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Ryan White case manager stops opioid overdose minutes after receiving training from AFC

April 17, 2020

By Bailey Williams  For the past three years, Mayra Olivares has helped people living with HIV and AIDS achieve better health outcomes. As a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program case manager at Erie Family Health Centers, Mayra makes sure her clients receive needed medication, medical appointments and referrals for vital services like housing. Prior to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayra...
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Governor JB Pritzker, Rep. Cabello, and the Need for Humanity

April 16, 2020

Photo by Tobias Rehbein By Aisha N. Davis, Esq. On Wednesday, April 15, Illinois State Representative John M. Cabello (Machesney Park) released the names of formerly incarcerated people whose sentences were commuted in the past month by Governor JB Pritzker. Rep. Cabello defended publicizing the names of these individuals by...
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2020 Public Health Boot Camp canceled due to COVID-19 crisis

April 15, 2020

The health and safeguarding of our community is our highest priority. In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Northwestern University have decided to cancel the 2020 Public Health Boot Camp (PHBC), scheduled for July 26 - 30.  Our decision was informed by advice from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the State of Illinois, World...
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Sexperts! Know your options for HIV prevention!

April 9, 2020

Remember when we could swipe through Tinder, meet up with someone new and later have an amazing sexual encounter? Though the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is keeping us indoors, the time will come when we're able to enjoy in-person sex outside our homes. When that day arrives, you'll want to know what preventive options are available.  Thankfully, you have options to prevent...
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COVID-19, Black America, and the Deadly Cycle of Racism

April 8, 2020

By Aisha N. Davis, Esq. In the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic has led us into a new reality that we have never experienced, both here in Chicago and across the United States. However, one emerging trend is not novel – Black people and communities across the nation are being disproportionately impacted by pandemic hot spots and COVID-19 related deaths. Systemic racism has...
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AFC innovates to meet increased need for food, financial assistance amid coronavirus

April 6, 2020

By Bailey Williams Prior to March 13, Alex Delakis spent most of his day meeting with people living with HIV in their homes and at public establishments like McDonald's. As a medical case manager for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), Alex coordinated clients' medical care and associated services such as financial assistance and transportation. In the last few weeks, the routine...
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Censual Healing: Why LGBTQ+ folks need to get counted in 2020

April 1, 2020

It’s almost Census time, and while it might seem scary, the Census is important, safe, and easier to complete than you may think. by Anthony Ruth In 2010, Dan Savage started “It Gets Better,” Lady Gaga wore the meat dress, Oprah still had her daytime talk show, and everyone with a smartphone—which wasn’t yet everyone—was playing Angry Birds....
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AFC seeks Board members to help achieve our mission

March 12, 2020

Are you interested in creating equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions? If the answer is yes, we have just the volunteer opportunity for you!  AIDS Foundation of Chicago is seeking candidates for Board membership. We’re looking for individuals who can help us achieve our goals of equity and justice by serving on the Board of Directors...
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AFC remembers Chicago leader Marc Loveless

March 10, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)’s Board and staff send our deepest condolences to Marc Loveless’s family and friends. Chicago has lost an unstoppable advocate, champion for the voiceless and fierce fighter for justice. Marc was everywhere, seemingly at once. Just last week, Marc was at AFC’s Annual Meeting cheering us on. Marc will long be remembered for his incredible...
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AFC embraces Black AIDS Institute’s We the People Plan

March 8, 2020

On this year’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Feb. 7, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) released We the People — a sweeping, national, Black-led plan to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) enthusiastically endorses the Black AIDS Institute’s plan and commits to supporting BAI in implementing the plan through AFC’s statewide efforts...
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