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Organizations need to support newer advocates making community change

January 27, 2020

By George M. Johnson Social media has allowed us the space to share important information in the form of a tweet and within minutes reach millions throughout the world. As it continues to grow as the leading force that is driving news vs. traditional media, it is important that gatekeepers begin accepting and cultivating the minds of the younger generation who will use these tools to one...
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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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Celebrating our communities for World AIDS Day and beyond

December 19, 2019

This year for World AIDS Day, we celebrated how communities make a difference in supporting our movement to eliminate HIV stigma, create equity and justice for people living with HIV and chronic conditions and to end the HIV epidemic. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities on World AIDS Day and every day. Watch the videos below to learn how our colleagues at AFC support people...
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Navigating a difficult topic at your holiday events: immigration

December 9, 2019

By Rosalyn Murga, AIDS Foundation of Chicago [UPDATED Dec. 9, 2019]   Editor’s note – A year after publishing this piece to our blog, threats to immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeker communities have not let up. Immigration is still a topic that frequents our news cycle, and misinformation about these communities persist. This holiday season (and every day!),...
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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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[VIDEO] Meet this chocolatier and prepare to satiate your taste buds at World of Chocolate

November 22, 2019

World of Chocolate 2019 is in just a few days! Check out our interview with Journey Shannon of  Noir d'Ébène Chocolat et Patisserie ,  who is one of 20 amazing chocolatiers who will be featured on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Revel Fulton Market.  Click here   to buy your tickets and get ready to indulge at our premiere World AIDS Day event!...
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Do YOUR thing! Sign up for 2020 health coverage before it’s too late!

November 11, 2019

Marketplace Open Enrollment begins Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 and ends Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 . Plan begins Jan. 1, 2020 To make sure you have health insurance for 2020, you have to enroll between Nov. 1, 2019 and Dec. 15, 2019 . If you miss the Dec. 15 deadline, you could be locked out of health insurance until 2021 AND forced to pay 100% of your medical bills. It’s not worth...
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Living with HIV and thinking about pregnancy? Start here!

October 18, 2019

Making the decision to give birth can be both exciting and full of unknowns, especially if you or your partner is living with HIV. However, with advancements in science and knowledge around HIV, it is possible for people living with HIV to have healthy pregnancies and give birth to children without HIV while under the guidance of HIV and pregnancy specialists. We connected with Anne Statton,...
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Finding his purpose through advocacy and community

September 25, 2019

By Raven Feagins One night in 1991, 23-year-old Chancelor Cunningham woke up unable to breathe. He had been previously diagnosed with bronchitis, but this time he was admitted into the former Michael Reese Hospital in Bronzeville for an extended stay. It turned out he had pneumonia. Chancelor’s mom stayed by his side, even sometimes staying the night, and continuously advocated for...
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