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Getting on board with PrEP: "It all starts with making one choice"

May 28, 2014

Curtis Lewis is just like many 22-year-olds: he is a student at Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond, IN. And when he’s not studying, he’s also an actor: he will be featured in Gary Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet as Romeo this summer. Lewis is also a sexually active gay male, and he’s taking preventive measures to keep himself HIV-negative. Curtis...
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An advocacy update from a peer educator

May 12, 2014

On April 9, three clients and I, an Open Door Clinic staff member, joined the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP) and over 100 other advocates as we converged on Springfield to advocate for issues that impact to the HIV/AIDS community. Our biggest push was for the continued funding of HIV/AIDS services. When Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed his budget for next year, he maintained...
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Igniting our 30th year of service by honoring two long-time supporters

May 1, 2014

AIDS Foundation of Chicago's (AFC) top donors and supporters will be venturing to Ignite Glass Studios in the textured West Town neighborhood for this year's spring fundraising event, where we'll kick off our 30th year of service. IGNITE, named after the industrial venue, will feature an open bar, world-class fare and dancing. Guests will also enjoy live glass artistry and roof-top views of the city...
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HUD grants $3 million to AIDS Foundation of Chicago to continue two housing programs

April 25, 2014

Through its Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $3 million to AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) for two of its core housing programs. The Re-entry Housing for Health Partnership (RHHP) was awarded a $1,419,482 HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant to continue to provide housing...
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HIV/AIDS support from the ground up at Advocacy Days event in Springfield

April 17, 2014

Before she met with State Representative La Shawn Ford at the Illinois state capitol building, Jacalyn Boyd had never had much interaction with her elected officials. But on April 9, Boyd, a peer navigator on the Austin Health Center of Cook County CBC Initiative in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, joined more than 100 advocates to meet with their elected officials and advocate for their support...
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Illinois HIV Care Connect: Reaching Out to Changing HIV-Positive Population

February 25, 2014

Improved prognoses, but many still at-risk for infection Illinois HIV Care Connect is taking major strides to reach out to a changing HIV-positive population benefiting from improved prognoses due to advances in treatment and access to care. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is one of seven lead agencies coordinating the services provided through the program, which is funded by the...
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World AIDS Day in Chicago

November 27, 2013

World AIDS Day is December 1! Here are a few important events going on in Chicago to honor the occasion. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate the gains made in ending the epidemic, embrace those living with HIV/AIDS, and commemorate those who have died from complications with AIDS. It’s also an occasion for HIV testing, advocacy, education, and celebration...
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Reaffirming Our Commitment to the Denver Principles

November 27, 2013

“We are ‘People with AIDS.’ ” After 30 years, that line is still powerful, still true. It’s the opening to the Denver Principles , the core document of a self-empowerment movement that grew out of San Francisco in the early 1980s. People first, condition second. The Denver Principles are, in many ways, the Bill of Rights for people living with...
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Reaching the Summit

November 21, 2013

Vendors packed the auditorium. Pamphlets lined tables and tables lined the gym floor. Even though we were in the basement at the field house in Chicago’s Riis Park, we had reached the Summit of Hope . According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, “the Summit of Hope is a community expo, bringing together local service providers to create a one-stop environment for...
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2013 Annual Meeting Highlights

November 14, 2013

At our November 7 Annual Meeting, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) honored the many branches of our collective AIDS response: the essential service providers, clinicians, advocates, and friends who everyday help intensify our power and reach. David Ernesto Munar, AFC’s CEO/President, delivered a speech that highlighted our work in strengthening communities, integrating services,...
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