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A Catalyst for HIV Prevention Justice

November 9, 2011

Hadiyah Charles, of Brooklyn, N.Y., addresses the group at the HIV Prevention Justice Leadership Assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. -- AFC Photo-Ed Negron. Pat Kelly, an African-American woman from New York, found out she was HIV-positive 26 years ago. Now, she leads an HIV/AIDS outreach program through her church in Orangeburg, S.C. She doesn't get paid for her work,...
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Fighting for a More Just World

November 9, 2011

It's time to seize the unique opportunity of ending the AIDS epidemic, an opportunity afforded by recent medical advances. But first, there are obstacles to HIV prevention justice to overcome. How exactly can that be done? Hashing that out is one objective of the inaugural HIV Prevention Justice Leadership Assembly in Chicago today, a day before the United States Conference on AIDS officially...
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"Creating an AIDS-Free Generation"

November 8, 2011

The "big news" of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks today at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md., might be that she appointed Ellen DeGeneres to be the Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. We'll get to that in a minute. What's perhaps even more interesting, though, is what was not said in Clinton's remarks, titled "Creating an AIDS-free Generation." Clinton...
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Twenty Years Later, Magic Still Smiling

November 7, 2011

  He was known for his no-look passes, his uncanny court vision, his brilliant smile. And, 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson became known for something else -- HIV. Magic announced his HIV-positive status and retired from basketball on the same day, though he would come back for a brief stint before retiring again. He started the Magic Johnson Foundation , which continues...
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Welcome, United States Conference on AIDS!

November 7, 2011

Experts, advocates and leaders in the HIV/AIDS community will travel to Chicago from all over the country this weekend for the United States Conference on AIDS. The 15th Annual USCA, facilitated by the National Minority AIDS Council, will be at the Sheraton Chicago Towers and Hotel, Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to be serving on the...
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CDPH Keeps Funding for HIV Prevention Programs the Same, Despite Economic Uncertainty

November 7, 2011

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is grateful to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose recent budget proposal did not cut vital city funding for HIV prevention programs, services, and agencies, in spite of the bleak, slow-to-recover economy. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently received from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) a full list of how the city spends its HIV prevention...
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The Many Faces of HIV

November 4, 2011

On a single day in September, about 120 people from all walks of life sent a self-portrait, with a caption, to the Chicago-based Positively Aware magazine. The end result was a striking photo essay called “A Day with HIV in America,” featured in the November/December print edition and online . The collection will also be on display at the United States Conference...
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Innovation, Impact and Inspiration

November 4, 2011

From left -- Arick Buckles, of Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy; Lora Branch, of Gilead Sciences, Inc.; AFC President/CEO David Ernesto Munar; and Keith Elliott, of Dance for Life. -- AFC Photo-Ed Negron His voice crackled with emotion as he told their stories. There...
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UPDATE: Drug Overdose Bill Passes House

October 25, 2011

It shouldn’t be a crime to help save someone’s life. That’s why the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), the Roosevelt University Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, and ACLU of Illinois are advocating for the passage of a bill in the state  that would allow friends and families of drug overdose victims to call for help without fear of prosecution. As it stands now, too...
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Response to Draft Report by the Illinois Health Benefits Exchange Legislative Study Committee

October 6, 2011

The recently enacted (Exchange) Law calls for the creation of a 12-member Legislative Study Committee to issue a report to the General Assembly and the Governor on establishment of the Illinois Health Benefits Exchange. As veto session for the Illinois State Legislature approaches next month, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has weighed in on the proposed .  On October 5, 2011,...
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