. 27), David Ernesto Munar (no. 68) and Jim Pickett (no. 74) were all recognized for their leadership in the...
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Lois Bates, Trans-Activist, Dies

November 17, 2011

Lois Bates in 2010.            Photo courtesy of Hal Baim/Windy City Times and chicagogayhistory.org Lois Bates, a longtime transgender activist in Chicago, died today. Bates was the transgender health manager at the Howard Brown Health Center. Over the years, in addition to being an outspoken HIV activist, she...
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Crunch Time for Super Committee

November 16, 2011

One week -- that's how long the so-called Super Committee has to reach an agreement on how to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. So far, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago has sent over 2,600 messages to lawmakers, through the Super Friends action alert, to urge them to come up with a plan that will not harm HIV/AIDS funding. If you haven't already...
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Healing the Prison System

November 12, 2011

Aaron Burks, Sr., shares his story at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago on Saturday.   AFC Photo-Ed Negron Sixteen years ago, when Aaron Burks, Sr., robbed a Minneapolis convenience store with his fingers pointed like a gun in his pocket, he had wanted the police to shoot him down. He was HIV-positive, struggling with stigma and his own sexual identity,...
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Rectal! Rectal! Read all about it!

November 12, 2011

Jim Pickett speaks at a gay men's policy panel on Friday at USCA.                   AFC Photo-Ed Negron The word elicits a certain reaction from people. “People say the word ‘rectal’ and they -- ,” said Jim Pickett, going into a simulated full body shudder of...
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Mapping Pathways to Prevention

November 11, 2011

Leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS listen to a Mapping Pathways presentation at USCA on Thursday. -- AFC Photos-Ed Negron There are many people talking about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in the HIV/AIDS community. Some are all for it, others not so much.   “The conversations are happening but not in any focused way,” said Jessica Terlikowski,...
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