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The importance of self-care for communities of color

July 30, 2020

By Ashley Brown July is Minority Mental Health Month! Created in 2008, the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the distinct challenges faced by marginalized groups in accessing resources and care for mental illness. It is named in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell , an American author, journalist and teacher who advocated...
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Before you book your next gynecology appointment, read this (doctors, you too)

July 16, 2020

By Bailey Williams   It happens once a year: The pesky little reminder goes off in your phone letting you know it’s time to schedule your annual gynecology exam. You try to mentally prepare yourself, but this visit, your OB-GYN says something unexpected. “Have you heard of PrEP?” When you shake your head, she goes on to inform you that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)...
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Meet Tim Jackson: AFC's new Director of Government Relations

July 9, 2020

By Bailey Williams    Tim Jackson vividly remembers the first political campaign he worked on at age 12 in Jackson, Mississippi.   Tim was at home with his mother when they both heard a knock on their door. His mother went to answer it, and Tim observed nearby, listening to the conversation taking place. Their alderman was running for re-election and wanted their...
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Meet Abdul-Aliy Muhammad: a Black Queer Muslim HIV+ activist who has been fighting racism within LGBTQ+ spaces for years

June 26, 2020

Photo credit:  Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, The gran varones By Bailey Williams You might not know the name Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, but you probably know about Philadelphia’s More Color More Pride Flag: the one that expanded the colors of the original rainbow flag to include black and brown stripes with the traditional rainbow...
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Queer Bronzeville: A Short History of Black Queer Chicago and AIDS Activism, 1920-1985

June 22, 2020

By Tristan Cabello Bronzeville is often thought of as one of Chicago’s most prominent, African-American neighborhoods, but it was also home to a vibrant, well-accepted queer culture that emerged in the 1920s. From State Street to Cottage Grove Avenue, along 43rd and 47th Street, Bronzeville’s commercialized and jazz-influenced urban culture offered African-American queers several...
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Meet Marc: A T2 athlete and ER trauma nurse working on the front lines of COVID-19

May 20, 2020

By Bailey Williams  A 26-year-old pregnant woman started experiencing sinus-related symptoms and assumed it was pneumonia. Instead, she tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and had to be intubated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. An older woman in the same hospital also tested positive for COVID-19 but begged to not receive a breathing tube. If it came...
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Survival to Survivor

May 18, 2020

By Bill Keller  Our addictions can bankrupt us. I definitely did that to myself and the relationships I had. I kept doing the same things, expecting to get a different result until I finally hit my rock bottom. I’m sharing my story to possibly reach someone who might be struggling and can relate to my journey. Know that things can get better and be different.  ...
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For our communities, masks present a safety challenge

May 15, 2020

By Luricela Arguello  Many have uttered phrases expressing the vast differences in our lives during this new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even in this world of significant challenges due to stay-at-home orders, one thing remains the same: Black and Latino/Latinx people continue to face disproportionate discrimination. Even in this health crisis, racism and bigotry still flourish...
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AFC helps returning citizens living with HIV shelter in place

May 5, 2020

By Bailey Williams Imagine: you have been recently living at Cook County Jail, one of the epicenters for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Despite still having time left in your sentence, you are notified you’ll be one of the hundreds of people released to decrease crowding in the jail.   Despite the jail‘s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, as of May 4,...
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Turning Point: remarks from President/CEO John Peller at 2019 annual meeting

April 26, 2020

AFC's 2019 Annual Report: Turning Point Review photos from the event Hi, everyone! Thank you all so much for coming out tonight, and thank you, Terri, for introducing me and for stepping up to lead our Board. You and I have run, swum and biked together through our endurance event program TEAM TO END AIDS so many times, and I’m glad to be alongside you on this new journey...
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