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From Botswana to Chicago, Refugees Fight Stigma

September 25, 2012

A young refugee in Botswana. UNHCR photo. By Lorraine Ma Seeking refuge in a Botswana camp, a Somali woman found no peace. Known to be HIV-positive, she was subjected to ridicule and threats from her refugee camp neighbors. Stones rained down upon her roof at night.   It was but one striking example of how HIV-positive people...
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AFC Comments on Illinois' Essential Health Benefits Plan

September 24, 2012

The Quinn administration recently announced that the benchmark plan for Illinois’ Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package will be chosen by September 30, 2012 in order to meet the Federal deadline for selecting a plan. The EHB package defines the baseline of services covered by health insurance plans offered to individuals and small businesses in the state.  The plan will have...
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IDPH Director to Discuss HIV Services on Sept. 27

September 19, 2012

UPDATE: AFC will be live tweeting the discussion with Dr. Hasbrouck. To follow the conversation, follow @AIDSChicago on Twitter and pose your own questions for Dr. Hasbrouck using the hashtag #hasbrouck . See you there! On Public Health and HIV: Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Joins HIV/AIDS Advocates and Community Leaders for Breakfast Talk on the Future of HIV Services in Illinois...
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ACT UP Movie Coming to Chicago

September 12, 2012

The acclaimed documentary, "How to Survive a Plague," is slated to open in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre on Friday, Sept. 21. We expect it to be both a powerful reminder of the past and a clarion call to action for today. The film depicts the dark early days of the AIDS epidemic, the callous disregard of the government to respond...
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From Crunching Numbers to Chasing a Dream

September 12, 2012

Paula Foster, founder of Moments in Frames, has partnered with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in her pursuit of doing meaningful work for a just cause. For every picture frame purchased with the AFC promo code, $5 goes to lifesaving HIV prevention, care and housing services. Foster contributed this blog to Inside Story to explain how she got into this line of work. By Paula Foster...
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Illuminating Life with HIV

September 11, 2012

Jeff Berry is editor of Positively Aware, a Chicago-based magazine for people living with or affected by HIV. By Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware , “A Day with HIV” co-founder Last September, a collection of 120 online photographs gave a face to hundreds of thousands of people in North America who live with HIV every day. This portrait of people...
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Advocates Observe First Ever "Global Female Condom Day"

September 6, 2012

Chicago Female Condom Campaign Helps Lead the Way on Sept. 12 Day of Action, Calls for Greater Access to and Increased Education on Importance of Female Condoms For the first time ever, people from all over the world will observe Global Female Condom Day on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The purpose of this dedicated day of action is to demonstrate the need for these important underutilized...
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The New 2012 Updates of The Illinois HIV Testing Law

August 30, 2012

By John Peller Although summer is in full swing, Illinois health care providers have an unprecedented opportunity to re-examine their routine HIV testing practices, thanks to new regulations and information provided by the state of Illinois. First, the Illinois Department of Public Health released after a nearly four-year delay final regulations implementing updates to...
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Vogueing for Change

August 30, 2012

  If you don't know who Shaun Sperling is, or in the very least know who the "bar mitzvah vogue guy" is, you may be living in a cave. (Or it's also possible you don't constantly troll the Internet for viral videos.) At any rate, Shaun Sperling is a Chicago attorney who found sudden and instant fame recently after he uploaded a home video of his 13-year-old self dancing to Madonna's...
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Illinois Medicaid Continues Access to Life-Saving HIV Drugs

August 30, 2012

We are excited to report victory in our efforts to fight back attempts to restrict access to lifesaving HIV medications for Medicaid recipients.  Earlier this year, the Governor and state lawmakers proposed restricting access to the most effective, one-pill a day HIV medications such as Atripla, Truvada, or Kaletra by imposing a cumbersome, arbitrary prior authorization requirement....
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