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Remembering Fernando Blasco Lagos

January 12, 2012

Fernando Blasco Lagos stands (center with red hat) with his peers at the United States Conference on AIDS in November. (AFC Photo-Ed Negron) Fernando Blasco Lagos, a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate for the Latino community, died on Dec. 23. A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 1305 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago...
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On Faith and HIV

January 10, 2012

"It’s hard for many people to separate the concepts of faith and religion — for some the two go hand in hand. Unfortunately, these days I think many people have been disillusioned with the standard dogma and tenets of modern religion," wrote Jeff Berry, longtime editor of Positively Aware magazine in the Jan./Feb. issue. "... And there is the fire-and-brimstone mentality...
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New Website Explains HIV Health Reform

January 10, 2012

A leading group of HIV advocacy organizations announce the launch of a new website to serve as the go-to source for information, advocacy resources, and news on what health care reform (the Affordable Care Act) means for people living with HIV and their providers. The website — HIVHealthReform.org — is intended to educate people living with HIV, as well as their medical workers...
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100K Homes Campaign Helps Most Vulnerable People

January 10, 2012

Chicago’s single most vulnerable woman — HIV-positive, alcoholic mother of seven, homeless for many years — now has a home. This holiday season, she’s one of Chicago’s 212 most vulnerable homeless people who are sleeping inside, in their own beds, instead of out in the cold. That heartwarming fact is a result of the 100,000 Homes Campaign here in Chicago. One year...
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The Enduring Power of Angels

January 6, 2012

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will welcome Tony Kushner and his groundbreaking play, Angels in America , back to Chicago this spring. Kushner (pictured at right) will be the guest of honor at AFC’s 2012 Dinner on March 27 . Both parts of the play, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika , open at the Court Theatre on April 14. Proceeds from the opener will benefit...
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2011: A Year of Progress, Setbacks

December 31, 2011

Tonight, the ball drops, the glasses of bubbly clink, Kathy Griffin says inappropriate things, Anderson Cooper blushes, and 2011 recedes into memory. For the HIV/AIDS community, it was a year of immense success and change, along with some notable setbacks. Two steps forward, one step back, as the saying goes. Perhaps more than anything, 2011 will be remembered as the year that...
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A Life Marked by AIDS (and Hope)

December 21, 2011

David D. Robertson is an empowerment speaker and blogger based in Chicago, Bronzeville to be exact. He recently took the time to write about his life, as an HIV-positive young black man, and his community for Inside Story . You can find out more about Robertson (pictured at right) on his website . *** HIV/AIDS first walked into my life in the fall of 2004...
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FDA Considers Truvada for PrEP

December 19, 2011

An exciting and controversial HIV prevention method called “PrEP” took an important step forward late last week. On Friday, Gilead Sciences, Inc. submitted research data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for consideration of the antiretroviral drug Truvada to be used in a new preventative strategy called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Currently, Truvada is FDA-approved...
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AFC Statement on Federal Funding Ban for Syringe Exchanges

December 19, 2011

On Friday, December 16, Congress sent President Obama the final fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill, which reinstates a prohibition on using federal funding to support syringe exchanges. We implore President Obama to condemn the federal funding ban in the strongest language possible and begin working immediately for its repeal. “Reinstating the ban on federal syringe exchange funding...
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ADAP Experiences Growing Pains

December 16, 2011

In an elevator with strangers, Will Wilson regaled me with the story of recently losing his job as a tour bus guide when an insolent child called him a “fag.” Suffice it to say Wilson lost his temper in response. This somewhat disturbing story was humorous in its telling, though two men in the elevator shuffled their feet and cast sideways glances, apparently uncomfortable with such talk...
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