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A Brother Lost to AIDS Lights the Way

February 10, 2012

Tom Rubnitz in 1990 When Mary Lu Roffe’s brother died of AIDS in 1992, his death left a void in her life that likely will never be filled. In a recent interview, she fought back tears before the first question had been asked. “People say it gets better with time,”...
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Black AIDS Day Panel Examines HIV and Aging

February 6, 2012

Tomorrow, a Chicago panel of experts will honor National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by tackling a difficult topic: the increasing incidence of HIV among aging baby boomers. Why is this happening? What can be done about it? The "seX Factor" panel will address those questions and more tomorrow on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is...
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AFC Honors Black AIDS Day with Advocacy

February 6, 2012

In honor of National Black AIDS Awareness Day, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and a team of advocates will be making their voices heard in Springfield, urging the extension of a crucial program that funds HIV prevention and treatment. AFC representatives and community advocates will join legislators at a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., in Room 115 of the State Capitol,...
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Illinois Department of Corrections Partners with AIDS Foundation Chicago to Offer New Educational Video

February 3, 2012

“Outside the Walls: Life Beyond HIV” to be Shown Inside Illinois Department of Corrections Facilities Starting This Year CHICAGO – Angela McLaurin describes it simply as “the wake-up call” – that moment in 1995 when she tested positive for HIV while in prison. Upon her release, Angela used an HIV services...
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Kushner in the Here and Now

February 2, 2012

Charlie Newell (at left) , longtime artistic director of the Court Theatre,and playwright Tony Kushner discuss the upcoming production of Angels in America . AFC Photos Legendary playwright Tony Kushner shuffled into the rehearsal room about 10 minutes before the first read-through of the Court Theatre’s spring production of Angels in America . He shook...
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ADAP Changes for Better

February 1, 2012

UPDATE: (2/23/12) Legislators approved the proposed changes to the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The changes will be implemented over the next six months. Life is about to get much simpler for the 4,200 people who access their HIV medications through the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The program has undergone major changes in the last 18 months or so,...
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Sheltering Our Youth

January 26, 2012

Robert Dibbles (standing at left) John Cerdon (center in blue shirt) and other homeless youth advocates help advise the city's new homelessness plan.   (All photos courtesy of Bruce Powell)   A young Asian-American man stood to address the crowd of 200 or so people gathered at the Chicago Temple to discuss youth homelessness on Wednesday. John...
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Open Letter to FDA Urging PrEP Review

January 25, 2012

This is an open letter to the Food and Drug Administration, urging the priority review of the drug Truvada for use in PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 25 other organizations signed this letter to counter the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's protest of the FDA regarding this review. T o read the PDF of the letter, with footnotes, click here . January 25,...
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Housing Chicago's Most Vulnerable

January 24, 2012

The powerful story of Frank and Anthony Nowotnik, 43-year-old twin brothers recently housed after a hardscrabble life of homelessness, was featured in the Monday Chicago Tribune . We encourage you to read Colleen Mastony’s honest and compelling story, “Warming to Life Indoors.” The inseparable Nowotnik brothers, as the story describes, are still coming to terms...
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The Crime of Being Gay (and Having to Hide It)

January 19, 2012

Jim Pickett (at right) stands with with Brian Kanyemba of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 2011. (AFC Photo)   The dream of the AIDS-free generation will never be realized as long as there remain countries in the world that kill and imprison...
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