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How Same-Sex Marriage Could Help End AIDS

January 4, 2013

The two lovers gave each other matching silver engagement rings for Christmas. Tom Menard and Topher Duerkes, engaged for a year, may be swapping them in for wedding rings sooner than expected. Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill, sponsored by state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, garnered national attention when it steamrolled its way into a Senate committee vote last...
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WATCH: Driving the HIV Story

January 3, 2013

Driving the Story: Engaging the Media to Expand Health Access for People Living with HIV from Dose of Change on Vimeo . It's important for HIV/AIDS organizations and advocates to be able to engage the media and tell powerful HIV stories, particularly in a time when many Americans seem disinterested. Compelling stories can sway public...
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AFC Weighs in on New CDC Data

January 2, 2013

In case you missed it, here's a quick roundup of AFC in the news, over the holiday week, responding to the latest HIV statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in late December. To read AFC's full statement in response to the CDC statistics, click here . Leslie Mann, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune , focused her story on the rise of HIV infections...
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Your Guide to World AIDS Day in Chicago

November 28, 2012

It's almost World AIDS Day! Here's are a few important events going on in Chicago to honor the occasion. First, the basics: This Saturday is World AIDS Day, observed every year on December 1. 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 of AIDS throughout the...
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In or Out of Prison, Iranian Doctors Find Way to Help

November 16, 2012

Dr. Kamiar Alaei, on left, and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, November 2012. By Sara Semelka For more than a decade, Dr. Arash Alaei and his brother Dr. Kamiar Alaei made quiet but revolutionary changes in Iran’s healthcare system, focusing on harm reduction practices for people forced into the shadows of society, including LGBT...
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Doctor: "Abstinence is not enough."

November 9, 2012

Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid poses with her family. From left to right, daughter Lorelle, son Taylor, Dr. Henry-Reid and her husband Samuel. To many, the debate over comprehensive v. abstinence-only sex education is one of cultural values and political leanings. But it’s much more for Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid. She has dedicated her professional life to adolescent medicine. She’s...
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The Stigma of Sandy: Sound Familiar?

November 8, 2012

Photo credit: Charles le Brigand By Julie Davids, Director of National Mobilization and Advocacy for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago “People who didn’t evacuate are stupid … careless … a danger to others…” Ringing any bells? “They were in denial … selfish… thought they were invulnerable.”...
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Annual Meeting Provides Inspiration and a Plan

November 5, 2012

AFC staff and community partners gather for the 2012 Annual Meeting. Immense health care changes are coming, regardless of who wins tomorrow’s election. But we will confront these new realities with hope, purpose and a plan. Such was the collective feeling Thursday night at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Annual Meeting at the University of Chicago Gleacher...
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Hurricane Sandy Victims Need Our Help

November 2, 2012

As the Northeast continues to reel from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, communities are now turning their efforts towards clean up and relief. Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable among us, including people living with HIV/AIDS, making the restoration of vital human services and the institutions that provide them...
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Rooted in the Cause

October 16, 2012

Iliana Gilliland never planned to move to Chicago. Bombings and the constant threat of political violence made the choice for her. Gilliland’s path has led her from the dangers of drug violence in Colombia to a long career in the HIV case management field. She fell into her career almost by happenstance but has stuck with it for 20 years out of a passion forged from...
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