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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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A Life Marked by AIDS (and Hope)

December 21, 2011

David D. Robertson is an empowerment speaker and blogger based in Chicago, Bronzeville to be exact. He recently took the time to write about his life, as an HIV-positive young black man, and his community for Inside Story . You can find out more about Robertson (pictured at right) on his website . *** HIV/AIDS first walked into my life in the fall of 2004...
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FDA Considers Truvada for PrEP

December 19, 2011

An exciting and controversial HIV prevention method called “PrEP” took an important step forward late last week. On Friday, Gilead Sciences, Inc. submitted research data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for consideration of the antiretroviral drug Truvada to be used in a new preventative strategy called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Currently, Truvada is FDA-approved...
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ADAP Experiences Growing Pains

December 16, 2011

In an elevator with strangers, Will Wilson regaled me with the story of recently losing his job as a tour bus guide when an insolent child called him a “fag.” Suffice it to say Wilson lost his temper in response. This somewhat disturbing story was humorous in its telling, though two men in the elevator shuffled their feet and cast sideways glances, apparently uncomfortable with such talk...
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Syringe Exchanges Caught in Political Crosshairs

December 14, 2011

UPDATE: 12/19, Congress sent President Obama the final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012, which reinstates the ban on federal funding for syringe exchanges. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago strongly opposes the ban and released this statement in response. UPDATE: 12/15 10:30 a.m.  Overnight, the House released an omnibus spending bill that reinstates the ban on...
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Occupy HIV/AIDS!

December 13, 2011

Keri Peters (at left) poses with another Occupy Chicago protestor at a recent protest.   It was probably just a matter of time before the Occupy political movement and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) crossed paths. The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like a prairie fire throughout the United States and beyond -- from the streets of Oakland, Calif.,...
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Alleged Bite Leaves Bitter Taste of Unjust Law

December 6, 2011

An incident last month in which an Oak Park man allegedly bit a police officer upon arrest has again raised questions about Illinois' HIV criminal transmission law, among the harshest of such laws in the country. According to the Chicago Tribune brief , a 36-year-old man allegedly bit a police officer on Nov. 18 when he was arrested for felony retail theft. He was also charged with aggravated...
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Watch David Ernesto Munar on PBS

December 2, 2011

Watch When Will We See an AIDS-Free Generation? on PBS. See more from PBS NEWSHOUR. On World AIDS Day, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) was all over the news, framing and contributing to the conversation about the ongoing epidemic. In an interview ( above ) with PBS NewsHour, AFC President David Ernesto...
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AFC Hails World AIDS Day News

December 1, 2011

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds President Barack Obama's historic announcement to scale up domestic resources and expand global goals in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To commemorate World AIDS Day, Obama participated in a panel discussion on Dec.1, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which...
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All Eyes on Obama on World AIDS Day

November 30, 2011

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day and big hopes are pinned on President Barack Obama to lead the United States forward in the fight against HIV/AIDS -- at home and abroad. Obama is scheduled to meet with a panel of dignitaries and celebrities, including President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Bono, Alicia Keys and others. No question...
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