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PrEP: One woman crosses the gender divide

March 9, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil For many women affected by HIV, it’s easy to feel alone and unsupported. There isn’t always a community welcoming you with open arms — or at least it can feel that way sometimes. Poppy Morgan took matters into her own hands and created her own community. Poppy, 40, is a leader in the nonprofit sector in the western suburbs of Chicago (due...
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Retiring AFC Board member blazed trails for Black women in health care and academia

March 9, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine Hilda Richards, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, an AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Board member for 15 years, discusses her experience on the Board and what she hopes for the future of AFC.   When Dr. Hilda Richards moved to Chicago in 2000 at the age of 64, she arrived with a lifetime's worth of credentials and accomplishments — including several “firsts”...
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BudgetWatch: The lead-up to IL primary and spring break

March 4, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! This week in Springfield was the last of the House’s session days before the March 15 primary and an elongated spring break. While there was some movement surrounding an appropriations bill for human services and higher education, ultimately it appears that we are no closer to a resolution to our current...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago lauds Get Covered Illinois for reducing the uninsured rate in Illinois

February 29, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds Get Covered Illinois and the Illinois Department of Insurance for reducing Illinois’ uninsured rate from 17.8% to 10.6% among 18-64 year olds between 2013 and 2015. This feat is one of the largest uninsured percentage drops in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medicaid is now the largest payer of HIV care...
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Corporate supporter Walgreens finds innovative ways to engage with HIV-positive community

February 29, 2016

For decades, Walgreens has supported the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in its quest to make HIV infections rare and support people living with HIV and related chronic diseases.  Walgreens' Senior Director of Virology Glen Pietrandoni shares his story of serving the HIV community for 30 years. He also explains how Walgreens is uniquely positioned to support people...
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Salud y Orgullo Mexicano: Exploring the territory between HIV and identity

February 23, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine John Pizaña, the Promotor of the Salud y Orgullo Mexicano (SOM) campaign, uses his unique position to encourage and mentor other Mexican men living with HIV.    "We knew that HIV was something that was going to continue to grow." In September 2014, John Pizaña accepted the position of Promotor of Salud y Orgullo...
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Five #PrEP4Love ways to improve PrEP awareness in Chicago

February 22, 2016

by Elijah McKinnon #PrEP4Love is LIVE! The citywide, sex-positive media campaign was designed to increase awareness of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily HIV prevention pill for HIV-negative people. Below are 5 ways you can get involved with the campaign and continue to help us #SpreadTingle #TransmitLove #CatchDesire and #ContractHeat. Like Project RSP on Facebook and...
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AFC denounces Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts to HIV and related programs and services in budget for FY 2017

February 18, 2016

AFC urges passage of a positive budget to ensure essential services continue On Wednesday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner once again presented the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that fails to protect the most vulnerable people in the state. Eight months into the fiscal year and without a budget in place that funds essential services, Governor Rauner proposed a budget for...
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2016 legislative agenda seeks bold steps toward HIV prevention, treatment

February 16, 2016

Given Illinois' state budget woes, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) seeks to protect and preserve vital HIV/AIDS prevention, education, housing and treatment services, and ensure that providers are fully paid for services rendered under contract with the state during the budget impasse. Furthermore, AFC aims to ensure adequate funding for critical services including mental...
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AFC applauds IDPH for adding hepatitis C medications to ADAP formulary

February 11, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) thanks the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for adding hepatitis C medications to the list of drugs available under the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which ensures that people living with HIV have access to life-saving treatments. The IDPH decision is especially significant given that about one-third of people living with...
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