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Legislation that increases access to preventative HIV medications passes 14-2 out of Senate Executive Committee

March 24, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Timothy S. Jackson, Director of Government Relations, State Senator Mike Simmons, and State Representative Kelly M. Cassidy following live committee vote SPRINGFIELD – On March 23 rd , 2022, HB4430: Increasing Access to PrEP & PEP Through Community Pharmacies was passed by the Senate Executive Committee on a bipartisan vote of 14-2! Sponsored...
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Stories from Your Chosen Family

March 21, 2022

By Dr. Nic M. Weststrate I’m a story scientist with an important message:  Storytelling is good for your health . I’m not talking about fairy tales, big fish stories, or other flights of fancy meant to entertain. I’m talking about what happens when you tell  your life story . You see, I belong to a group of researchers—we call ourselves narrative...
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2022 Illinois’ HIV Advocacy Day motivates advocates to make 645 connections with their elected officials

March 18, 2022

By Indigo Quashie On March 9, 2022, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) virtually hosted the annual Illinois HIV Advocacy Day in support of the Getting to Zero Illinois Plan (GTZ-IL ) to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. More than 230  advocates from across the state  joined together to take action on AFC’s legislative priorities   by making direct connections with their state...
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Advocate Care

March 18, 2022

By Indigo Quashie   Hey advocates,   In celebration of the success of Illinois HIV Advocacy Day on March 9, 2022, I wanted to discuss the importance of communal support and recovery. Hundreds of you took time out of your Wednesday schedules to advocate for AIDS Foundation Chicago’s (AFC) legislative bills that will get us closer to zero, and I...
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Legislation Introduced to Increase Critical Access to HIV Prevention Medications

February 16, 2022

By Meg McElroy SPRINGFIELD – Today, HB4430 — Increased Access to PrEP and PEP sponsored by Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy—was introduced to continue to address the health disparities communities disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic face, and to take steps to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030. Rep. Cassidy commented, “expanding access to this life-saving...
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AFC announces first-ever Racial Equity Action Plan on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2022

AFC Board Chair Craig W. Johnson, photographed by Bailey Williams   By Bailey Williams CHICAGO--Today, on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is announcing its first-ever racial equity action plan, a three-year plan intended to heal past harms and achieve racial equity within AFC and the Center for Housing and Health (CHH)'s...
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AFC presents its 2022 State Legislative Policy Priorities

February 1, 2022

AIDS Foundation Chicago ( AFC) is proud to announce its 2022 state legislative policy agenda . G rounded in racial health equity, t hese legislative priorities are and will help advance the goals and priorities of the Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.  W e are extremely grateful for the collaboration of the...
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When it comes to ending the HIV epidemic, these T2 athletes aren’t slowing down

December 20, 2021

By Ella Shapiro In 2013 , Neil Halpin’s coworkers encouraged him to sign up for a half marathon in Las Vegas at the same time as a work conference they were attending. Reluctantly, Neil, who was not an experienced runner, agreed and started training. At the last minute the conference was cancelled, forcing Neil...
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How Life is Work is supporting transgender and gender non-binary communities of color

December 15, 2021

By Ella Shapiro  Growing up  in Garfield Park, Zahara Bassett remembers having to frequently travel to the North Side of Chicago to access gender-affirming spaces and receive medical care, food and housing assistance. Despite loving her neighborhood, it was clear to Zahara, as a Black transgender woman, that...
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Housing is Healthcare

December 9, 2021

By Ella Shapiro For those of us working to end the HIV epidemic it is not news  that housing is health care, but perhaps for others that connection is not so obvious.   When you have a  house, steady employment and a primary care provider it becomes easy to prioritize your health because your basic needs are...
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