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Activism Alive and Well at AIDS 2012

July 23, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray faced a tough crowd today as he attempted to welcome visitors to Washington D.C. When he took to the stage for the opening ceremony of the Global Village – a free networking area that’s integral to the activist spirit of the conference -- a group of 20 or so protestors marched in front with signs demanding a comprehensive AIDS plan for the nation’s...
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In Search of the AIDS Boson

July 23, 2012

By David Ernesto Munar Like tweens at a Justin Bieber concert, scientists wildly cheered new experimental research findings earlier this month in the field of theoretical physics.  The hoopla resulted from observations made possible by the Large Hadron Collider — the biggest particle accelerator ever built — of the existence of a long sought subatomic particle known as...
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A Prayer for Courage and Unity

July 23, 2012

Rev. Charles Straight, pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton, Ill., delivers the opening convocation at AIDS 2012. The voice thundered out from the bespectacled pastor to the silent, rapt audience. “This is our prayer and this is our common desire for AIDS 2012 – that we be united all the world over as never before to truly turn the tide against...
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AIDS 2012: Day 1 in Photos

July 22, 2012

Here's a glimpse of the first day of AIDS 2012...                                (AFC photos-Gregory Trotter) Condoms were in no short supply at the International AIDS Conference.   Roman Buenrostro,...
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On Media and HIV/AIDS

July 21, 2012

Florence Ngobeni-Allen lost her 5-month-old daughter to AIDS some 15 years ago, before she had access to antiretroviral drugs. For the HIV-positive South African, it was the most difficult moment of her life. Fast-forward to present day, thanks to appropriate treatment and services, Ngobeni-Allen (at right) has two HIV-negative children:  Alex, who turns 6 years old next...
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Rev. Straight to Open AIDS 2012 with Prayer

July 17, 2012

Rev. Charles Straight, who serves on the Board of Directors for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, was selected to open the International AIDS Conference with an invocation. Before the pastor's firm handshake and sonorous voice, comes the smile. Radiant, wildly contagious, Rev. Charles Straight's grin seems to welcome you instantly, no matter who you might be. Come...
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Three Years Later, Opt-Out Testing the Norm in Cook County Jail

July 3, 2012

The Rev. Doris Green, AFC's director of correctional health and community health, discusses opt-out HIV testing in Cook County Jail. By Sara Semelka After three long years of perseverance by community advocates, detainees at Cook County Jail now  go through an opt-out – rather than opt-in – HIV testing...
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AFC Staffer Honored by Newspaper

June 29, 2012

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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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