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Envisioning health equity: Bhuttu Mathews' story from rock-bottom to redemption

December 17, 2015

by Mirhanda Alewine, communications coordinator Bhuttu Mathews, a member of Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP), uses his experiences as an immigrant and person living with HIV to advocate for other Illinoisans experiencing health inequity. Take a moment to imagine that everyone has access to health care, regardless of race, sex, gender, age, socioeconomic status...
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US Congress strengthens HIV/AIDS services in new budget

December 16, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) lauds the U.S. Congress in their relentless work to negotiate and pass a domestic budget that continues to strengthen and support critical HIV/AIDS services and programs into 2016. Under the budget deal, Congress has made several noteworthy bipartisan commitments in their support for domestic HIV/AIDS programming, including: Ensuring...
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Section 1557: a tool in the fight against HIV discrimination

December 15, 2015

by Ernesto Flores HIV Prevention Justice Alliance Fellow Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010, reports show that 11.4 million people became newly insured between 2010 and 2014 , and the number of uninsured dropped to about 11% in 2015 . Of those people, about 48,000 people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) are among those who recently enrolled...
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Cost and coverage of HIV and hepatitis medications in the Illinois health insurance marketplace

December 11, 2015

Updated Dec. 22, 2015 with finalized report from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School To help people living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) choose health insurance marketplace plans, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School have collected information...
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World of Chocolate jazzes Chicago residents for 14th year

December 9, 2015

More than 1,100 guests, some decked out in their finest 1920s costumes, came together at Union Station to celebrate the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) 14th annual World of Chocolate gala on Thursday, Dec. 3. The larger-than-life celebration really was the bee’s knees — offering guests the chance to try chocolate inspired creations from 27 of Chicago’s...
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AFC commits to fulfilling goals of White House HIV/AIDS strategy

December 3, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)  celebrates the bold goals  outlined by President Barack  Obama’s  updated  National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2020  (NHAS) , which was released on Dec. 1 . In 2010, President Obama became the first President to release the nation's first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and in July...
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AFC releases PrEP coverage guide for IL health marketplace plans

November 30, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has prepared a report on the estimated monthly out ‐ of ‐ pocket cost a person can expect to pay for  Truvada as PrEP under each of the plans on the Illinois health insurance marketplace  offered in Cook County . When taken consistently and correctly, PrEP can reduce one’s risk of contracting HIV by close to 100%....
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We stand with Black lives

November 25, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and the Pride Action Tank stand in solidarity with the family of Laquan McDonald and the protesters who are sacrificing their bodies to ensure that we do not return to business as usual after seeing the horrific video of McDonald being killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.   The slow journey to justice for Laquan McDonald and...
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No day but today: RENT cast sets stage for HIV awareness

November 24, 2015

by Eryn MacNeil, Fundraising Associate World AIDS Day is approaching fast, and what better way to spend it than seeing one of the pop culture events that helped make many people aware of HIV in 1996? Artists Giving Back is putting on a production of RENT on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in honor of World AIDS Day, and to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). Artists Giving Back...
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#SleepOutCHI in 10 tweets

November 24, 2015

On Friday, Nov. 20, nearly 400 people — about half of whom camped overnight — showed up at Chicago's Cricket Hill at Montrose and Lake Michigan to brave the season's first snowfall at the Out in the Open Sleep Out . Out in the Open is the first project of Pride Action Tank , a new, results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups...
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