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Black AIDS Day Panel Examines HIV and Aging

February 6, 2012

Tomorrow, a Chicago panel of experts will honor National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by tackling a difficult topic: the increasing incidence of HIV among aging baby boomers. Why is this happening? What can be done about it? The "seX Factor" panel will address those questions and more tomorrow on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is...
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Kushner in the Here and Now

February 2, 2012

Charlie Newell (at left) , longtime artistic director of the Court Theatre,and playwright Tony Kushner discuss the upcoming production of Angels in America . AFC Photos Legendary playwright Tony Kushner shuffled into the rehearsal room about 10 minutes before the first read-through of the Court Theatre’s spring production of Angels in America . He shook...
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ADAP Changes for Better

February 1, 2012

UPDATE: (2/23/12) Legislators approved the proposed changes to the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The changes will be implemented over the next six months. Life is about to get much simpler for the 4,200 people who access their HIV medications through the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The program has undergone major changes in the last 18 months or so,...
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Sheltering Our Youth

January 26, 2012

Robert Dibbles (standing at left) John Cerdon (center in blue shirt) and other homeless youth advocates help advise the city's new homelessness plan.   (All photos courtesy of Bruce Powell)   A young Asian-American man stood to address the crowd of 200 or so people gathered at the Chicago Temple to discuss youth homelessness on Wednesday. John...
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Housing Chicago's Most Vulnerable

January 24, 2012

The powerful story of Frank and Anthony Nowotnik, 43-year-old twin brothers recently housed after a hardscrabble life of homelessness, was featured in the Monday Chicago Tribune . We encourage you to read Colleen Mastony’s honest and compelling story, “Warming to Life Indoors.” The inseparable Nowotnik brothers, as the story describes, are still coming to terms...
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The Crime of Being Gay (and Having to Hide It)

January 19, 2012

Jim Pickett (at right) stands with with Brian Kanyemba of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 2011. (AFC Photo)   The dream of the AIDS-free generation will never be realized as long as there remain countries in the world that kill and imprison...
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Surviving Addiction, an Advocate Finds Her Voice

January 17, 2012

Melanie Paul, supportive housing coordinator at AFC. (AFC Photo-Ed Negron) This story is the first in an occasional series of profiles of the people who work for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and its community partners, and of the people we serve.   “So, I was...
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On Faith and HIV

January 10, 2012

"It’s hard for many people to separate the concepts of faith and religion — for some the two go hand in hand. Unfortunately, these days I think many people have been disillusioned with the standard dogma and tenets of modern religion," wrote Jeff Berry, longtime editor of Positively Aware magazine in the Jan./Feb. issue. "... And there is the fire-and-brimstone mentality...
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The Enduring Power of Angels

January 6, 2012

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will welcome Tony Kushner and his groundbreaking play, Angels in America , back to Chicago this spring. Kushner (pictured at right) will be the guest of honor at AFC’s 2012 Dinner on March 27 . Both parts of the play, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika , open at the Court Theatre on April 14. Proceeds from the opener will benefit...
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2011: A Year of Progress, Setbacks

December 31, 2011

Tonight, the ball drops, the glasses of bubbly clink, Kathy Griffin says inappropriate things, Anderson Cooper blushes, and 2011 recedes into memory. For the HIV/AIDS community, it was a year of immense success and change, along with some notable setbacks. Two steps forward, one step back, as the saying goes. Perhaps more than anything, 2011 will be remembered as the year that...
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