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Syringe Exchanges Caught in Political Crosshairs

December 14, 2011

UPDATE: 12/19, Congress sent President Obama the final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012, which reinstates the ban on federal funding for syringe exchanges. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago strongly opposes the ban and released this statement in response. UPDATE: 12/15 10:30 a.m.  Overnight, the House released an omnibus spending bill that reinstates the ban on...
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Occupy HIV/AIDS!

December 13, 2011

Keri Peters (at left) poses with another Occupy Chicago protestor at a recent protest.   It was probably just a matter of time before the Occupy political movement and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) crossed paths. The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like a prairie fire throughout the United States and beyond -- from the streets of Oakland, Calif.,...
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Bridging the Gap

December 12, 2011

Kenneth (at left) is HIV tested by Mike Jasper, of M.A.D.E. (at right). AFC Photo-Ed Negron On the day before Thanksgiving, a 22-year-old African-American man named Kenneth leaned back in his chair, waiting to find out if he was HIV-positive. It was quiet...
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Alleged Bite Leaves Bitter Taste of Unjust Law

December 6, 2011

An incident last month in which an Oak Park man allegedly bit a police officer upon arrest has again raised questions about Illinois' HIV criminal transmission law, among the harshest of such laws in the country. According to the Chicago Tribune brief , a 36-year-old man allegedly bit a police officer on Nov. 18 when he was arrested for felony retail theft. He was also charged with aggravated...
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Open Letter to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

December 6, 2011

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, met with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Service Providers Council on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, to discuss the AIDS epidemic and concerns that the political climate in Washington could threaten progress. What follows is an open letter of thanks to Sen. Durbin for his support. December 5, 2011 The Honorable Richard J. Durbin United States Senate...
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Watch David Ernesto Munar on PBS

December 2, 2011

Watch When Will We See an AIDS-Free Generation? on PBS. See more from PBS NEWSHOUR. On World AIDS Day, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) was all over the news, framing and contributing to the conversation about the ongoing epidemic. In an interview ( above ) with PBS NewsHour, AFC President David Ernesto...
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AFC Hails World AIDS Day News

December 1, 2011

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds President Barack Obama's historic announcement to scale up domestic resources and expand global goals in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To commemorate World AIDS Day, Obama participated in a panel discussion on Dec.1, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which...
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All Eyes on Obama on World AIDS Day

November 30, 2011

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day and big hopes are pinned on President Barack Obama to lead the United States forward in the fight against HIV/AIDS -- at home and abroad. Obama is scheduled to meet with a panel of dignitaries and celebrities, including President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Bono, Alicia Keys and others. No question...
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Open Letter to President Obama and World AIDS Day Panelists

November 30, 2011

This is an open letter to President Barack Obama and the World AIDS Day panelists, including President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, California Rep. Barbara Lee, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bono and Alicia Keys. The historic discussion will take place on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, at George Washington University, and can be viewed from the (RED) website...
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IDPH Budget Webinar

November 28, 2011

On November 22, 2011, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) hosted a webinar that discussed IDPH’s FY12 budget.  This legislative year the General Assembly combined all HIV funding for IDPH into one budget line item.  What to find out how IDPH plans on spending and allocating these funds? Click here and view...
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