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"Change My Story" Campaign Unveils New Ads For At-Risk Communities

July 9, 2012

AIDS Foundation of Chicago “Change My Story” Campaign Debuts Smartphone-Driven Ads to Connect People to HIV Prevention and Care Services Health Promotion Initiative Uses Website, Video Testimonials, Mobile Messaging to Encourage African American Gay and Bisexual Men and Young Women to Get Tested, Get Care CHICAGO – To mark National HIV Testing Day, the...
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Three Years Later, Opt-Out Testing the Norm in Cook County Jail

July 3, 2012

The Rev. Doris Green, AFC's director of correctional health and community health, discusses opt-out HIV testing in Cook County Jail. By Sara Semelka After three long years of perseverance by community advocates, detainees at Cook County Jail now  go through an opt-out – rather than opt-in – HIV testing...
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AFC Staffer Honored by Newspaper

June 29, 2012

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AFC Hails Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

June 28, 2012

Federal and state implementation must proceed at full speed; Medicaid expansion is priority. For immediate release: June 28, 2012 Media contact: John Peller, 312-334-0921 CHICAGO, IL -- The U.S. Supreme Court took a massive step toward ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic today when it found nearly all provisions of the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional.  Federal,...
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Help Us Turn the Tide.

June 27, 2012

As an HIV advocate, you know better than anyone that we’ve hit a rough patch in our progress against the AIDS epidemic. As most of you know, the agreed last month to cut HIV funding by $3.3 million — or 42%. A reduction of this size will shatter community-based HIV prevention, care and housing programs throughout the state. In the past year, we’ve seen...
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Film Tackles AIDS in Black America

June 27, 2012

Watch Endgame: AIDS in Black America on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.   By Sandra Jaime The new PBS/Frontline documentary, ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America , presents an insightful look at how prejudice and fear has allowed HIV to rapidly consume the African American community. The...
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Every Day is National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2012

No one has to live with uncertainty. That is why, in a city-wide effort, the Step Up, Get Tested campaign has set up free HIV testing in the Chicagoland area for National HIV Testing Day (June 27). The Step Up, Get Tested campaign aims to test 5,000 Chicagoans through testing events in various locations from now through July 4. Find out where you can be tested today .  ...
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Once Neglected in Jail, HIV Advocate Now Seeks Justice

June 19, 2012

Arick Buckles, at right, stands with Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, while addressing the crowd at Lobby Day 2012. AFC Photo-Ed Negron By Sara Semelka A federal lawsuit filed Monday by a Chicago man who claims he was denied HIV medication while in jail has shed light on an issue usually hidden in the shadows: health care for people who are both living with HIV and incarcerated...
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A Quilt of Memories Lives On

June 18, 2012

Years ago, Mike Barnes stood before the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington D.C. with the love of his life, Martin “Sky” Bixby. They were both moved by the Quilt's powerful testimony. “He said, ‘I hope someone does that for me someday,’ ” said Barnes, 55, a pharmacist who lives in Lincoln Park. Bixby, who died of AIDS in 1997, (pictured at right) is...
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A Community of Independence

June 15, 2012

Vincent Moorman, at left, and Bobby Lynn Benson participate in a recent Tenant Empowerment Seminar. AFC Photos-Anne Sanicki At tenant seminars, clients learn independent living skills and gain a sense of community. By Anne Sanicki On a sunny May afternoon on Chicago’s West Side, a group of men and women gathered around a conference table and engaged...
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