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Intimacy on Trial: The Case of Sanjay Johnson

November 14, 2018

By Aaron Talley  An Ill-Fated Hookup  In early October 2015, when Sanjay Johnson, then 22, met up with college freshman James Booth for a hookup after meeting on Jack’d, he had no idea this consensual encounter would lead to Booth accusing him of knowingly transmitting the HIV virus.  I interview Johnson over the phone. It is now three years later, and...
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Midterm elections redirect Illinois’ path forward

November 7, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, people around Illinois and across the country went to the voting booth to participate in the most basic right and responsibility in our republic: to duly elect those we shall entrust to represent us at all levels of government.  Every two years we as a nation make our voices heard, and in Illinois that voice was a clear and ringing denunciation of the type of politics...
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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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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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The national movement to decriminalize HIV right across state lines

September 17, 2018

Chris Wade is more than just your average HIV advocate.        His longstanding work and organizing in downstate Illinois contribute to education and advocacy for the rights of people living with HIV. He attended the 2018 HIV is Not a Crime National Training Academy (HINAC 3) back in June in Indianapolis, Ind., which trained advocates from all over the nation to talk about...
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AFC Statement Against Trump Administration’s Policy Banning People living with HIV from Military Service

July 25, 2018

The Department of Defense released the “Deploy or Get Out!” policy, effective Oct. 1, which directs the Pentagon to discharge service members who can’t be deployed outside of the U.S. for more than 12 consecutive months. Due to an antiquated policy dating back to the early days of the epidemic, service members living with HIV are considered non-deployable. An estimated 1,200...
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AFC Statement on the Trump Administration's Zero Tolerance and Family Separation Policy

June 25, 2018

AFC joins the chorus of those speaking out against the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance and Family Separation policies. We are disgusted and angered by these clear, unapologetic efforts to tear families apart, and to criminalize and imprison immigrants and refugees. We acknowledge our nation’s long history of dehumanizing people of color, and view the current administration’s...
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