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AFC releases PrEP coverage guide for IL health marketplace plans

November 30, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has prepared a report on the estimated monthly out ‐ of ‐ pocket cost a person can expect to pay for  Truvada as PrEP under each of the plans on the Illinois health insurance marketplace  offered in Cook County . When taken consistently and correctly, PrEP can reduce one’s risk of contracting HIV by close to 100%....
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Amid state budget woes, AFC partners with two community organizations

October 26, 2015

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)  is pleased to announce  its plan to provide   Taskforce Prevention and Community Services (Taskforce) and Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus (CBGMC)  with  development grant s  and  support in  long-term strategic planning.  As a result of these Capacity Building Assistance...
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What to say // What not to say: STIs and dating apps

October 5, 2015

By Elijah McKinnon, Digital Communications Coordinator “What to say // What not to say” is a series that explores the nuances associated with navigating topics related to HIV and AIDS, sexual health and relationships. There’s no denying that the birth of apps and websites like Grindr, Tinder and OKCupid have forever changed the dating landscape. According...
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Quiz: What's the future of HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention?

September 16, 2015

HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention comes in many shapes, sizes, textures and forms — and there's definitely room for improvement. Take this quiz to see how you can shape the future of sexual health!    
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Are you a #PrEP know-it-all?

August 20, 2015

Do you have your Ph.D. in PrEPology, or are you a PrEP-school dropout? Test your PrEP knowledge with our quiz below.
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PrEP is here to stay: an exploration of thoughts surrounding sex and prevention

July 16, 2015

by Elijah McKinnon Digital Communications Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 16, 2012, Truvada for PrEP has sparked many controversial narratives about the future of HIV prevention — and sex in general.   What’s clear is that PrEP works — and that it’s not a one-size-fits-all...
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Breaking the barrier: Three ways to overcome access issues for PrEP

July 14, 2015

by Jessica Terlikowski Director of Prevention Technology Education, AIDS Foundation of Chicago This year’s International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence brought researchers, advocates and others in the HIV field to Miami from June 28-30 to discuss the role of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in preventing new infections and supporting the health of people...
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Beverly elevates young women and transwomen in new youth-led STI prevention campaign

June 18, 2015

by Lawrence Turner Imagine: You are an 18-year-old transgender woman in America today. Your parents no longer take care of you; you need housing, a job, a community, medical care and so much more, but discrimination and ignorance is keeping you from accessing these basic human needs. Or imagine this: You are a young woman who is sexually active, and you do not feel safe talking to...
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June marks National HIV Testing Day - and a spectrum of events for Chicago

June 2, 2015

In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Chicagoland's Step Up. Get Tested., presented by Harmony, A WellCare Company, will host a monthlong series of events designed to engage the city and surrounding areas around HIV testing. Step Up. Get Tested. started in 2012 as a collaborative to provide HIV testing in highly vulnerable communities, increase the amount of individuals...
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Budget cuts target organizations supporting Black gay men including a vital link to care

May 8, 2015

This article is the second in AFC’s Cuts to the Cascade series, which focuses on the people, programs and communities representing columns of the HIV treatment cascade . All of the Cuts to the Cascade subjects are under threat of losing vital state support as a result of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Illinois budget.   As Illinois legislators...
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