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2017 PrEP assessment compares IL Marketplace plans

November 28, 2016

People who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to HIV infection can take a medication to help prevent HIV. Currently, only one medication, Truvada, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of HIV. It is also recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. The AIDS Foundation of...
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Five things providers said about PrEP at a family planning conference

August 25, 2016

by Sara Semelka and Pamela Tassin During the last week of July, Sara Semelka and Pamela Tassin from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Midwest HIV Prevention and Pregnancy Planning Initiative (MHPPPI) and #PrEP4Love projects participated in the 2016 National Reproductive Health Conference , hosted by the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning. They spent three days...
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Meghan Williams: Giving her peers a voice

April 24, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil If you’re a young woman who has experienced hiring discrimination and a lack of resources, it would be easy to give up. Instead, Meghan Williams has turned her past experiences into a way to help others. As a 21-year-old transgender woman, she works with AFC’s Project Elevate, a peer-led STI prevention campaign, on its Youth Expert Advisory Board,...
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PrEP: One woman crosses the gender divide

March 9, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil For many women affected by HIV, it’s easy to feel alone and unsupported. There isn’t always a community welcoming you with open arms — or at least it can feel that way sometimes. Poppy Morgan took matters into her own hands and created her own community. Poppy, 40, is a leader in the nonprofit sector in the western suburbs of Chicago (due...
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Corporate supporter Walgreens finds innovative ways to engage with HIV-positive community

February 29, 2016

For decades, Walgreens has supported the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in its quest to make HIV infections rare and support people living with HIV and related chronic diseases.  Walgreens' Senior Director of Virology Glen Pietrandoni shares his story of serving the HIV community for 30 years. He also explains how Walgreens is uniquely positioned to support people...
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Five #PrEP4Love ways to improve PrEP awareness in Chicago

February 22, 2016

by Elijah McKinnon #PrEP4Love is LIVE! The citywide, sex-positive media campaign was designed to increase awareness of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Below are 5 ways you can get involved with the campaign and continue to help us #SpreadTingle #TransmitLove #CatchDesire and #ContractHeat. Like Project RSP on Facebook and...
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6 Things You Can Do for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 2, 2016

Elijah McKinnon, Digital Communication Coordinator An estimated 1 in 16 Black men and 1 in 32 Black women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes. It’s time to put an end to these sobering statistics. Help us spread the word about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Sunday, Feb. 7th. Below is a roundup of 6 things you can do for #NBHAAD:   Get...
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#WTSWNTS when discussing condomless sex

January 19, 2016

by Elijah McKinnon, digital communications coordinator “What to say // What not to say” is a series that explores the nuances associated with navigating topics related to HIV and AIDS, sexual health and relationships. When’s the last time you frantically searched for a condom in the middle of a hot and steamy moment? As a young, queer person who...
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AFC releases PrEP coverage guide for IL health marketplace plans

November 30, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has prepared a report on the estimated monthly out ‐ of ‐ pocket cost a person can expect to pay for  Truvada as PrEP under each of the plans on the Illinois health insurance marketplace  offered in Cook County . When taken consistently and correctly, PrEP can reduce one’s risk of contracting HIV by close to 100%....
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