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Lube is Slippery, but is it Safe?

January 18, 2013

By Jim Pickett The shocking truth is we don’t know much about the safety of sexual lubricants and whether or not they may actually contribute to the spread of HIV. We know that using condoms with condom-compatible lube is an important HIV prevention intervention. But more than 30 years into the HIV pandemic, we don’t know whether sexual lubricants (lubes) increase,...
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A New Year, and New Medicaid Awaits Us! 2013 Lame Duck Wrap-Up

January 11, 2013

This week, an Illinois legislative body advanced a major piece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when the House Human Services Appropriation Committee passed HB 6253, Medicaid Financing for the Uninsured . Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to cover low-income uninsured people through Medicaid.  We knew we’d have to take...
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Advocates Take Medicaid Fight to Capitol

January 10, 2013

HIV advocates pose in the State House rotunda before seeking out their legislators. By Lucy Baglin In the midst of the Illinois’ notoriously unpredictable "Lame Duck Session," 15 HIV/AIDS advocates and myself headed down to Springfield on Monday to advocate the passage of ‘Medicaid Financing for the Uninsured’ – a bill that would help provide health...
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How Same-Sex Marriage Could Help End AIDS

January 4, 2013

The two lovers gave each other matching silver engagement rings for Christmas. Tom Menard and Topher Duerkes, engaged for a year, may be swapping them in for wedding rings sooner than expected. Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill, sponsored by state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, garnered national attention when it steamrolled its way into a Senate committee vote last...
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WATCH: Driving the HIV Story

January 3, 2013

Driving the Story: Engaging the Media to Expand Health Access for People Living with HIV from Dose of Change on Vimeo . It's important for HIV/AIDS organizations and advocates to be able to engage the media and tell powerful HIV stories, particularly in a time when many Americans seem disinterested. Compelling stories can sway public...
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AFC Weighs in on New CDC Data

January 2, 2013

In case you missed it, here's a quick roundup of AFC in the news, over the holiday week, responding to the latest HIV statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in late December. To read AFC's full statement in response to the CDC statistics, click here . Leslie Mann, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune , focused her story on the rise of HIV infections...
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AFC Statement on New HIV Data

December 21, 2012

New national and local HIV data is both affirmation of ongoing efforts and a call to do more. Media contact: John Peller, 312-334-0921 At the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, we are cautiously encouraged by new data released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that new HIV cases remained relatively stable from 2007-2010 at about 50,000 cases...
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Groundbreaking New Video on Rectal Microbicides is Released

December 17, 2012

For immediate release: Dec. 17, 2012 MEDIA CONTACTS: IRMA – Jim Pickett jpickett@aidschicago.org +1 773 600 6407 Population Council pubinfo@popcouncil.org +1 212 339 0509 Rectal Microbicide Research Takes Giant Leap Forward with Groundbreaking Educational Video HIV prevention organizations debut The...
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2013 Illinois Medicaid Toolkit

December 10, 2012

HB 6253 is a new Medicaid opportunity for Illinois that would allow 342,000 low-income adults in Illinois to be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014. Check our the '2013 Illinois Medicaid Toolkit' Thousands of those newly eligible Illinoisans will be people living with HIV/AIDS. New Medicaid will make it much easier for people with HIV to get the medical care they need, stay...
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2012 Veto Session Wrap-Up

December 10, 2012

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) spearheaded or collaborated on the following bills during the 2012 Illinois General Assembly Veto session that will impact the lives of people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.   The bills are described below HB 6253 – Medicaid Opportunity Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago)  & Sen. Heather Steans...
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