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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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Elevating dancers and the cause through 25th Dance for Life production

August 5, 2016

For Harrison McEldowney, a 35-year veteran of the dance scene, there is no feeling quite like dance. “It gives you an elevated sense of your being,” said McEldowney, his voice increasing in speed and energy as he recalled the sensation. “It’s an incredible feeling — a natural high.” He has been fueled by that natural high as a dancer in New York,...
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What four days in DC and Chicago taught me about the LGBTQ community

July 28, 2016

by Jacina Sims What a weekend! Over the course of four days, I graduated with my Master of Public Health degree, traveled to DC among young leaders in the Black LGBTQ movement, and mourned as I heard about the horrible massacre in Orlando. As a Master of Public Health practicum intern at AFC, I have witnessed and been a part of many powerful moments. I enjoyed my time working...
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DNC includes landmark statement on HIV/AIDS in 2016 platform

July 26, 2016

By Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy As the co-chair of AIDS United’s non-partisan Public Policy, Elections Sub-Committee, and working in partnership with a coalition of nearly 70 organizations, I traveled across the country to meet with the presidential candidates to influence inclusion of HIV/AIDS policy language within each party’s platform and campaign...
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"Que no estas solo": Beto comes out as an undocumented person living with HIV

July 5, 2016

Salud y Orgullo Mexicano project manager Gilberto Soberanis describes his physical and emotional journey across borders and boundaries, both literal and figurative. Edited by Mirhanda Alewine. Hear Beto tell his story in his own words (en español). In 1995, when I was 10, my mom, 2 year-old sister and I got...
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A different type of homeless

June 20, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Corrections Case Management program aims to support detainees living with HIV as they transition from incarceration, providing them with case managers to help connect them to care and housing. Darlene Davis divulges her experiences with incarceration and HIV, explaining the impact of her corrections case manager. What does...
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Kasey White: A leader and advocate for youth experiencing homelessness

June 7, 2016

by Malary Gregory Kasey White is a student and advocate for homeless youth in Chicago, specifically those who identify with the LGBTQ community. She has been featured in the documentary Homestretch, which followed three homeless youth living in Chicago as they navigated completing high school and building their futures. In 2014, she was awarded with the Windy City Times’ 30 Under...
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Jeanette seeks a place to call home

May 26, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil The apartment is dimly lit, but spacious. There isn’t much decoration, but it’s well-kept. It’s a short walk up in a neat brick building on a tree-lined street. Today, the shades are drawn, but on the weekends the apartment is filled with children. Jeanette Thomas spent several years being homeless, battling addiction, and was recently diagnosed with breast...
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Her win, Illinois’ loss

May 19, 2016

by Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy I knew my meeting last week with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was going to be a smashing success when I and 19 other representatives of more than 70 HIV organizations introduced ourselves as a bunch of policy wonks and Secretary Clinton replied, “Well, you know that’s a term of endearment to me.”...
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