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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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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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