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Largest and longest-running HIV/AIDS coalition calls for scale-up of PrEP; AIDS Foundation of Chicago leads locally

November 24, 2014

The largest and longest running national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, AIDS United (AU), is calling for the scale-up of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is a long-standing member of AU’s Public Policy Committee (PPC) and is a local, national and international leader on new HIV prevention technologies, including PrEP. PrEP,...
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Unique program brings public awareness, STI testing to young women, transwomen of color

October 1, 2014

Project Elevate creates an integrated system of care and utilizes social marketing, community and population input and environmental strategies CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to announce a new community partnership funded as a part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) community program Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually...
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Health and rights advocates mobilize across the globe to demand female condoms

September 15, 2014

On September 16, sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates from around the world will take part in the third annual Global Female Condom Day (GFCD), a day of education and advocacy dedicated to increasing awareness, accessibility, and use of female condoms worldwide. This year, individuals and groups will join a “Dance4Demand” campaign to show the world that people want...
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Community-based testing programs link newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals with care

June 17, 2014

Through its HIV-VIP Linkage to Care Program the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) uses social media and outreach to promote community-based testing to hard-to-reach populations. This program also offers immediate linkage to one of 12 medical homes, which typically initiate care within 72 hours of diagnosis and use culturally competent HIV testers and care coordinators to support patients in choosing...
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Advocates Applaud Launch of MTN-017, World's First Phase II Rectal Microbicide Study

October 2, 2013

Trial Design Significantly Enhanced By Strong Community Input For Immediate Release Media contact: Jim Pickett, IRMA jpickett@aidschicago.org +1 773 600 6407 October 2, 2013 – IRMA applauds the launch of the world’s first-ever Phase II rectal microbicide trial. The Microbicide Trial Network’s study, called MTN-017, will test a reduced...
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New International Report on HIV Prevention Urges Localized Consideration of Antiretroviral Strategies

June 19, 2013

MEDIA CONTACTS AIDS Foundation of Chicago – Jim Pickett jpickett@aidschicago.org +1 773 600 6407 RAND Europe – Claire O’Brien cobrien@rand.org +44-1223-273860 New International Report on HIV Prevention Urges Localized Consideration of Antiretroviral Strategies First Report on Antiretroviral Drugs for HIV Prevention...
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Over 500 Endorsers Demand Answers on Lubricant Safety

June 12, 2013

For Immediate Release Media contact: Jim Pickett, IRMA/AIDS Foundation of Chicago jpickett@aidschicago.org +1 773 600 6407 Over 500 Endorsers Demand Answers on Lubricant Safety Global coalition of organizations and individuals calls for research agenda to determine safety of sexual lubricants June 12, 2013 – Over 500 organizations and individuals...
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National Task Force Recommends Universal HIV Testing

May 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2013 Media contact: Ryan Singleton Tel. 312-334-0913 Email: rsingleton@aidschicago.org AFC Applauds Recommendation The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a landmark recommendation on April 29, strongly supporting routine HIV testing for all individuals ages 15 through 65.  Because federal law...
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Groundbreaking New Video on Rectal Microbicides is Released

December 17, 2012

For immediate release: Dec. 17, 2012 MEDIA CONTACTS: IRMA – Jim Pickett jpickett@aidschicago.org +1 773 600 6407 Population Council pubinfo@popcouncil.org +1 212 339 0509 Rectal Microbicide Research Takes Giant Leap Forward with Groundbreaking Educational Video HIV prevention organizations debut The...
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AFC Launches Need2Know HIV, a New HIV Testing Campaign

December 3, 2012

Need2Know HIV campaign to spread word about importance of early, ongoing and accurate testing. More than 20,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago – three times the national prevalence rate. In some Chicago neighborhoods, HIV rates have climbed to a staggering 53 percent in recent years. That’s why the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is marking...
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