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Flee Fornication!

And here we have our nominee for the most useless, moralizing, irresponsible and poorly sung HIV prevention message (“Limit yourself to one faithful spouse / And flee fornication!”) to disgrace the Internet. And what a shame the poor dear can’t pronounce ‘trichomonas.’...

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Party People in da House

We know you’ve been waiting all year for AIDS Legal Council’s next bash. Well, now you need wait only another month for Bollywood Nights, ALCC’s 2009 blow-out. It’ll be on Wednesday, September 9 at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted in Chicago’s lakeview neighborhood. The fun starts at 6pm. There will be Indian cuisine, a couple raffles, a performance of Bollywood-style dancing, and the exciting thrill of meeting the ALCC staff and board. You can get tickets right here. Come on, you’ve got nothing else to do that night, and we’re a fun crew. For a taste of last year’s blow-out, click...

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Ann Fisher Gets Yet Another Award

It seems that our executive director Ann Fisher’s all-around fabulousness is getting more attention these days. To wit: she’s just been awarded the 2009 Community Leadership Award from the Illinois State Bar Association. Given by the ISBA’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), the honor recognizes individuals for efforts to foster understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their issues of concern. Ann received her honor last week at the ISBA’s 133rd Annual Meeting in beautiful downtown Fontana,...

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Meet the Nasty Iowa Judge

Figure this one out: earlier this month Judge Bradley Harris sentenced an HIV-positive Iowa man to a 25-year prison term for not infecting someone with HIV.Here’s what happened. According to published news reports, an Iowa man named Nick Rhoades met another man in an internet chat room back in June of 2008. The two agreed to get together for sex. Rhoades did not disclose his HIV status. A week or so later Rhoades’s sex partner learned through friends that Rhoades was HIV-positive. He went to the police and had Rhoades arrested. When the case finally got before Judge Harris earlier this month (nearly a year since the two men had sex) Rhoades admitted his wrongdoing, pled guilty and expressed remorse. “I always wanted to be part of the solution and not part of the problem,” he told the judge....

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And the Winners Are…

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago’s 2009 Advocates of the Year have been announced. And what a lovely crew they are! If you want to help us honor the work they’ve done on behalf of people with HIV, come to our Advocates of the Year party on Tuesday, May 5. It’ll be at the fancy schmancy offices of Playboy Enterprises, 680 N. Lakeshore Drive. The party starts at 6pm, and general admission is only $80. Come on, call us at 312-427-8990 and reserve your spot today. Here are this year’s winning advocates: Swarup Mehta — Outstanding Healthcare Advocate. As pharmacy manager for Walgreens at Northstar Medical Center, Swarup Mehta has gained the trust, respect and admiration of patients and colleagues alike. His attention to patients’ needs, in-depth knowledge of HIV treatment and willingness to navigate the bureaucracies of the insurance...

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Know Your Rights!

Doesn’t it seem that every time you read some “helpful publication” that explains your legal rights, you spend half your time looking up all the big words that only attorneys could possibly understand? Well, once again, AIDS Legal Council comes to your rescue. We hate convoluted legal mumbo-jumbo just as much as you do. That’s why we wrote 10 legal guides in plain, simple language. And just look at the super-excellent topics they cover: HIV in the Workplace HIV and Public Benefits HIV and Insurance HIV and Confidentiality HIV: Wills and Powers of Attorney HIV and Discrimination HIV and Undocumented Immigrants HIV: Issues for Families with Children HIV: Issues for Youth and Young Adults HIV: Returning to Work Impressive, no? Did I mention that each and every legal guide is available in English and Spanish? And the best part...

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