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Paying the Price: the truth about HCV treatment on Medicaid

July 27, 2018

By Ashley Brown UPDATE: In November 2018, the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) announced that a hepatitis C cure would be accessible for thousands more Illinoisans on Medicaid, many of whom were previously denied treatment until they reached end-stage disease. Learn more here . If you are on Medicaid in Illinois and have hepatitis C, be prepared to wait...
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AFC Statement Against Trump Administration’s Policy Banning People living with HIV from Military Service

July 25, 2018

The Department of Defense released the “Deploy or Get Out!” policy, effective Oct. 1, which directs the Pentagon to discharge service members who can’t be deployed outside of the U.S. for more than 12 consecutive months. Due to an antiquated policy dating back to the early days of the epidemic, service members living with HIV are considered non-deployable. An estimated 1,200...
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His Lifelong Journey to Being Poz and Proud

July 18, 2018

By Rae Colyer My name is Rae Colyer, and I am the youngest of twelve. Out of all my siblings, I happen to be closest with Marlin Jr., my eldest brother (he’s got fifteen and half years on me)! Both of us identify as queer individuals; me as a genderqueer pansexual, he as a gay man. If it were not for his guidance, and his own trials and tribulations coming out, I have no idea where...
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Why we love sex ed (and you should, too): A case for more comprehensive, evidence-based sex ed in schools

July 9, 2018

By Clair Daney This spring, Baltimore made headlines as a federal judge ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to restore $5 million in grant funding it had withheld without explanation from two local evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.  This story has been a single outgrowth amid the Trump administration’s broader push to eliminate science-based,...
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Supporting my uncle means supporting a community

June 27, 2018

By Isabella Guzman I was invited and inspired by my uncle, Armando Ramirez, whom I love very much, to participate in AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 6 years ago. He was diagnosed with HIV 14 years ago. All I knew at that time was that I was going to be supportive and have fun with my mom and uncles. I would get my own shirt and my own running number and that was exciting in itself! My...
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More than a call

June 25, 2018

 By Raven Feagins  “Imagine putting on multiple hats with each call you receive. Sometimes I’m the person that clients call to laugh and joke with, but oftentimes I’m the person they’re reaching out to because they’re in a crisis. Often, my team and I are the sole individuals that a caller has disclosed their HIV status to at the time of their...
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AFC Statement on the Trump Administration's Zero Tolerance and Family Separation Policy

June 25, 2018

AFC joins the chorus of those speaking out against the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance and Family Separation policies. We are disgusted and angered by these clear, unapologetic efforts to tear families apart, and to criminalize and imprison immigrants and refugees. We acknowledge our nation’s long history of dehumanizing people of color, and view the current administration’s...
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Mr. Goode Goes to Springfield

June 21, 2018

By Coleman Goode On a dark May morning, I arrived at work before the sun was up fighting off nerves ahead of my first large Springfield Advocacy Day here at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). Our mission: deliver over 100 advocates to the state capitol to advocate for a positive budget with their state legislators. Our message was clear: they need to fully fund HIV programs and...
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These eight organizations are the top HIV case management providers in Chicago

June 13, 2018

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce the top eight Chicago-area care organizations in its HIV medical and non-medical case management network for Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2017. By connecting people living with HIV to case managers who help them achieve their health goals, these eight organizations support more than 711 members of AFC’s 5,869 clients. ...
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The end of an impactful session

June 1, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, June 1, 2018 – Each year, May 31 marks the end of the Spring Legislative Session in Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly adjourned on Thursday, after a productive and effective Spring Session, a stark contrast to the past years. The House and Senate passed a bi-partisan budget that received near unanimous support across the aisle and across chambers. There are high...
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