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Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Data Geek

April 13, 2012

Keri Rainsberger is director of data services at AFC.    AFC Photos-Ed Negron By Eva Westley It’s not the most glamorous work: keeping track of visits to case managers, trips to the hospital, viral loads and housing applications for the thousands of people with HIV in Chicago. But with government officials, funders, researchers and the members...
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The Ministry of Being There

April 11, 2012

Youth gather for The Night Ministry's outreach services in Boystown. AFC Photos-Ed Negron On a brisk early April night in Boystown, with a nearly full moon tilted in the sky, a group of teens  — many of them homeless — waited in a parking lot on the corner of Belmont and Halsted. Within minutes, two vans belonging to The Night Ministry pulled up to the...
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Huffington Post: Trapped in a Broken System

April 6, 2012

For the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, the Affordable Care Act will be utterly life-changing. For some, it will be life-saving. Just ask Will Wilson, 58, who was diagnosed with "full-blown AIDS" in 2002. "It will basically mean freedom," said Wilson, a Chicago resident and an advocate for the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy. For the first time,...
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Registration Opens for the 2012 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

April 2, 2012

  High-profile fundraiser to combat HIV/AIDS unveils new location, website, community partners, logo; 85-year-old woman to honor son with 20th consecutive stride at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago CHICAGO – A model of commitment and determination, Mae Smith has not missed a single AIDS Run & Walk Chicago since her son, Ron, died of AIDS 20 years ago in 1993....
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An Evening of Angels, Reflection and Looking Forward

March 30, 2012

David Ernesto Munar, president/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, speaks at the 2012 Dinner with Tony Kushner. AFC Photos-Ed Negron Below are David Ernesto Munar's remarks from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 2012 Dinner with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote Angels in America. The dinner was held on March 27, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago, and raised...
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Hip-Hop Cares About HIV. Yes, Really.

March 29, 2012

Donté Smith is a member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Americorps team. At times, hip-hop lovers who also believe in social justice can grow discouraged by the homophobia and misogyny so rampant in today’s brand of beats and rhymes. But tomorrow night, there will be a refreshing showcase of hip-hop talent performing for a most worthy cause: to enhance the...
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A Doctor Finds Calling in Forgotten Youth

March 21, 2012

Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid poses with her family. From left to right, daughter Lorelle, son Taylor, Dr. Henry-Reid and her husband Samuel.   Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid remembers when AIDS became personal for her. It was 1996. One of her first AIDS patients, a young man she had grown...
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What will a 50% Cut to HIV Funding do to Illinois?

March 16, 2012

AFC is deeply concerned that and the General Assembly are considering cutting HIV programs by $4 million or 14%, which will actually lower state funding for HIV prevention, housing, corrections, minority health, perinatal HIV, and harm reduction programs by 50%. Based on public health data these cuts could result in 108 additional people becoming infected with HIV, resulting in over $40...
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At 85, a Mother Walks for Her Son

March 13, 2012

  Mae Smith sits with her two of her daughters in her homey Glendale Heights kitchen. A coffeepot gurgles from the counter. Her youngest granddaughter plays quietly in the adjacent living room. If you saw Mae Smith on the street, you might not immediately suspect she’s a passionate and determined HIV/AIDS advocate...
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An Advocate and his Art

March 8, 2012

Gary Metzner poses on a Puerto Vallarta vacation in February 2011.          (Photos courtesy of Scott Johnson) Like twin currents of the same river, Gary Metzner’s passion for art and his own emerging identity pulled him into the HIV/AIDS cause some 20 years ago. Fresh out of college and grad school, he found work at an...
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