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Cleaning Up Your Social Media

We often gets calls from people who tell us someone has disclosed their HIV status on Facebook.  Or Twitter.  Or MySpace.  Or any of a number of social media sites.  Is there anything you can do if this happens to you? We’ve put together a handy-dandy guide to protecting your confidentiality on all the major social media websites.  Don’t believe us?  Well you can read it for yourself right...

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Illinois Cares Rx, the Day After

You may have already heard that Illinois Cares Rx, the program that helps pay prescription drug costs for elderly and disabled people in Illinois, has become a victim of the state’s budget crisis.  The program will be eliminated as of July 1, 2012. So if you’re one of the 150,000 Illinoisans who has been covered by the program, what are you supposed to do?  Well, the good folks over at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law have put together a top-notch article laying out all the available options.  You can read it here. And if you still have questions about your particular situation, feel free to give us a call at...

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Communicable? Not Anymore … And Never Really Was

Here’s a call we get with some regularity.  Someone gets a new job, and the employer presents a form that has to be filled out.  The form asks if the employee has any “communicable diseases.”  Oy gevult. Now, if you’ve got, say, bubonic plague, your employer would need to know.  But HIV?  Unless you’re a porn star or a prostitute (hey, we don’t judge), you’re not going to put anyone at risk for HIV through your routine job functions.  So do you have to disclose your HIV status if your employer gives you the dreaded communicable disease questionnaire? Well, if you live in Illinois, the answer is a clear-cut “no.”  Why?  Because the Illinois Department of Public Health does not include HIV and AIDS on its list of icky conditions that are “communicable, infectious or contagious.”  Instead HIV and AIDS are properly deemed to be...

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2011 Advocates of the Year Awards

OK, kids, it’s time for the season’s swankiest event, the 2011 Advocates of the Year Awards. It’ll be on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 pm at the Joffrey Tower, 10 East Randolph Street, smack in the heart of the Loop. And we’ll make it easy for you: order tickets right here. Here are this year’s honorees: Arick BucklesWhen Arick came to grips with his HIV diagnosis, he found himself embarking on a path of discovery that would allow him to overcome many personal challenges while becoming a fierce advocate for people with HIV. As a peer counselor, educator and advocate, Arick feels equally at home talking to policy makers about the needs of people with HIV as he does talking to clients about his own life, inspiring them to get the care they need. Arick Buckles personifies the spirit,...

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ADAP to the Rescue!

If you have private health insurance or Medicare, there are important changes in the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) that may help you with some of your drug costs. Additionally, ADAP may make it possible for some people to afford comprehensive health insurance coverage under the new Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP). First and foremost: The income eligibility limit for Illinois ADAP is 500% of federal poverty. That means for 2011, your annual income must be less $54, 450 in order for you to enroll in any of ADAP’s programs. So let’s dig in and explain. For folks with private insurance: ADAP used to pay drug copays for people with private health insurance, but only if the copays were more than 20% of the drug costs or if a drug’s individual copay was more than $100. But...

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