News

Inside Story

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,...
Read more...

Representing the South Side in Springfield at HIV Advocacy Days

April 24, 2016

by Jasmine Tucker, AFC Associate Board Co-chair and HIV advocate As I was riding the Pink Line to 200 W. Jackson Blvd at 5 a.m., I had no clue what HIV Advocacy Day was going to bring. I was nervous, because this was my first time having a chance to potentially meet face-to-face with my legislators, Representative (and Majority Leader) Barbara Flynn Currie and Senator Kwame Raoul. I knew...
Read more...

CommunityLinks: the program, the people, the purpose

April 21, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine CommunityLinks, a program of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), contracts with managed care health insurance plans to offer a variety of services to their members. One of the services CommunityLinks offers is Reach and Locate, which aims to find and engage members in their health care plans, ultimately offering them services intended to improve care and health outcomes...
Read more...

In Plain Sight: shining a spotlight on women living with HIV

April 6, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine and Eryn MacNeil In Plain Sight, from Chicago’s History Moves “mobile museum” project , aims to engage communities in conversation about the history of women living with HIV in Chicago by highlighting the stories of participants in the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). Eryn MacNeil and Mirhanda Alewine, two AFC staff members, had the opportunity...
Read more...

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...
Read more...

Retiring AFC Board member blazed trails for Black women in health care and academia

March 9, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine Hilda Richards, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, an AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Board member for 15 years, discusses her experience on the Board and what she hopes for the future of AFC.   When Dr. Hilda Richards moved to Chicago in 2000 at the age of 64, she arrived with a lifetime's worth of credentials and accomplishments — including several “firsts”...
Read more...

BudgetWatch: The lead-up to IL primary and spring break

March 4, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! This week in Springfield was the last of the House’s session days before the March 15 primary and an elongated spring break. While there was some movement surrounding an appropriations bill for human services and higher education, ultimately it appears that we are no closer to a resolution to our current...
Read more...

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...
Read more...

Salud y Orgullo Mexicano: Exploring the territory between HIV and identity

February 23, 2016

John  Pizaña , the Promotor of the  Salud  y  Orgullo   Mexicano  (SOM) campaign, uses his unique position to encourage and mentor other Mexican men living with HIV.   "We knew that  HIV  was something that was going to continue to grow."  In September 2014, John ...
Read more...

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...
Read more...