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Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago

February 8, 2016

Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016, to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and new solutions to house this vulnerable population in Chicago.  The Chicago Tiny Home Summit will be at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Monday, April 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday,...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago Applauds Passage of HOPWA Program Formula Change

February 4, 2016

AIDS Foundation of Chicago Applauds Passage of HOPWA Program Formula Change February 3, 2016 We thank the U.S. House of Representatives for unanimously passing the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program formula change in an amendment to the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) yesterday. This much-needed change will modernize the manner in which...
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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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Citywide campaign transmits love and shows the sexier side of HIV prevention

February 1, 2016

Chicago, February 1 — Today, the Chicago PrEP Working Group (CPWG) launched PrEP4Love , a citywide, sex-positive media campaign designed to increase awareness of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Honest and visceral photography with a simple tagline — “One pill. Once a day. Protect against HIV.” — is displayed in...
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AFC offers capacity building micro-grants for HIV direct service organizations

January 29, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is soliciting grant applications for its FY 2016 Sustainability and Organizational Development Program . The Program is based on an approach to capacity building that emphasizes agency effectiveness and impact and seeks to enhance the ability of organizations to achieve their missions. Qualified community-based organizations that want to improve agency...
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Top three things missing from Governor Rauner’s state of the state address

January 28, 2016

In his annual State of the State address, Gov. Bruce Rauner talked about a myriad of policy initiatives , from worker’s comp and pension reform to economic development and term limits that he claims will improve the quality of life for all Illinoisans and make the state both “compassionate and competitive.” Here are the top three things the AIDS Foundation of Chicago...
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Joint statement on stopping discrimination against transgender students

January 22, 2016

We stand with transgender and gender nonconforming students in Illinois and denounce the blatantly discriminatory bill recently introduced in the Illinois House by Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine). HB-4474 would force transgender and gender nonconforming students to use separate bathrooms and locker rooms and that’s plain wrong. Not only does this bill promote fear mongering,...
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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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Counter-conference raises awareness of those left out of National HIV/AIDS Strategy

January 15, 2016

by Lindsey Arenberg Policy and advocacy fellow, HIV PJA and AFC The sea of red umbrellas, the symbol of sex worker solidarity, could be seen from the stage of the National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC)’s opening plenary featuring Douglas Brooks, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy for the White House. The umbrellas were part of a protest organized by AFC Community...
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10 tweets that tell the story of HIV in 2015

January 14, 2016

2015 was a big year for HIV! Not only were there huge advancements in science, but the epidemic also found its way back into mainstream media through art, pop culture and social activism. As we gear up for another stimulating year of progression towards putting an end to new HIV diagnoses, take a peek at these 10 tweets that tell the story of a big year in the HIV epidemic (in no particular order):...
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