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Ryan White case manager stops opioid overdose minutes after receiving training from AFC

April 17, 2020

By Bailey Williams  For the past three years, Mayra Olivares has helped people living with HIV and AIDS achieve better health outcomes. As a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program case manager at Erie Family Health Centers, Mayra makes sure her clients receive needed medication, medical appointments and referrals for vital services like housing. Prior to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayra...
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Sexperts! Know your options for HIV prevention!

April 9, 2020

Remember when we could swipe through Tinder, meet up with someone new and later have an amazing sexual encounter? Though the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is keeping us indoors, the time will come when we're able to enjoy in-person sex outside our homes. When that day arrives, you'll want to know what preventive options are available.  Thankfully, you have options to prevent...
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AFC innovates to meet increased need for food, financial assistance amid coronavirus

April 6, 2020

By Bailey Williams Prior to March 13, Alex Delakis spent most of his day meeting with people living with HIV in their homes and at public establishments like McDonald's. As a medical case manager for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), Alex coordinated clients' medical care and associated services such as financial assistance and transportation. In the last few weeks, the routine...
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Censual Healing: Why LGBTQ+ folks need to get counted in 2020

April 1, 2020

It’s almost Census time, and while it might seem scary, the Census is important, safe, and easier to complete than you may think. by Anthony Ruth In 2010, Dan Savage started “It Gets Better,” Lady Gaga wore the meat dress, Oprah still had her daytime talk show, and everyone with a smartphone—which wasn’t yet everyone—was playing Angry Birds....
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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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