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We stand with Jussie Smollett

January 30, 2019

Our hearts are with actor Jussie Smollett and his family. Jussie was attacked Monday in Chicago because he dared to be an out. Black. Gay. man. His attack illustrates what a fragile bubble our lives can be in this environment of unleashed racism and homophobia like we have not seen in a long time. According to reports, Jussie’s attackers were two white men who cowardly hid their faces...
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Policy and legislative wrap up for 2018

January 11, 2019

2018 was another year full of policy and legislative ups and downs on all levels. However, AFC and like-minded advocates across the country stayed strong when faced with sometimes harsh and inhumane policies that threatened the livelihoods of our communities. Here are a few of the most influential policy and legislative highlights of the year.   Illinois Medicaid hepatitis C...
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Open Enrollment and what it means for Trans and GNC folks

December 12, 2018

By Kirstin Brockenborough Enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will be open for a few more days, and the excitement for another year of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) is still in the air. (It could also be climate change, but who knows!)   The ACA created a way to expand Medicaid and create more opportunities for people to enroll in...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Legal Council for Health Justice Statement on Medicaid Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions

November 7, 2018

Legal Council for Health Justice and AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) laud the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) announcement today ending the department’s policy of rationing coverage of life-saving drugs to cure hepatitis C (HCV) for Medicaid participants.  As the deadliest infectious disease in the U.S., HCV affects an estimated 3.5 million Americans. ...
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Pride Action Tank: We See You

October 23, 2018

To co-opt the words of old Kanye, “Donald Trump doesn’t care about transgender people.” This president of the United States has put a target on the backs of our trans-kin, and we cannot be silent about it.    According to the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable...
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Prevention advocates take unprecedented action to save choices for people at risk of HIV

October 22, 2018

MADRID - A group of advocates and public health professionals challenged the all funders of HIV prevention research in attendance at a global conference on research for HIV prevention (HIVR4P) to explicitly offer support for short-acting, user-controlled methods for HIV prevention via its soon-to-be-funded HIV prevention trial network.  Holding signs that said, “Whose...
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By reclassifying and renaming female condoms, FDA expands possibilities for sexual health

September 28, 2018

The National Female Condom Coalition gratefully welcomes news today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved forward with recommended changes to regulations for the female condom, a sexual health device that protects against STIs including HIV. The FDA’s Sept. 27 release in the Federal Register (Volume 83, Number 188) announces three significant changes to how these devices...
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Immigrant families are under attack! AFC joins the fight against public charge rule changes

September 27, 2018

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) strongly denounces the Trump administration’s latest attempt to destroy the lives and health of immigrants to the U.S. The administration recently announced  an intent to expand the list of criteria that will render someone unable to apply for a green card or change their immigration status. Under the proposed rules, people who do not have...
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The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is shocked and angered by HIV funds being spent on family separation programs

September 21, 2018

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is gravely disheartened to learn about the Trump Administration’s plans to redirect $266 million earmarked for social services pay for the detention of children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The funding includes $9.5 million for HIV programs. While the Trump administration has the authority to transfer funds among programs,...
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Remembering our Seniors on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

September 18, 2018

By Earl Fowlkes The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been with us since 1981 and I have worked in the HIV/AIDS prevention and care field since the mid-80s as a caregiver, volunteer, service provider and administrator. I have often referred to those days as the “time of darkness,” as an HIV diagnosis meant pain and heartache, both physical as well as emotional, as there were very few medicines...
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