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AFC milestones

2016: In collaboration with the Chicago PrEP Working Group and Egalite, AFC launched PrEP4Love, a CTA and digital campaign that raises awareness of PrEP among prioirty populations in Chicago.

2015: AFC activated more than 2,700 advocates through in-person and online opportunities to rally against the budget impasse in Illinois. 

2014: The successful In-Person Counselor program, along with new medical benefits coordinators, helped 3,422 people enroll in Medicaid or Illinois health insurance marketplace plans.

2013: Thanks to bold advocacy in Springfield, AFC persuaded state lawmakers to restore $3.25 million in funding reductions slated for the state’s HIV budget. AFC also co-led the advocacy campaign that prevailed in securing legislative support for Medicaid expansion in Illinois. We also championed legislation that ensures that school children receive medically accurate, comprehensive and age-appropriate sexual education.

2012: Tens of thousands of people descended upon Washington, D.C. for the International AIDS Conference, where AFC played a major role organizing thousands for AIDS response march, leading a networking zone for HIV prevention advocates, and speaking on an array of important topics. For example, openly HIV-positive AFC Board member Rev. Charles Straight gave a moving invocation to more than 30,000 conference attendees.

2011: AFC launched a multi-year advertising campaign called “Change My Story” to promote the benefits of HIV testing and health care services. The campaign included bus shelter ads, publicity events, and a dedicated website and social media campaign with referrals information.

2007: AFC collaborates with state lawmakers to pass legislation expanding voluntary HIV testing while preserving patient rights to informed consent. The bill also allows for a more streamlined approach to HIV testing in medical settings.

2006: AFC works in partnership with the Chicago City Council to increase HIV prevention funding by $500,000 as part of the 2007 city budget.

2005: The AIDS Foundation of Chicago commemorates its 20th year of service in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

2004: AFC launches a cutting-edge public awareness campaign developed pro bono by the advertising firm Chicago Creative Partnership.

2003: AFC works with legislators and community organizations to help pass landmark HIV prevention legislation allowing adults to purchase and possess syringes without a prescription. The bill is signed into law by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on July 25.

2002: AFC is selected to lead a three-year housing and research partnership for people who are chronically ill, including those with HIV/AIDS.

2001: AFC launches a new prevention program for people living with HIV, and expands evaluation and research programs linking local universities and community-based organizations.

2000: AFC passes landmark HIV prevention legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives that will allow adults to purchase sterile syringes at pharmacies without a prescription.

1999: AFC funds new case management initiative that links HIV-positive individuals returning to the community from correctional settings with integrated health care and support services.

1998: AFC leads a successful fight against mandatory name reporting of people with HIV.

1997: AFC saves the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program from collapse by convincing Governor Edgar and the Illinois General Assembly to increase state funding by $8 million.

1996: AFC awards more than $1 million to 55 agencies.

1995: AFC publishes the city's first-ever AIDS housing strategic plan, resulting in increased housing units for people living with HIV and improved coordination and collaboration among local providers.

1994: AFC extends its case management and related services to beyond the city and suburban Cook County to McHenry, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, Grundy and Will Counties.

1993: AFC leads an eight-month effort to double the State of Illinois AIDS budget from $3.5 million to $7 million.

1992: AFC leads a successful campaign to prevent the state from closing a critical Medicaid program for hundreds of persons living with AIDS.

1991: AFC receives Ryan White CARE Act funds for case management and other critical support services.

1990: Art Against AIDS/Chicago raises $500,000 for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

1989: AFC establishes the Northeastern Illinois HIV/AIDS Case Management Cooperative, a network of community agencies providing case management services to people with HIV/AIDS. AFC's Service Providers Council grows from 15 to 75 agencies.

1988: AFC launches its private grantmaking program and awards $200,000 to local community organizations.

1987: Marshall Field's hosts Show of Concern and raises more than $500,000 for AFC's grantmaking program.

1986: AFC creates the Service Providers Council to bring together community agencies in the fight against AIDS.

1985: AFC is founded by local visionaries, including Dr. Ron Sable, Dr. Renslow Sherer, Judy Carter and William Young.