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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...
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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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#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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Fighting for Black liberation in Chicago

December 22, 2015

Maxx Boykin on stigma, Laquan McDonald and the end of state and community violence A steady fire is burning in Chicago. The flames of racial injustice have licked the edges of one of America’s largest and most powerful cities since long before the Great Chicago Fire. Almost one month ago, that fire was fed by the release of a video — a video showing one more example...
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Envisioning health equity: Bhuttu Mathews' story from rock-bottom to redemption

December 17, 2015

by Mirhanda Alewine, communications coordinator Bhuttu Mathews, a member of Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP), uses his experiences as an immigrant and person living with HIV to advocate for other Illinoisans experiencing health inequity. Take a moment to imagine that everyone has access to health care, regardless of race, sex, gender, age, socioeconomic status...
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Section 1557: a tool in the fight against HIV discrimination

December 15, 2015

by Ernesto Flores HIV Prevention Justice Alliance Fellow Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010, reports show that 11.4 million people became newly insured between 2010 and 2014 , and the number of uninsured dropped to about 11% in 2015 . Of those people, about 48,000 people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) are among those who recently enrolled...
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No day but today: RENT cast sets stage for HIV awareness

November 24, 2015

by Eryn MacNeil, Fundraising Associate World AIDS Day is approaching fast, and what better way to spend it than seeing one of the pop culture events that helped make many people aware of HIV in 1996? Artists Giving Back is putting on a production of RENT on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in honor of World AIDS Day, and to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). Artists Giving Back...
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