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Film Tackles AIDS in Black America

June 27, 2012

Watch Endgame: AIDS in Black America on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.   By Sandra Jaime The new PBS/Frontline documentary, ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America , presents an insightful look at how prejudice and fear has allowed HIV to rapidly consume the African American community. The...
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Once Neglected in Jail, HIV Advocate Now Seeks Justice

June 19, 2012

Arick Buckles, at right, stands with Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, while addressing the crowd at Lobby Day 2012. AFC Photo-Ed Negron By Sara Semelka A federal lawsuit filed Monday by a Chicago man who claims he was denied HIV medication while in jail has shed light on an issue usually hidden in the shadows: health care for people who are both living with HIV and incarcerated...
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A Quilt of Memories Lives On

June 18, 2012

Years ago, Mike Barnes stood before the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington D.C. with the love of his life, Martin “Sky” Bixby. They were both moved by the Quilt's powerful testimony. “He said, ‘I hope someone does that for me someday,’ ” said Barnes, 55, a pharmacist who lives in Lincoln Park. Bixby, who died of AIDS in 1997, (pictured at right) is...
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A Community of Independence

June 15, 2012

Vincent Moorman, at left, and Bobby Lynn Benson participate in a recent Tenant Empowerment Seminar. AFC Photos-Anne Sanicki At tenant seminars, clients learn independent living skills and gain a sense of community. By Anne Sanicki On a sunny May afternoon on Chicago’s West Side, a group of men and women gathered around a conference table and engaged...
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A Global Dream for Women's Health

May 25, 2012

By Melissa Janiszewski Brenda was volunteering in a Swaziland village, helping to build a small clinic where pregnant women in the village could safely birth their babies. The village was in a remote location, and many doctors found it difficult to get there. Scared and alone, many of the women gave birth alone and suffered permanent health complications, which often...
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Ball Offers Vogueing and HIV Outreach

May 24, 2012

A dancer vogues at a past ball event. Photo courtesy of Todd Diederich. This Sunday night, the Chicago House is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Memories of a Mini Ball, an event that promises to be legendary in more ways than one. For the uninitiated, the “Ballroom community” is a historically a dynamic LBGT subculture in which people can compete for prizes and...
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HIV-Positive Triathlete Inspires Change

May 22, 2012

In this inspiring Medill News Service story, Jay Sympson is featured as an HIV-positive triathlete. Sympson, who was diagnosed with HIV nearly 25 years ago, trains with the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), which raises money and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. This year's T2 events include the the Chicago Marathon, the Wrigley Field...
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What's NATO Got to do With HIV?

May 18, 2012

Activists rally in support of the Robin Hood Tax ahead of a NATO Summit in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of Occupy Wall St . By Jim Merrell CHICAGO, IL - Usually, when NATO descends on a city it's more about destroying targets than being one. This week, however, activists from across the world have flipped the cross hairs as the NATO summit in Chicago is targeted as...
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The "Little Campaign That Could"

May 18, 2012

The Change My Story team at the Golden Trumpet Awards, from left to right, Alicia Bunton, Director of Care and Quality Improvement; Johnathon Briggs, Chief Officer of External Relations; Wady Guzman, Graphic Design/Web Content Coordinator. By Johnathon E. Briggs and Alicia Bunton Inside the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, at the premier awards competition for Chicago’s...
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From Transgender Life, a Passion for Social Justice is Born

May 17, 2012

Pete Subkoviak, policy coordinator for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. AFC Photo-Ed Negron Born a girl, Pete Subkoviak began telling his parents he was a boy at age 3. “In general, I would say I was a really happy kid except for the whole wrong body thing,” Subkoviak quipped in a recent interview. At 17, he finally found the word to describe himself...
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