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AFC Joins Other AIDS Groups in Support of PrEP

May 2, 2012

Leading AIDS Advocates Support FDA Approval of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a Promising New HIV Prevention Method, for Men and Women Written Comments to FDA Advisory Committee Cite Compelling Evidence for PrEP and Urgent Need for Every Available Tool to End AIDS New York, May 1, 2012 – In public comments submitted this week, a group of 14 leading...
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In Occupy Movement, AIDS Activists Find Common Ground

April 30, 2012

Julie Davids, at center with sign, and other AIDS activists joined Occupy Wall Street last week. (Photo courtesy of Kaytee Riek) AIDS activism has a rich history of taking advocacy to the streets, into city halls and state houses, and into American consciousness. Last week, veterans of ACT UP — the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — joined the Occupy movement...
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Putting a Face with the Numbers

April 23, 2012

Advocate Renee Radosz, at right, speaks to Rep. Mary Flowers about opposing cuts to HIV services. AFC Photos-Ed Negron The advocates woke in the dark before dawn and trudged half-asleep onto a bus bound for Springfield. Bound together by a single purpose, they came from Chicago’s distinct neighborhoods, from the rural communities of southern and western Illinois,...
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Making Our Voices Heard

April 20, 2012

  It was a busy week in the news for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and its network of advocates. On Wednesday, about 200 hundred HIV/AIDS advocates traveled to Springfield, for AFC's annual Lobby Day, to fight the proposed $4 million in HIV service cuts. At the same time, Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed a plan to cut $1.3 billion from the state's Medicaid program. Many of...
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AFC Condemns Proposed Medicaid HIV Drug Restrictions

April 19, 2012

Quinn Medicaid Plan Will Limit Access to Life-Saving Medication, Raise Costs for the State, and Increase HIV Cases Today, Gov. Pat Quinn released a litany of proposed Medicaid service cuts designed to reduce the budget by $1.3 billion.  One of these proposals would make it far more difficult for people with HIV to access once-a-day combination pills that have simplified and vastly...
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Plan Unveiled for Rectal Microbicide Research in Africa

April 17, 2012

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VIDEO: Funding Cuts Will Cost Lives

April 16, 2012

  Take seven minutes of your day and watch this video on what the proposed budget cuts to HIV services would mean for people in Illinois. On Wednesday, hundreds of Illinois HIV/AIDS advocates will travel to Springfield, Ill., to oppose the devastating $4 million in proposed budget cuts for HIV services. Gov. Pat...
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Triathlete Looks Back, Races Forward

April 16, 2012

Tim Egan, 42, is currently training with the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) for the Chicago Triathlon and the Steelhead 70.3 Ironman race. It will be his third straight year participating in races to raise money and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Not bad for someone who has never considered himself an athlete. “My main motivation is to raise as much money as I possibly...
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Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Data Geek

April 13, 2012

Keri Rainsberger is director of data services at AFC.    AFC Photos-Ed Negron By Eva Westley It’s not the most glamorous work: keeping track of visits to case managers, trips to the hospital, viral loads and housing applications for the thousands of people with HIV in Chicago. But with government officials, funders, researchers and the members...
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The Ministry of Being There

April 11, 2012

Youth gather for The Night Ministry's outreach services in Boystown. AFC Photos-Ed Negron On a brisk early April night in Boystown, with a nearly full moon tilted in the sky, a group of teens  — many of them homeless — waited in a parking lot on the corner of Belmont and Halsted. Within minutes, two vans belonging to The Night Ministry pulled up to the...
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