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Next to - or better than - normal

December 12, 2016

Jeff Tomlinson is what you might call a “normal guy.” He was born and raised in rural Illinois; he has worked as a teacher in the U.S. and in other countries; he goes out and dates and volunteers. But he worries about things that some don’t have to worry about: as someone living with HIV who depends on vital, threatened programs like ADAP, he knows that his health care...
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AFC releases statement on mistrial in shooting death of Walter Scott

December 9, 2016

Like many of you, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) was disheartened by the news earlier this week that a South Carolina jury failed to convict Michael Slager for the shooting death of Walter Scott. Cellphone video showed Slager, a police officer at the time, shoot at Scott eight times as Scott ran away during a stop for a broken brake light...
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AFC releases IL Medicaid guide to HIV coverage

December 7, 2016

To support Medicaid-eligible people in Illinois living with HIV make informed decisions about their health care, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has released an overview of HIV medication coverage in selected Medicaid Managed Care plans . “Navigating the complex world of Medicaid Managed Care plans as a consumer can be confusing, frustrating, or just plain scary,”...
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Better care for better lives

December 7, 2016

By Cotrell Loftin Alaina Kennedy is a self-proclaimed “daughter of Chicagoland” who recently joined AFC’s staff as its first-ever Manager of Health Equity. Her passion for the city of Chicago doesn’t stop at the food or the amazing architecture: Alaina wants to build up the people, especially those who face inequity in quality of life because of stigma surrounding...
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BudgetWatch: End of Veto Session wrap-up

December 5, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good morning everyone, I just wanted to provide a quick update on the now completed Veto Session that wrapped up last Thursday evening. Substantive Legislation There was little movement on the budget, as expected, during Veto Session. However, a House resolution sponsored by Rep. Dave McSweeney that stated the...
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So sweet: Chicagoans commemorated World AIDS Day at World of Chocolate gala

December 2, 2016

Around 1,100 guests came together at Revel Fulton Market to celebrate the  AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s  (AFC) 15th annual  World of Chocolate  gala on Thursday, Dec. 1. The evening raised $105,000 (net) to support the vital services AFC provides to thousands of Chicagoans each year, in addition to its work to make health equity and justice a reality in Illinois and...
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2017 PrEP assessment compares IL Marketplace plans

November 28, 2016

People who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to HIV infection can take a medication to help prevent HIV. Currently, only one medication, Truvada, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of HIV. It is also recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. The AIDS Foundation of...
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Loud, proud and HIV+

November 17, 2016

Joseph Varisco, Program Coordinator for Art AIDS America Chicago , writes about the first exhibition to explore how the AIDS crisis forever changed American art Four years ago, I was diagnosed HIV+. Since that time, I have been working across communities with one vital directive: create productive, powerful and engaging interactions. As a performing arts curator and producer, I use...
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In conversation: AFC's housing leadership shifts in a promising moment for housing and health care

November 16, 2016

At the end of September, Arturo Bendixen retired from his role as the executive director of the Center for Housing and Health, a supporting organization for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago that has focused on innovative housing models to shift the landscape of supportive housing in Chicago and across the U.S. Art worked at AFC and the Center for a combined 13 years. Taking his role as the Center’s...
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HIV and mass incarceration: How Black lives are impacted

November 3, 2016

by Raven Feagins and Cotrell Loftin The Black Lives Matter Series: Race, Politics and Restorative Justice Conference on Oct. 6 explored the relationship between mass incarceration, racial equity and social justice in the criminal justice system. Raven Feagins and Cotrell Loftin attended this conference to investigate the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from incarceration to...
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