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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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Things on our team’s plate in 2019

January 25, 2019

Happy 2019! The new year brings in renewed energy, and AFC staff are back at work continuing their plans towards advancing health equity! With new and continuing projects underway, we checked in with three staff members about to see what they are most excited about for 2019. "In 2019, I am looking forward to being able to give the reentry returning citizens housing and employment opportunities...
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My father’s journey to get his wings

January 16, 2019

By Jared Smith*, Edited by Raven Feagins AFC received a packet in the mail in May 2018 with AIDS ribbon lapel pins and a beautiful, hand-written note. We followed up to find out more. Here’s a story from a young man about his father and how the pins arrived at AFC. An eye doctor by profession, a friend to many, a husband, an uncle and a father. My father was a man of many...
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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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Getting to zero through sex ed

January 4, 2019

By Raven Feagins This post originally appeared on November 29, 2018 on GTZIllinois.hiv . Conversations around U=U , PrEP and condom use are common among folks in the HIV workforce, but how can these conversations get started in middle and high school classrooms? The Hult Center for Healthy Living addresses this, among other topics, in their comprehensive sexual health curriculum...
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Housing is the foundation for better health

December 20, 2018

By Raven Feagins Darrow Alexander is a Chicago native originally from the Englewood neighborhood. He thrives on connecting with others, especially if it’s through food, and he loves giving back to his community. However, before he settled into his cozy apartment in Uptown almost six years ago, Darrow whole-heartedly believed that he would forever be alone.   “I...
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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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Navigating a difficult topic at your holiday events: immigration

December 10, 2018

By Rosalyn Murga, AIDS Foundation of Chicago With the holidays fast approaching and the midterm elections over, it is imperative to engage in conscious and respectful dialogue regarding topics that divide our communities. As a Latina Chicagoan, I pride myself in having a family that migrated to the U.S. Their reasoning was to have a better future for their family without poverty. During...
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AFC demands support for immigrant families

December 6, 2018

For more than 30 years, AFC has worked to transform the systems that contribute to HIV prevention, awareness and access to lifesaving care and services. AFC leads the largest coordinated HIV case management system in the country, ensuring over 5,000 clients receive medical and supportive services every year. Through the networks AFC has built and continues to fund and lead, thousands of people...
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HIV on TV: Why representation matters

December 6, 2018

By Raven Feagins The U.S. version of the TV show Shameless focuses on a dysfunctional family from Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The show is filled with cringe-worthy moments, plenty of (often dark) humor and compelling storylines. During seasons six and seven (2016) the show also included a character named Caleb who was living with HIV. Caleb was an attractive firefighter...
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