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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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AFC Hails New Chicago Deputy Commissioner for HIV/STI Services

November 24, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2012 MEDIA CONTACT Greg Trotter, 312-314-0913   The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) welcomes the appointment of Nanette Benbow as the new Deputy Commissioner for HIV and STI Services at the Chicago Department of Public Health....
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Comments to Illinois Department of Public Health on Proposed Rules of Sexually Transmissible Disease

November 7, 2012

Recently the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) proposed adoption of rules for the sexually transmissible disease code. After consultation with medical providers, agencies that provide services to youth, community members, and persons living with HIV and STDs and other service providers, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and Howard Brown Health Center...
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Advocates Observe First Ever "Global Female Condom Day"

September 6, 2012

Chicago Female Condom Campaign Helps Lead the Way on Sept. 12 Day of Action, Calls for Greater Access to and Increased Education on Importance of Female Condoms For the first time ever, people from all over the world will observe Global Female Condom Day on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The purpose of this dedicated day of action is to demonstrate the need for these important underutilized...
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The New 2012 Updates of The Illinois HIV Testing Law

August 30, 2012

By John Peller Although summer is in full swing, Illinois health care providers have an unprecedented opportunity to re-examine their routine HIV testing practices, thanks to new regulations and information provided by the state of Illinois. First, the Illinois Department of Public Health released after a nearly four-year delay final regulations implementing updates to...
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HIV Testing Fact Sheet 2012

August 23, 2012

Updated HIV Testing Guidelines In May 2012, the Illinois Department of Public Health revised HIV testing regulations to reflect the updated law on HIV testing in Illinois. Our latest fact sheet summarizes the current HIV testing law and regulations, and is a useful guide for clinicians . For more on HIV testing regulations in Illinois: See the revised Illinois HIV/AIDS...
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AFC Hails FDA Approval of Truvada for PrEP

July 16, 2012

Historic decision makes Truvada the first drug approved to reduce the risk of HIV infection from sexual contact among HIV-negative individuals at elevated risk of infection Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Gilead’s  antiretroviral drug Truvada for HIV prevention — known as  pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The AIDS Foundation...
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"Change My Story" Campaign Unveils New Ads For At-Risk Communities

July 9, 2012

AIDS Foundation of Chicago “Change My Story” Campaign Debuts Smartphone-Driven Ads to Connect People to HIV Prevention and Care Services Health Promotion Initiative Uses Website, Video Testimonials, Mobile Messaging to Encourage African American Gay and Bisexual Men and Young Women to Get Tested, Get Care CHICAGO – To mark National HIV Testing Day, the...
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Every Day is National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2012

No one has to live with uncertainty. That is why, in a city-wide effort, the Step Up, Get Tested campaign has set up free HIV testing in the Chicagoland area for National HIV Testing Day (June 27). The Step Up, Get Tested campaign aims to test 5,000 Chicagoans through testing events in various locations from now through July 4. Find out where you can be tested today .  ...
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Sign Up for 6/19 PrEP Webinar!

June 14, 2012

Still confused about PrEP? Don't know what to make of the controversy surrounding it? Sign up for next week's webinar! In response to recent news from the FDA regarding the use of the drug Truvada for prevention, Mapping Pathways , AIDS United and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago are presenting a webinar focusing on the ARV-based strategy PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis.)...
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