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Getting on board with PrEP: "It all starts with making one choice"

May 28, 2014

Curtis Lewis is just like many 22-year-olds: he is a student at Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond, IN. And when he’s not studying, he’s also an actor: he will be featured in Gary Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet as Romeo this summer. Lewis is also a sexually active gay male, and he’s taking preventive measures to keep himself HIV-negative. Curtis...
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Illinois governor's office warns ACA health insurance plans against HIV/AIDS discrimination

May 27, 2014

Announcement sets stage for better HIV medication coverage in 2015   CHICAGO — In a statement issued on May 23 , Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron informs insurers that the department will not permit health insurance plans that discriminate against people living with HIV/AIDS to be sold on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015...
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HIV medication coverage guide released for Medicaid and other ACA plans

May 16, 2014

To help people with HIV choose Medicaid and Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative HMO plans in Illinois, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has collected and published information on HIV medication coverage for each plan. These plans are available for people on Medicaid because they are disabled, on Medicaid and Medicare (“dual-eligible”), or who enrolled through the Affordable Care...
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CDC recommendation on PrEP use endorsed by AFC and other AIDS health organizations

May 16, 2014

More than 80 HIV/AIDS health organizations, including AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), announced their support for new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that recommend use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as one prevention option for adults “at substantial risk of HIV acquisition.” PrEP is a once-a-day regimen of anti-HIV medication, Truvada,...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago to state legislators: don't cut $4 million from HIV/AIDS services budget

May 13, 2014

CHICAGO — AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and its allies in the public health field arena urge Illinois legislators to prevent major program cuts — including a massive $4 million cut to critical HIV/AIDS services for people in Illinois — by extending a temporary state income tax rate. This month, Illinois state legislators are faced with the question of whether to make permanent...
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An advocacy update from a peer educator

May 12, 2014

On April 9, three clients and I, an Open Door Clinic staff member, joined the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP) and over 100 other advocates as we converged on Springfield to advocate for issues that impact to the HIV/AIDS community. Our biggest push was for the continued funding of HIV/AIDS services. When Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed his budget for next year, he maintained...
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AIDS Run & Walk Chicago invites community partners to gain exposure and donations at 2014 event

May 7, 2014

Through its innovative Community Direct beneficiary program, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) invites HIV/AIDS organizations to raise funds for their own programs and services at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago . Last year, the 34 Community Direct partner organizations raised a combined $280,000. "AIDS Run & Walk is a tremendous opportunity for HIV/AIDS organizations to increase...
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Subject Matter Hearing Testimony Supporting SB2670 (Hepatitis C Screening Bill)

May 5, 2014

Written testimony released April 29, 2014 SB2670 creates the Hepatitis C Screening Act , which provides that individuals born from 1945 to 1965 be offered a hepatitis C test when accessing other health care services. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) testifies in support of SB 2670 — The Hepatitis Screening Bill. We thank Senator John Mulroe along with many advocates...
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Igniting our 30th year of service by honoring two long-time supporters

May 1, 2014

AIDS Foundation of Chicago's (AFC) top donors and supporters will be venturing to Ignite Glass Studios in the textured West Town neighborhood for this year's spring fundraising event, where we'll kick off our 30th year of service. IGNITE, named after the industrial venue, will feature an open bar, world-class fare and dancing. Guests will also enjoy live glass artistry and roof-top views of the city...
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HUD grants $3 million to AIDS Foundation of Chicago to continue two housing programs

April 25, 2014

Through its Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $3 million to AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) for two of its core housing programs. The Re-entry Housing for Health Partnership (RHHP) was awarded a $1,419,482 HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant to continue to provide housing...
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