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The Enduring Power of Angels

January 6, 2012

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will welcome Tony Kushner and his groundbreaking play, Angels in America , back to Chicago this spring. Kushner (pictured at right) will be the guest of honor at AFC’s 2012 Dinner on March 27 . Both parts of the play, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika , open at the Court Theatre on April 14. Proceeds from the opener will benefit...
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2011: A Year of Progress, Setbacks

December 31, 2011

Tonight, the ball drops, the glasses of bubbly clink, Kathy Griffin says inappropriate things, Anderson Cooper blushes, and 2011 recedes into memory. For the HIV/AIDS community, it was a year of immense success and change, along with some notable setbacks. Two steps forward, one step back, as the saying goes. Perhaps more than anything, 2011 will be remembered as the year that...
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A Life Marked by AIDS (and Hope)

December 21, 2011

David D. Robertson is an empowerment speaker and blogger based in Chicago, Bronzeville to be exact. He recently took the time to write about his life, as an HIV-positive young black man, and his community for Inside Story . You can find out more about Robertson (pictured at right) on his website . *** HIV/AIDS first walked into my life in the fall of 2004...
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FDA Considers Truvada for PrEP

December 19, 2011

An exciting and controversial HIV prevention method called “PrEP” took an important step forward late last week. On Friday, Gilead Sciences, Inc. submitted research data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for consideration of the antiretroviral drug Truvada to be used in a new preventative strategy called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Currently, Truvada is FDA-approved...
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AFC Statement on Federal Funding Ban for Syringe Exchanges

December 19, 2011

On Friday, December 16, Congress sent President Obama the final fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill, which reinstates a prohibition on using federal funding to support syringe exchanges. We implore President Obama to condemn the federal funding ban in the strongest language possible and begin working immediately for its repeal. “Reinstating the ban on federal syringe exchange funding...
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ADAP Experiences Growing Pains

December 16, 2011

In an elevator with strangers, Will Wilson regaled me with the story of recently losing his job as a tour bus guide when an insolent child called him a “fag.” Suffice it to say Wilson lost his temper in response. This somewhat disturbing story was humorous in its telling, though two men in the elevator shuffled their feet and cast sideways glances, apparently uncomfortable with such talk...
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AFC Remembers John Davis

December 14, 2011

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of John Davis, a great warrior in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Davis died on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, after a long battle with HIV. He worked as an emergency services associate, on the housing team, at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in 2007 before leaving for health reasons. Davis will be remembered as a relentless and courageous...
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Syringe Exchanges Caught in Political Crosshairs

December 14, 2011

UPDATE: 12/19, Congress sent President Obama the final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012, which reinstates the ban on federal funding for syringe exchanges. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago strongly opposes the ban and released this statement in response. UPDATE: 12/15 10:30 a.m.  Overnight, the House released an omnibus spending bill that reinstates the ban on...
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Occupy HIV/AIDS!

December 13, 2011

Keri Peters (at left) poses with another Occupy Chicago protestor at a recent protest.   It was probably just a matter of time before the Occupy political movement and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) crossed paths. The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like a prairie fire throughout the United States and beyond -- from the streets of Oakland, Calif.,...
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Bridging the Gap

December 12, 2011

Kenneth (at left) is HIV tested by Mike Jasper, of M.A.D.E. (at right). AFC Photo-Ed Negron On the day before Thanksgiving, a 22-year-old African-American man named Kenneth leaned back in his chair, waiting to find out if he was HIV-positive. It was quiet...
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