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Roy’s fight against cuts to HIV funding in IL

June 25, 2015

Not many people have sat face-to-face with Governor Bruce Rauner since his January 2015 inauguration and been offered the chance to represent their community in conversation with him. But Roy Ballesteros did — and he has done so much more on behalf of the HIV community in Springfield this spring. Ten years ago, Ballesteros wouldn't have guessed he would be having a conversation...
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Beverly elevates young women and transwomen in new youth-led STI prevention campaign

June 18, 2015

Imagine: You are an 18-year-old transgender woman in America today. Your parents no longer take care of you; you need housing, a job, a community, medical care and so much more, but discrimination and ignorance is keeping you from accessing these basic human needs. Or imagine this: You are a young woman who is sexually active, and you do not feel safe talking to anyone in your family about...
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Threatened supportive housing cuts could displace thousands — and raise state health care costs

May 28, 2015

This article is the third in AFC’s Cuts to the Cascade series, which focuses on the people, programs and communities representing columns of the HIV treatment cascade . All of the Cuts to the Cascade subjects are under threat of losing vital state support as a result of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Illinois budget.   Behind thirty front doors...
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AFC raises big money for PrEP and HIV services at 30th Year Gala

May 26, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) commemorated its 30th year of action in the HIV/AIDS community with a celebratory gala on Saturday, May 16, at the Hilton Chicago. The milestone event hosted 680 guests and raised significant funds for ongoing prevention, care and advocacy services in the fight against HIV epidemic nationwide. Actress Amy Landecker, of the Golden Globe award-winning series...
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Next stop: success

May 13, 2015

Stigma: In and Out is a monthly series profiling the clients, providers and leaders of AFC's Corrections Case Management program, which helps HIV-positive people emerging from prison or jail get the support they need upon reentry. While visiting the Austin Health Center of Cook County CBC Initiative, you may come across Derrick Burris, a volunteer peer educator working with the...
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Budget cuts target organizations supporting Black gay men including a vital link to care

May 8, 2015

This article is the second in AFC’s Cuts to the Cascade series, which focuses on the people, programs and communities representing columns of the HIV treatment cascade . All of the Cuts to the Cascade subjects are under threat of losing vital state support as a result of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Illinois budget.   As Illinois legislators...
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“After 30 years, what do you look for out of life?”

April 14, 2015

Stigma: In and Out is a monthly series profiling the clients, providers and leaders of AFC's Corrections Case Management program, which helps HIV-positive people emerging from prison or jail get the support they need upon reentry. Larry Hill is a 50-year-old returning citizen currently residing in Chicago. Hill desires to be an advocate and speak up for those impacted by stigma,...
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Revolutionary PrEP program in Illinois halted by governor before launch

April 10, 2015

This article is the first in AFC’s Cuts to the Cascade series, which focuses on the people, programs and communities representing columns of the HIV treatment cascade . All of the Cuts to the Cascade subjects are under threat of losing vital state support as a result of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Illinois budget.   If one pill could...
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A year of triathlons

March 30, 2015

by Anne Statton, PACPI Executive Director This essay first appeared on the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) website . This year, for my birthday, I decided to give myself the gift of triathlon. Sounds funny, I know. I really enjoy competing against myself and with my friends and family. I come from a swimming background. As a kid, I swam and competed...
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A home for Nancy means more than a door and floor

March 26, 2015

“Home” has meant many things to Nancy. It has been a space for argument, for rejection, for abuse — and when she hasn’t had a home, Nancy’s life has been even worse. But today, Nancy has a home, and it has served as the foundation for her many life goals....
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