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COVID-19, Black America, and the Deadly Cycle of Racism

April 8, 2020

By Aisha N. Davis, Esq. In the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic has led us into a new reality that we have never experienced, both here in Chicago and across the United States. However, one emerging trend is not novel – Black people and communities across the nation are being disproportionately impacted by pandemic hot spots and COVID-19 related deaths. Systemic racism has...
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AFC innovates to meet increased need for food, financial assistance amid coronavirus

April 6, 2020

By Bailey Williams Prior to March 13, Alex Delakis spent most of his day meeting with people living with HIV in their homes and at public establishments like McDonald's. As a medical case manager for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), Alex coordinated clients' medical care and associated services such as financial assistance and transportation. In the last few weeks, the routine...
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AFC remembers Chicago leader Marc Loveless

March 10, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)’s Board and staff send our deepest condolences to Marc Loveless’s family and friends. Chicago has lost an unstoppable advocate, champion for the voiceless and fierce fighter for justice. Marc was everywhere, seemingly at once. Just last week, Marc was at AFC’s Annual Meeting cheering us on. Marc will long be remembered for his incredible...
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When 150 housing clients faced transition, AFC and people-of-color-led partners provided uninterrupted support

February 27, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) successfully transferred 150 supportive housing clients from a partner agency refocusing their work in this arena to six organizations that would continue to provide individualized support. The AFC Housing team worked for 8 months to prepare new case managers to support their new clients and ensure that clients could stay in their homes.   “Our...
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Viiv Healthcare reports on successes in AFC’s program for cis- and trans- women of color living with HIV

February 7, 2020

The Women’s Connection, led by AIDS Foundation of Chicago, is a community-driven network of women in Chicago that collectively works to identify strategies to increase the engagement of women of color in the HIV continuum of care. This project is a part of ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Women initiative to develop innovative community collaborations to break down isolation and...
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One-stop hub for HIV services coming to Chicago on Valentine’s Day 2020

February 5, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted are thrilled to announce the launch of Chicagoland’s first HIV Resource Hub. T he Hub will officially open for business on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.   What is the HIV Resource Hub?  The HIV Resource Hub is a new initiative funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health to expand the number of people who are...
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Team to End AIDS (T2) Helped Me Say “Yes” to Life

January 7, 2020

By Zac Hansen I am a runner by choice rather than natural inclination. And that choice came about because I was a coward.   I pride myself on three key components: self-sufficiency, planning well and limiting risk. The first I gained by being gay in a world with limited support. The final two I adopted after I became the victim of a hate crime that left me stabbed, bleeding...
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31 organizations awarded $7.35 million to provide HIV care to Chicagoland area

December 10, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has awarded 31 organizations a combined $7.35 million to connect thousands of people in the Chicagoland area living with HIV and AIDS to health care, housing services, transportation and other supportive services. These organizations were selected based on a spectrum of criteria, including their ability to serve Chicagoans most impacted by HIV: Black and Latino/Latinx...
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In the face of adversity, this mom's resilience pushed her through

December 3, 2019

By Raven Feagins “I used to wonder, like, ‘What am I here for? What is my purpose in life?’ And I have a purpose now,” said Valerie Linzy, an upbeat, big-hearted mother of six. “There are some young ladies who are going to come behind me from doing sex work that are going to come up HIV-positive that are going to need to know how to live … Here I am...
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Mental wellness and housing stability: a delicate balance

November 26, 2019

By Raven Feagins Bruce Pelletier was born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest side in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. His Chicago roots are noticeable not only because of his accent. He also has that outgoing, Midwestern charm that you would expect from any life-long resident of the city. Bruce has had his share of obstacles and challenges in life, but one of the biggest struggles...
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