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Decriminalizing prostitution: the voices for and against

May 22, 2018

By Marley Molkentin Editor’s note: We prioritize communities disproportionately impacted by HIV, including sex workers, who are 10 times more likely to contract HIV than average adults . Recent legislation called FOSTA/SESTA will make it more difficult for sex workers to thrive economically. Read on to learn more. Is the current American “war on sex trafficking”...
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Trans-affirming tips for health care providers from a nonbinary social worker

May 18, 2018

By Jes Scheinpflug I’m greeted with, “Good afternoon, ma’am. How can I help you?” as I walk into the office. “I’m here to see Judy,” I tell the receptionist as I question to myself exactly what about my appearance made her gender me with ma’am. “I have 3 o’clock appointment,” I continue, wondering if I should tell her I am...
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Finding a safe haven

May 8, 2018

By Raven Feagins When Rex Gaimari was homeless, he was constantly concerned about his safety. He was in and out of shelters for about 3 years, which was the direct result of losing the home he shared with his mom. Rex had been her caretaker for years, but when she passed away he needed to find a new place to live. He tried several times to move in with extended family, but nothing ever...
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This new insurance loophole could affect people on HIV meds, including PrEP

May 2, 2018

Do you use a copay card to help pay for name-brand HIV drugs for treatment or PrEP? If you do, watch out: your insurance company might have a new policy that doesn’t let your copay card (a.k.a. your copay assistance card) help you afford your medications. We’re talking about “copay accumulators” — policies some insurance companies are using that could make your...
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Taking control of your health as a trans/gender non-conforming individual

April 30, 2018

By Cris Lee In September 2015, I started my first full time job and besides getting used to the responsibilities of my new role, my other major life task was to purchase health insurance. I found a plan that fit my needs and set up an online profile so I could track my premium, co-pays, appointments, and overall wellness. Before I had even chosen a Primary Care Physician, I...
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Meet AFC's new community organizer, Coleman Goode!

April 18, 2018

By Kirstin Brockenborough Coleman Goode is our new Community Organizer! You may have most recently seen him around Springfield serving as Chief of Staff for long-time HIV advocate State Representative Greg Harris. We’re getting into who Coleman is and how he’s tackling health inequalities.  You can get to know Coleman and his plans for turning up our advocacy...
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“The truth about the 7,000": a response (and some lingering questions)

April 16, 2018

by Peter McLoyd POZ published Mark S. King’s article, “ The Truth About the 7,000 – Why are there still so many AIDS-related deaths? ” on April 2, 2018. The article moved HIV leader  Peter McLoyd ; this is his response. I woke up to the headline above in an article POZ Magazine. As I frantically read  Mark S. King ’s...
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The impact of sexual health on your mind, body and spirit

April 13, 2018

By Paige Miller If you’ve googled “sexual health” recently, you know the only results are how to improve sexual performance. Well, you can’t improve anything until you know you’re educated on what you like and are being true to yourself. But what does that really mean? Sexual health is the state of being mentally, physically and socially comfortable...
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Healing through art

March 29, 2018

by Raven Feagins Having a stable place to live can determine our health , including our vulnerability to HIV. This is especially true for young people who already account for 22% of new HIV diagnoses in the US. In Chicago , an estimated 15,000 youth experience homelessness each year and of those young people, about 3,000 identify as LGBTQ. Some of the top needs of LGBTQ youth...
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Social workers can make excellent grant writers

March 22, 2018

By Andrea Dakin, Senior Director of Program Development at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago While fundraising or grant writing may not be the obvious career choice for those receiving a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, social workers who have completed their BSW or MSW coursework and have excellent written communication skills can be effective grant writers...
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