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Twenty Years Later, Magic Still Smiling

November 7, 2011

  He was known for his no-look passes, his uncanny court vision, his brilliant smile. And, 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson became known for something else -- HIV. Magic announced his HIV-positive status and retired from basketball on the same day, though he would come back for a brief stint before retiring again. He started the Magic Johnson Foundation , which continues...
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Welcome, United States Conference on AIDS!

November 7, 2011

Experts, advocates and leaders in the HIV/AIDS community will travel to Chicago from all over the country this weekend for the United States Conference on AIDS. The 15th Annual USCA, facilitated by the National Minority AIDS Council, will be at the Sheraton Chicago Towers and Hotel, Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to be serving on the...
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CDPH Keeps Funding for HIV Prevention Programs the Same, Despite Economic Uncertainty

November 7, 2011

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is grateful to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose recent budget proposal did not cut vital city funding for HIV prevention programs, services, and agencies, in spite of the bleak, slow-to-recover economy. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently received from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) a full list of how the city spends its HIV prevention...
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The Many Faces of HIV

November 4, 2011

On a single day in September, about 120 people from all walks of life sent a self-portrait, with a caption, to the Chicago-based Positively Aware magazine. The end result was a striking photo essay called “A Day with HIV in America,” featured in the November/December print edition and online . The collection will also be on display at the United States Conference...
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Innovation, Impact and Inspiration

November 4, 2011

From left -- Arick Buckles, of Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy; Lora Branch, of Gilead Sciences, Inc.; AFC President/CEO David Ernesto Munar; and Keith Elliott, of Dance for Life. -- AFC Photo-Ed Negron His voice crackled with emotion as he told their stories. There...
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UPDATE: Drug Overdose Bill Passes House

October 25, 2011

It shouldn’t be a crime to help save someone’s life. That’s why the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), the Roosevelt University Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, and ACLU of Illinois are advocating for the passage of a bill in the state  that would allow friends and families of drug overdose victims to call for help without fear of prosecution. As it stands now, too...
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Response to Draft Report by the Illinois Health Benefits Exchange Legislative Study Committee

October 6, 2011

The recently enacted (Exchange) Law calls for the creation of a 12-member Legislative Study Committee to issue a report to the General Assembly and the Governor on establishment of the Illinois Health Benefits Exchange. As veto session for the Illinois State Legislature approaches next month, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has weighed in on the proposed .  On October 5, 2011,...
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It's a Strategy! (Well, a draft at least...)

September 21, 2011

On September 13, 2011, the (IDPH) released a draft Illinois HIV/AIDS Strategy at the state HIV/AIDS conference in Springfield.  The release capped nearly a year of work led by Dr. Mildred Williamson, Chief of the IDPH HIV Section, and a dedicated group of community leaders who met for months to outline the plan. The draft Illinois Strategy is a companion to the , which President...
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For HIV counselor, prevention begins with self-esteem

September 19, 2011

Abusive relationships can lead to infection, new study says September 19, 2011 Ten years ago, when Evany Turk's doctor entered an examination room to tell her that she'd tested positive for HIV, she was devastated. "I sat there wondering, 'Why me?'" said Turk, now 34. "I'd been in a committed relationship for three years. We had used a condom the entire time because I was...
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AIDS Leaders Press Feds for Action on Promising New Prevention Tool

August 17, 2011

ATLANTA, August 16, 2011 – Just months after an AIDS drug demonstrated reasonable efficacy in preventing HIV infection in controlled clinical trials, seven leading AIDS organizations are urging the U.S. government to act quickly to determine if the results could translate to the real world.   Today, at an HIV prevention meeting hosted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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