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How Illinois' HIV Criminalization Law Has Changed

July 27, 2012

UPDATE, May 2018: There have been no outward changes to Illinois’ legislation regarding HIV criminalization. However, AFC is part of a coalition working hard to eradicate the criminalization of HIV. Also, the HIV Criminalization Working Group and the HIV is Not a Crime III conference will be happening in June 2018 to further discuss action.  By Ramon Gardenhire In...
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AIDS 2012: A Protest in Photos

July 25, 2012

Here are some photos from Tuesday's We Can End AIDS march.            AFC photos-Gregory Trotter Harlan Smith, of Atlanta, Ga., and Tony Zheng, of China, make signs before the mobilization begins.     Activists ascend the stairs at the Walter Washington Convention Center to begin...
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The Sobering Truth of HIV among MSM

July 25, 2012

The idea of “turning the tide” against the AIDS epidemic will prove to be no more than a slogan if more is not done to address the growing number of gay/bisexual men infected with HIV worldwide, experts said today. Speaking at an afternoon press conference today, a panel of experts presented new research – recently published in a series in the medical journal, The Lancet...
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From the Sports Desk: Chasing an End to AIDS

July 25, 2012

By David Ernesto Munar Living with HIV is sometimes described as a rollercoaster but for me it’s more like a marathon or several of them. Running has been my constant companion, even before my HIV diagnosis in 1994.  Back then, my typical run was shorter – my impatience greater.  My exercise routines mimicked the circumstances of my life.  Desperate...
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Activists "Act Up, Fight Back"; 12 Arrested

July 24, 2012

The Human Rights/Harm Reduction branch of the mobilization waits before moving toward the White House. AFC Photos-Gregory Trotter The last time Laura Thomas was arrested in front of the White House, on Dec. 1, 1989, she was 23 years old. She lied down in the cold street with other ACT UP activists, just trying to be seen. In total, she’s been arrested for civil disobedience...
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Turning the Tide Together

July 23, 2012

“Turning the Tide Together” is produced by the Levi Strauss Foundation. The film depicts the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and spotlights key responses in several regions, from San Francisco to the rural crisis in Florida. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s housing programs are featured in the film to exemplify the extent of services needed to help people living with...
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Activism Alive and Well at AIDS 2012

July 23, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray faced a tough crowd today as he attempted to welcome visitors to Washington D.C. When he took to the stage for the opening ceremony of the Global Village – a free networking area that’s integral to the activist spirit of the conference -- a group of 20 or so protestors marched in front with signs demanding a comprehensive AIDS plan for the nation’s...
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In Search of the AIDS Boson

July 23, 2012

By David Ernesto Munar Like tweens at a Justin Bieber concert, scientists wildly cheered new experimental research findings earlier this month in the field of theoretical physics.  The hoopla resulted from observations made possible by the Large Hadron Collider — the biggest particle accelerator ever built — of the existence of a long sought subatomic particle known as...
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A Prayer for Courage and Unity

July 23, 2012

Rev. Charles Straight, pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton, Ill., delivers the opening convocation at AIDS 2012. The voice thundered out from the bespectacled pastor to the silent, rapt audience. “This is our prayer and this is our common desire for AIDS 2012 – that we be united all the world over as never before to truly turn the tide against...
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AIDS 2012: Day 1 in Photos

July 22, 2012

Here's a glimpse of the first day of AIDS 2012...                                (AFC photos-Gregory Trotter) Condoms were in no short supply at the International AIDS Conference.   Roman Buenrostro,...
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