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AIDS Foundation of Chicago names John Peller president/CEO

September 25, 2014

The Board of Directors of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) unanimously voted to name John Peller as AFC’s new president/CEO. An innovative national and local leader in the HIV/AIDS field, Peller most recently held the position of Interim president/CEO at AFC. Previously, Peller led AFC's advocacy and policy work at the city, state and national levels as vice president of policy. Peller is...
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Letter from AFC Board Chair

September 25, 2014

Dear Friends: It is with pleasure that I announce that, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), we have appointed John Peller as AFC’s new president/CEO. After a rigorous national search, the board unanimously decided John was the best person to lead the organization. Given his proven leadership and accomplishments in the sector coupled...
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More than 3,000 runners, walkers, volunteers raise over $380,000 for 32 HIV/AIDS organizations

September 18, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn thanked runners and walkers and reiterated his commitment to HIV/AIDS services in Illinois this morning at the start of the thirteenth annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. The event welcomed more than 3,000 runners, walkers and volunteers to raise more than $380,000 for 32 organizations that support people living with HIV/AIDS. The event took participants in the event's...
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Health and rights advocates mobilize across the globe to demand female condoms

September 15, 2014

On September 16, sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates from around the world will take part in the third annual Global Female Condom Day (GFCD), a day of education and advocacy dedicated to increasing awareness, accessibility, and use of female condoms worldwide. This year, individuals and groups will join a “Dance4Demand” campaign to show the world that people want...
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T2's Ironman 70.3 Steelhead finisher achieves huge fitness and fundraising goals

September 7, 2014

The Team to End AIDS (T2) has for five years offered people who are interested in completing an endurance event the opportunity to raise significant funds toward the fight to end HIV/AIDS while getting trained for athletic success. Through its triathlon, Steelhead, half-marathon and marathon training programs and fundraising guidance, T2 athletes have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars —...
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A T-shirt represents one artist's commitment to end AIDS

September 5, 2014

Art has the powerful capacity to unite communities. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) collaborated with Chicago artist Anastasia Mak, who created a memorable T-shirt design for top fundraisers participating in AFC's upcoming event, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. As event day approaches, participants are connecting with their communities to support vital HIV/AIDS services. Mak's...
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Through performance art, new narratives emerge about chronic illness

September 3, 2014

After being diagnosed as HIV-positive two years ago, Chicago-based performance artist, multimedia producer, documentarian and teacher Joe Varisco felt an absence: Where are the narratives around HIV that reflected his story, the story and experiences of his communities and their lives? In the months after his diagnosis, he immersed himself in media representations that told the story...
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Gaining a holistic understanding of HIV to help protect vulnerable communities

August 29, 2014

The best way so solve a problem is to know it from all angles. That’s why Alan Johnson, Linkage to Care Coordinator at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, enrolled in the African American HIV University Science and Treatment College , a year-long research and training program that examines HIV/AIDS from every angle. Sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute and the University of California,...
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"You're not a second-class citizen because you're HIV-positive. You're a human being."

August 21, 2014

HIV — it’s not just a problem in large metropolitan areas. In fact, about one-third of the HIV/AIDS cases in Illinois are among people living outside of Chicago. That’s why places like Open Door Clinic are needed — to serve people living with and at increased vulnerability for HIV in places like Aurora and Elgin. Sacha Urban, a passionate HIV/AIDS advocate and longtime...
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Advocacy groups report to UN on US failures to address the HIV epidemic in communities of color

August 6, 2014

CHICAGO —HIV/AIDS activists have found a unique way to pressure the U.S. to prioritize and address rising rates of HIV among communities of color. In a report submitted to the United Nations, a national coalition of HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations details the disparate impact of HIV/AIDS on communities of color, and identifies the lack of U.S. action on social drivers of the epidemic in those...
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