News

All News

One-stop hub for HIV services coming to Chicago on Valentine’s Day 2020

February 5, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted are thrilled to announce the launch of Chicagoland’s first HIV Resource Hub. T he Hub will officially open for business on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.   What is the HIV Resource Hub?  The HIV Resource Hub is a new initiative funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health to expand the number of people who are...
Read more...

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago Opposes the Trump Administration’s Medicaid Block Grant Plan

January 30, 2020

The Trump Administration is trying once again to take away our health care — this time with another attempt to block grant the Medicaid program.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance encouraging states to apply for waivers to block grant Medicaid funding at the state level. This guidance aims to dramatically restructure Medicaid, which provides...
Read more...

Organizations need to support newer advocates making community change

January 27, 2020

By George M. Johnson Social media has allowed us the space to share important information in the form of a tweet and within minutes reach millions throughout the world. As it continues to grow as the leading force that is driving news vs. traditional media, it is important that gatekeepers begin accepting and cultivating the minds of the younger generation who will use these tools to one...
Read more...

Team to End AIDS (T2) Helped Me Say “Yes” to Life

January 7, 2020

By Zac Hansen I am a runner by choice rather than natural inclination. And that choice came about because I was a coward.   I pride myself on three key components: self-sufficiency, planning well and limiting risk. The first I gained by being gay in a world with limited support. The final two I adopted after I became the victim of a hate crime that left me stabbed, bleeding...
Read more...

Celebrating our communities for World AIDS Day and beyond

December 19, 2019

This year for World AIDS Day, we celebrated how communities make a difference in supporting our movement to eliminate HIV stigma, create equity and justice for people living with HIV and chronic conditions and to end the HIV epidemic. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities on World AIDS Day and every day. Watch the videos below to learn how our colleagues at AFC support people...
Read more...

Heads up! New Illinois Medicaid Prescription Drug Policy Coming Jan. 1, 2020

December 18, 2019

Are you on Medicaid? Do you have patients, friends or clients who are on Medicaid? If the answer is “yes,” keep reading the important information below! On Jan. 1, 2020, prescription drug coverage is changing for Illinois Medicaid. Previously, Medicaid managed care plans covered whatever drugs they wanted. Starting in January, every plan in the state will have to cover the...
Read more...

31 organizations awarded $7.35 million to provide HIV care to Chicagoland area

December 10, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has awarded 31 organizations a combined $7.35 million to connect thousands of people in the Chicagoland area living with HIV and AIDS to health care, housing services, transportation and other supportive services. These organizations were selected based on a spectrum of criteria, including their ability to serve Chicagoans most impacted by HIV: Black and Latino/Latinx...
Read more...

Navigating a difficult topic at your holiday events: immigration

December 9, 2019

By Rosalyn Murga, AIDS Foundation of Chicago [UPDATED Dec. 9, 2019]   Editor’s note – A year after publishing this piece to our blog, threats to immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeker communities have not let up. Immigration is still a topic that frequents our news cycle, and misinformation about these communities persist. This holiday season (and every day!),...
Read more...

In the face of adversity, this mom's resilience pushed her through

December 3, 2019

By Raven Feagins “I used to wonder, like, ‘What am I here for? What is my purpose in life?’ And I have a purpose now,” said Valerie Linzy, an upbeat, big-hearted mother of six. “There are some young ladies who are going to come behind me from doing sex work that are going to come up HIV-positive that are going to need to know how to live … Here I am...
Read more...

Mental wellness and housing stability: a delicate balance

November 26, 2019

By Raven Feagins Bruce Pelletier was born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest side in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. His Chicago roots are noticeable not only because of his accent. He also has that outgoing, Midwestern charm that you would expect from any life-long resident of the city. Bruce has had his share of obstacles and challenges in life, but one of the biggest struggles...
Read more...