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June 16, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) offers our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of last week’s hate crime and terrorist attack in Orlando. This was an attack that has resonated deeply within the LGBTQ community, and we join others who condemn this act of hatred. While we are saddened by this violence, we are also angry. We are angry about the...
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10 movies about HIV/AIDS recommended by AFC staff

May 13, 2016

by Ashley Slupski HIV is not an easy topic to discuss for many of us. However, misinformation about HIV and the people living with the disease continue to fuel stigma. We must talk openly about HIV to increase awareness in our communities and decrease stigma and shame often associated with HIV. AFC staff pulled together 10 movies we think will get the conversation started about HIV...
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Remembering Rosa Rufus

January 24, 2013

Rosa Rufus never said a bad word about anyone. She always had a smile on her face. Such are the memories shared as her friends and colleagues at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago reel from the loss of her presence. Rosa Lee Rufus died in the early morning of Friday, Jan. 18. For eight years, Rufus worked in the finance department for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC),...
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Remembering Fernando Blasco Lagos

January 12, 2012

Fernando Blasco Lagos stands (center with red hat) with his peers at the United States Conference on AIDS in November. (AFC Photo-Ed Negron) Fernando Blasco Lagos, a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate for the Latino community, died on Dec. 23. A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 1305 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago...
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AFC Remembers John Davis

December 14, 2011

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of John Davis, a great warrior in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Davis died on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, after a long battle with HIV. He worked as an emergency services associate, on the housing team, at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in 2007 before leaving for health reasons. Davis will be remembered as a relentless and courageous...
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AIDS Community Remembers Lonnie Fulton

September 28, 2010

Community Advocate Lonnie Fulton passed away on September 9, 2010. His fellow members of the AIDS Housing Advisory Council had these words to share: Susan Armstrong – "Lonnie was a great mentor; my first effort at public speaking was with him." Fernando Blasco – "He was an honest man, a wonderful person and very valuable to the community." Patrice...
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AIDS Community Remembers Lester Ward

September 28, 2010

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Care and Housing Teams mourn the loss of case manger and housing advocate Lester Ward. Lester was a committed and caring individual who formally began his work in the HIV community in 1999 at Asian Human Services. Lester managed to find balance between his career and personal life. He was an avid movie buff and lover of the theater. As an advocate...
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A Tribute to a Legendary Advocacy Dynamo: Hector Hernandez

September 28, 2009

By Jim Pickett, Director of Public Policy Hector fundraising on Michigan Ave. to attend the Campaign to End AIDS event in Washington, DC In the time I have been doing HIV/AIDS advocacy work, I can honestly say I have never come...
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HIV/AIDS Community Mourns Passing of Beth Wehrman

November 5, 2008

This week the HIV/AIDS community lost one of its longtime heroines, Beth Wehrman. Beth was an avid advocate for and provider of lifesaving harm reduction services for some of the most vulnerable in numerous communities in Illinois. Through her agency LifeGuard, Beth ensured that people who injected drugs in the Quad Cities and all the way down to Peoria, had the information and tools necessary...
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AFC Celebrates the Life of the Honorable Larry McKeon

June 18, 2008

Illinois’ HIV/AIDS community suffered a sudden and tragic loss today as word came of the passing of longtime advocate and former Illinois General Assembly member Larry McKeon. McKeon made history as the first openly gay member of the Illinois General Assembly and the first openly HIV positive legislator in Illinois. On May 20, 2008, the House of Representatives held...
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