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#SleepOutCHI in 10 tweets

November 24, 2015

On Friday, Nov. 20, nearly 400 people — about half of whom camped overnight — showed up at Chicago's Cricket Hill at Montrose and Lake Michigan to brave the season's first snowfall at the Out in the Open Sleep Out . Out in the Open is the first project of Pride Action Tank , a new, results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups...
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"A shared vision is a vision shared": Caprice Carthans discusses trans health care

November 19, 2015

by Mirhanda Alewine, communications coordinator Caprice Carthans, a trans woman of color and one of the co-chairs of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Integrated Community Advisory Board (CAB), has made healthcare advocacy for Chicago's community of trans women her mission.   When I finally set foot on Carthans’ block in Chicago’s Marquette Park...
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#WTSWNTS: When discussing STIs and HIV via dating apps

October 22, 2015

There’s no denying that the birth of apps and websites like Grindr, Tinder and OKCupid have forever changed the dating landscape. According to a study conducted by the University of California-Berkeley, one in 10 Americans have used a dating site or mobile app. But how do you go about discussing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) via dating apps without putting a damper...
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What to say // What not to say: STIs and dating apps

October 5, 2015

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. There’s no denying that the birth of apps and websites like Grindr, Tinder and OKCupid have forever changed the dating landscape. According...
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#AIDSRUNWALKCHICAGO in 10 tweets

September 29, 2015

Over 2,500 Chicagoans enjoyed a beautiful Saturday and raised over $377,000 at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. In its fourteenth year, thousands of walkers, runners and volunteers from all walks of life gathered to put an end to the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS at our largest grassroots fundraising event. Take a peek at 10 tweets from Saturday that capture the energy, optimism and new voices that...
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Quiz: What's the future of HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention?

September 16, 2015

HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention comes in many shapes, sizes, textures and forms — and there's definitely room for improvement. Take this quiz to see how you can shape the future of sexual health!    
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A mIRAculous athlete will make a victory lap at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

August 24, 2015

Do you believe in miracles? One AIDS Run & Walk Chicago team does. Team I Believe in mIRAcles is rallying around their friend Ira Katzman, who will run his first 5k on Sept. 26 after experiencing brain cancer and a series of subsequent surgeries that kept him in the hospital for a year. Two years ago, Ira was a “happy camper.” He went to the gym regularly; he...
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Are you a #PrEP know-it-all?

August 20, 2015

Do you have your Ph.D. in PrEPology, or are you a PrEP-school dropout? Test your PrEP knowledge with our quiz below.
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Playoff hopefuls AFC Sirens hit home runs and plug PrEP

August 20, 2015

In the summer, it’s good to be LT and Vinny. While LT, 50, continues to work as an executive assistant (as well as a writer and cabaret performer) during Chicago’s hot weekdays, Vinny, 47, is able to relax after his exhausting school years as a private high school teacher. And on Sundays, they have softball — not just America’s pastime, but theirs, too....
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Stigma in the situation

August 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. Cook County Jail is home to 8-11,000 people each day; they share a space of 4,197,925 square feet on Chicago’s West Side. It’s the...
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