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“We Stayed Open.” Project Vida utilizes GTZ-IL's Community Grant to support Black Gay, Bisexual men in the face of a pandemic

February 8, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Jerome Montgomery, Executive Director of Project Vida Content warning for topics involving sexual violence and drug abuse. 20 years ago, if you saw Jerome Montgomery, then an electrical engineer and software developer and were told he would become the Executive Director of an organization that fought to support Latino and Black gay, bisexual, and...
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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 Statement on Gov. Pritzker’s State of the State and Budget Address

February 3, 2022

Speaking under the dome of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered his annual State of the State and Budget address on February 2, 2022. Acknowledging that the state “continues to battle an invisible enemy [COVID-19]”, Governor Pritzker outlined his $45.4 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget that includes substantial investments in education,...
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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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Overcoming guilt and moving towards self-compassion and acceptance

January 11, 2022

By James Cotromanes   I remember how I felt anticipating my HIV diagnosis. As I walked into the clinic and heard the door shut behind me, I felt an uneasy calm, but also unwittingly, a fearful expectation of a positive result. A positive result would be life changing on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. I asked myself what if it turns out I have...
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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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What my internship at AFC taught me

December 17, 2021

By Ella Shapiro As a member  of Generation Z, the HIV epidemic has always felt distant to me. Growing up in the early 2000s and 2010s, I remember hearing stories about the epidemic. I heard about how it impacted the LGTBQ+ community, how Princess Diana famously shook the hand of a person living with AIDS in 1987, but ultimately...
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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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Three ways the GTZ-IL Dashboard can help you

December 9, 2021

By Brian Solem When I hear the word “dashboard,” the first thing that comes to mind is the illuminating glow of a car’s control panel, telling me how fast I’m going,  what song is playing and whether I need to refill my gas tank (usually, the answer is “yes”).  The Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) Dashboard...
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