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Media-driven stigma continues with new HIV criminalization case

November 10, 2014

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media’s coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma. A new case under an outdated HIV criminalization law in Illinois demonstrates the media’s inability to handle sensitive...
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AFC awarded second year of funding to help people register for health insurance through Affordable Care Act

November 7, 2014

In-person counselors will focus on connecting HIV-positive, LGBT, homeless Illinoisans to health insurance For the second year, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has been awarded a grant to fund in-person counselors (IPCs) to help individuals enroll for health insurance through the Get Covered Illinois In-Person Counselor Program. In collaboration with AIDS Legal Council...
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AFC congratulates Governor-Elect Rauner, urges policy and funding continuity

November 5, 2014

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) congratulates Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner on his victory last night. We and the community of HIV advocates stand ready to assist the governor-elect’s transition team as they plan for the new administration. HIV and public health are not partisan issues. Every HIV infection averted through strong prevention programs saves the state over...
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A Chat With Jim Pickett as the First HIV Research for Prevention (HIV R4P) Conference Looms

October 28, 2014

TheBodyPro.com ’s Julie Davids interviewed the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Director of Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health Jim Pickett on the first HIV Research for Prevention (HIV R4P) conference , which he is currently attending in Cape Town, South Africa. Read the full interview here . Jim Pickett is a one-man example of the blurring lines in HIV prevention...
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Keeping stars like Glenn bright through HIV fundraising

October 10, 2014

Haunted House gives more than scares to the community in partnership with AFC You have likely heard of trick-or-treating for charitable causes (see: UNICEF), but at Fear City Haunted House in Morton Grove, Ill, the team is turning thrills, chills and screams of terror into charitable dollars. Behind the special effects and creepy characters that give you goosebumps, the haunted house...
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New ad campaign urges Mexican men to seek HIV testing and care services

October 9, 2014

“Salud y Orgullo Mexicano” Debuts Citywide on Bus Shelters and Spanish-Language Radio in Advance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day In advance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (Oct. 15), the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has launched “Salud y Orgullo Mexicano,” a citywide project designed to encourage Mexican men to connect to HIV testing and care services...
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We Are Here blog tour: "When Resilience Isn't Enuf: Black Lives Matter"

October 8, 2014

“We Are Here: Black Gay Men in the South, ” is a blog tour curated by the Counter Narrative Project and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance to amplify the voices of black gay men in the South. Each day for the next week, a new piece will be posted. For more information, feel free to contact: thecounternarrative@gmail.com   When R esilience...
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AFC thanks Rep. Mike Quigley for introducing bill to modernize federal AIDS housing program

October 6, 2014

H.R. 5640 would reauthorize the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program and update the program’s funding formula The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) thanks Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., for introducing H.R. 5640, the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) Modernization Act . The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the HOPWA program and update the program’s...
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Unique program brings public awareness, STI testing to young women, transwomen of color

October 1, 2014

Project Elevate creates an integrated system of care and utilizes social marketing, community and population input and environmental strategies CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to announce a new community partnership funded as a part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) community program Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually...
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Two public events celebrate HIV awareness day through monologues, workshops and more

September 30, 2014

AFC Public Allies Intern Lawrence Turner covered two events to commemorate National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day that were sponsored by AFC — the Black Gay Guys Rock Monologues, a night of storytelling on Sept. 24 about experiences among black gay men, and Sex in the City II, a daylong conference on Sept. 25 that unpacked a spectrum of joys and concerns faced by the black gay male...
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