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This ‘magnetic couple’ runs to end stigma

August 9, 2018

Brandon My name is Brandon Strawn, and I pride myself on being an educator, a musician and a delight.  In 2005, I came out as gay, and in 2009, I had my first HIV test. At this point in my life, I was a fairly chaste first-year teacher who spent his days teaching and his nights preparing for more teaching. So when the test came back positive, I was shocked and devastated. ...
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Why we love sex ed (and you should, too): A case for more comprehensive, evidence-based sex ed in schools

July 9, 2018

By Clair Daney This spring, Baltimore made headlines as a federal judge ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to restore $5 million in grant funding it had withheld without explanation from two local evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.  This story has been a single outgrowth amid the Trump administration’s broader push to eliminate science-based,...
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AIDS Foundation of Chicago Applauds Gov. Rauner’s Proposal for Level HIV Funding in FY19 Budget, Advocates for Increased Funding

February 15, 2018

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) applauds Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed $25 million HIV funding allocation in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Illinois state budget.  “We thank Gov. Rauner for his leadership in not cutting HIV funding,” said John Peller, AFC president/CEO. “Earlier this month, AFC expressed disappointment with Gov. Rauner and the Illinois Department...
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[UPDATED] State health department refuses to release HIV spending information

January 29, 2018

Update: IDPH released budget information and responded to AFC's FOIA request. Click here to read our findings. How has the Illinois Department of Public Health spent the $25 million in state funds budgeted for HIV services in FY18? The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) doesn’t know, and we’re disappointed in this  lack of transparency regarding taxpayer dollars...
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Undetectable = Untransmittable – The Noise, the Joys and the Nuances

December 7, 2017

By Jim Pickett On Sept. 22, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the world’s foremost health authority, released one of the most important paragraphs they’ve ever written: "Scientific advances have shown that antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserves the health of people living with HIV . We also have strong evidence of the prevention effectiveness...
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What does Getting to Zero mean?

November 29, 2017

by Raven Feagins Illinois is #GettingtoZero to put an end to the HIV epidemic in our state. Below, our community members and staff shared their thoughts on this new initiative and what getting to zero new cases of HIV in Illinois means for them.    Want to join us in #GettingtoZero? RSVP for our first town hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13 to share your hopes...
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Taking PrEP? Thinking about it? Find an Illinois health plan that works for you – and get help paying for it!

November 13, 2017

People who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to HIV infection can take a daily medication called Truvada to help prevent HIV. It’s recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. If you need health insurance, you can shop for and choose a plan on the health insurance marketplace (must be before Friday,...
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ViiV Healthcare and AFC partner to improve women’s health

October 2, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded a grant from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Women (PAFW) initiative. Continuing our dedication to supporting cisgender and transgender women of color, AFC will be partnering with Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, Affinity Community Services, Stroger Hospital and other Chicago leaders to develop...
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What you need to know about Getting to Zero in Illinois

September 20, 2017

By Sara Semelka  Illinois is making dramatic progress against HIV  New HIV cases have dropped by 28% from 2006 to 2015. Mother-to-child HIV transmission is nearly eliminated. In Chicago, there were fewer than 1,000 cases a year. Because of this, it’s possible to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Illinois.   Illinois has what it takes.  With health...
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Five ways to take control of your love life

September 13, 2017

by Nick Villarreal and Beto Soberanis  It’s impossible to know everything about sex. But learning to talk about sex and navigate HIV helps you take the reins of your sex life and your sexual health. Take a look at these ways to take control of your sex life.  1. Communicate with your partner. It’s the sexiest thing you can do.  It can be pretty...
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