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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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Cutting Sequestration

November 11, 2013

January will be pivotal for people living with HIV/AIDS. Congress is set to decide whether or not to continue sequestration, which is the term for across-the-board funding caps on vital services. The longer Congress waits to end sequestration, the more holes this practice puts in a safety net that millions of Americans rely on. This January, Congress will have the opportunity...
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The Affordable Care Act: An Enrollment Story

November 5, 2013

The scene seems to play on repeat: Every morning, people open the newspaper and read disparaging articles about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Maybe it’s not a newspaper—maybe it’s a website or a news broadcast or a radio station. It doesn’t matter, the story is the same. Glitches and bumps and technical issues have indeed...
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The Future of CountyCare

November 4, 2013

CountyCare, an Illinois Medicaid waiver program for adult residents in Cook County, has been accepting applications since November 2012—a full year before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But now that the ACA is in full swing, what will happen to CountyCare? More specifically, what’s at stake for people with HIV/AIDS during this time? To address these and...
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The Normal Heart

October 23, 2013

Chicago, brace yourself. The Windy City is welcoming Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart , to TimeLine Theatre Company, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is selling tickets for Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, December 1 , which is World AIDS Day. Proceeds benefit AFC—but only on these dates, and only if you reserve your seat through...
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Unwrapping ObamaCare: Wait!

October 16, 2013

In this episode of Unwrapping ObamaCare , cohosts Suraj Madoori and Lucy Baglin discuss the importance of waiting. Since the first reported cases of HIV in the United States, AIDS activists have been asking for a more just health care system--one that doesn't discriminate against people based on pre-existing conditions. That system is finally...
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