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Open Door shows their commitment to the HIV community again with AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

August 19, 2019

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago brings together Chicago’s HIV community and supporters each year to celebrate, honor and remember how far we have come in the HIV epidemic. Open Door Health Center of Illinois is one of the many community-based organizations that fundraises with AIDS Run & Walk Chicago year after year to help them continue providing services and support for people living...
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PAT issues statement on proposed LGBTQ discrimination against federal contractors

August 16, 2019

by Kim Hunt, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank Lately, we can’t seem to get through a week without another attempt by the Trump administration to strip away the protections of LGBTQ+ people. Yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule change that could allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people on the basis of religion. The proposed change...
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Public charge rule finalized, harming immigrant families in the U.S.

August 13, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is profoundly disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security has decided to finalize a “public charge” rule that will place severe restrictions on who may enter or stay in the country, based on arbitrary evaluations of their supposed potential to use public assistance programs like Medicaid. “The continued barrage of intimidation...
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Illinois expands protections for LGBTQ older adults

August 12, 2019

by Kim Hunt, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank Pride Action Tank applauds Gov. JB Pritzker for signing SB1319 on Friday. The new law, which takes effect July 1, 2020, helps ensure that the needs of LGBTQ older adults and people living with HIV are recognized and supported across Illinois. Through our OUTAging Committee, we have been uplifting the voices and concerns of LGBTQ...
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Illinois approves youth access to PrEP

August 7, 2019

    On Wednesday, August 7, Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB 2665 (the Youth PrEP bill) into law. This enables young people across Illinois to access preventive health care services, like PrEP, without parental consent.  "Young people don’t wait to have sex until they’re 18, and HIV doesn’t wait either. This legislation will help ensure...
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AFC denounces use of HIV status to justify family separation

July 26, 2019

AFC is appalled to learn that the U.S. government uses HIV status as cause for the cruel separation of immigrant and migrant families. In the Oversight of Family Separation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hearing   yesterday , Chief Brian Hastings of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) stated that HIV status is a criteria used to separate families at the border . This new, insidious...
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Illinois increases transparency of prescription drugs in Medicaid

July 15, 2019

Last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Medicaid Drug and Therapeutics Board Transparency Bill ( HB 2259).  HB 2259  seeks to increase transparency in the decision-making process and makeup of the Medicaid Drug and Therapeutics (D&T) Board. The D&T Board along with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) determines the fee-for-service medication...
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Jeraldine’s journey to better health

July 11, 2019

By Raven Feagins Jeraldine Taylor is a petite, 60-year-old woman who enjoys the simple things in life. She loves to cook, read and watch TV when she gets a chance to catch up on the news or indulge in shows like Judge Mathis and Steve. These are the things that help keep her mind off the past and humble her to be grateful for where she is today.   For most of her life, Jeraldine...
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AFC is on the move to better serve our community

July 8, 2019

On Monday, Aug. 5, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will relocate its offices to 200 W Monroe, Suite 1150. For years, AFC has been expanding its program areas to better serve the region’s housing and case management services for people living with HIV or other chronic health conditions. AFC’s new space allows us to better support our 124-person staff as well as our vibrant network...
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Pride for PrEP in Illinois

June 28, 2019

By AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Policy and Advocacy Chair, Craig W. Johnson Hold on to your rainbow-hued glasses as we list how PrEP can help us eliminate the transmission of HIV by 2030. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago along with Governor J.B Pritzker and Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health announced the Getting to Zero Illinois plan in Springfield last month, a...
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