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In a landmark veto, President Preckwinkle protects privacy of people diagnosed with COVID-19

May 26, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) commends Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s decision this morning to protect the privacy of people who have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus (COVID-19). President Preckwinkle vetoed the SAFE with First Responders resolution, which if enacted, would have permitted the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) to share the addresses of...
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Meet Marc: A T2 athlete and ER trauma nurse working on the front lines of COVID-19

May 20, 2020

By Bailey Williams  A 26-year-old pregnant woman started experiencing sinus-related symptoms and assumed it was pneumonia. Instead, she tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and had to be intubated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. An older woman in the same hospital also tested positive for COVID-19 but begged to not receive a breathing tube. If it came...
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New form of injectable PrEP shown to work among certain populations, paving way for expanded HIV prevention buffet

May 19, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) applauds the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and ViiV Healthcare for demonstrating that injections of long-acting cabotegravir (CAB-LA), delivered every other month, appear to be safe and highly effective in preventing HIV in gay and bisexual cisgender men and transgender women who have sex with men. This...
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Survival to Survivor

May 18, 2020

By Bill Keller  Our addictions can bankrupt us. I definitely did that to myself and the relationships I had. I kept doing the same things, expecting to get a different result until I finally hit my rock bottom. I’m sharing my story to possibly reach someone who might be struggling and can relate to my journey. Know that things can get better and be different.  ...
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For our communities, masks present a safety challenge

May 15, 2020

By Luricela Arguello  Many have uttered phrases expressing the vast differences in our lives during this new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even in this world of significant challenges due to stay-at-home orders, one thing remains the same: Black and Latino/Latinx people continue to face disproportionate discrimination. Even in this health crisis, racism and bigotry still flourish...
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COVID-19 Resource Center

May 13, 2020

AFC continues to prioritize the health of its staff, clients and community. As such, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center for Housing and Health staff members are working remotely as a cautionary response to the coronavirus. We have significantly limited onsite business at our physical office location at 200 W. Monroe St in Chicago.  Unless you have a confirmed appointment, please do...
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COVID-19 is ravaging Illinois’ Latinx community

May 7, 2020

Even before the new coronavirus (COVID-19) changed our way of life and the course of our future, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) already knew that members of the Latino/Latina/Latinx community in the U.S. were not treated equitably when compared to their white counterparts in many facets of life. Decades of discrimination , state-sanctioned violence , targeted and cruel immigration policies ,...
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AFC helps returning citizens living with HIV shelter in place

May 5, 2020

By Bailey Williams Imagine: you have been recently living at Cook County Jail, one of the epicenters for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Despite still having time left in your sentence, you are notified you’ll be one of the hundreds of people released to decrease crowding in the jail.   Despite the jail‘s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, as of May 4,...
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AFC’s new logo and brand identity center race equity and bold design

April 27, 2020

After a year of research and development, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is proud to launch its new brand and identity. In early 2019, AFC engaged People Who Care , a Chicago-based consultancy comprised of all Black, LGBTQ+ identified designers, strategists and directors, to lead the rebranding effort. AFC and People Who Care consulted with a wide array of stakeholders, including nonprofit partners,...
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Turning Point: remarks from President/CEO John Peller at 2019 annual meeting

April 26, 2020

AFC's 2019 Annual Report: Turning Point Review photos from the event Hi, everyone! Thank you all so much for coming out tonight, and thank you, Terri, for introducing me and for stepping up to lead our Board. You and I have run, swum and biked together through our endurance event program TEAM TO END AIDS so many times, and I’m glad to be alongside you on this new journey...
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