Our work

Campaigns and projects

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago leads HIV/AIDS advocacy in Chicago, the U.S. and internationally. Read more about our campaigns below, or click here to join AFC's advocacy network.


The International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) is a network of advocates, policymakers and leading scientists from six continents working to advance the research and development of safe, effective, acceptable and accessible rectal microbicides — agents that could provide protection against HIV during anal intercourse — for women, men and transgender individuals around the world who need options beyond latex.




SpeakUP is a web-based information hub that identifies health equity issues facing people living with HIV, advocates, and providers across the nation that are related to the Affordable Care Act, and seeks resolutions on a personal scale and beyond through education, advocacy and policy change.

We will identify issues that need to be addressed, bring them to the attention of state and federal regulators and policymakers, advocate for change, and report back to the community. Beyond helping individuals, information collected through this project will ultimately serve the entire HIV community, as it will help educate state and federal officials as they review and refine key aspects of the Affordable Care Act in coming years.


The National Female Condom Coalition (NFCC) is a partnership of U.S. and U.S.-based advocates, researchers, health departments, community-based and national organizations that advances a mission to increase awareness, acceptance, access and use of female condoms.



HCV advocacy in Illinois

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago has mobilized community partners and health care providers to advocate for fair access to hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. Recent successes include expansion of the eligible pool of people living with HCV who can access treatment through Illinois Medicaid, garnering support around letters to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and more. 


Letter to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America about HCV treatment access in Illinois, Oct. 23, 2017

Follow-up letter to Commissioner Norwood about changing the prior authorization for HCV treatment in Illinois, Oct. 23, 2017

Second follow-up letter to Commissioner Norwood about changing the prior authorization for HCV treatment in Illinois, Nov. 2, 2017







Pride Action Tank is a new, results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups within LGBTQ+ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy and action. The work of Pride Action Tank focuses on six overlapping issue areas: housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.


Continuing our history of championing new HIV prevention methods, we began Project RSP!, a Chicago-based initiative to educate our communities about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a new FDA-approved method of HIV prevention that involves taking a pill every day. We provide a platform for the voices of those who have chosen to use PrEP to prevent HIV infection, and to share accurate PrEP information with health care providers and other allies.