This story was originally published in Legal Council’s 2019 Annual Report. In 1991, Chancelor Cunningham woke up and couldn’t breathe. Initially, a doctor misdiagnosed him with bronchitis. Later, when things weren’t improving, a new doctor changed the diagnosis to pneumonia and admitted him to a hospital in Bronzeville for an extended stay. “They told me I…

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Quinn, 35, was a single mother raising two children on the south side of Chicago who was hit with an unexpected life storm. Throughout her life she was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, depression, and anxiety. But a late diagnosis of HIV caused the biggest shift of all.

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Guest blog author: Marina Kurakin, Legal Advocate and Health Insurance Specialist Six years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) broadened access to medical care for millions of Americans. Over those years, I’ve helped with more than 4,000 enrollments. I started this work before the ACA, when individuals couldn’t get approved for insurance because of…

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Preventing HIV transmission is deemed too ‘political’ for social media, according to a recent incident with Facebook and Instagram. Social media sites have been placed squarely in the news with the growing controversy over their handling of political advertisements. Facebook has been the most notable culprit, as they have made it company policy to publish…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2019 CONTACT: illinois.haa@gmail.com New Statewide Coalition Created to End Criminalization of People Living With HIV Chicago, Ill.-The Illinois HIV Action Alliance is a new statewide coalition of legal, health, policy organizations, and other advocates – launched today in an organized effort to end HIV criminalization in Illinois. Currently, Illinois law criminalizes…

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Illinois HIV Decriminalization Coalition speaks out against HIV-specific criminal laws

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, individuals living with HIV have faced countless acts of discrimination, violence, and unnecessary punishment based on their HIV status. Despite progress made on what we know about HIV and how we treat the virus, many Americans–including Illinoisans–still must face laws that criminalize HIV transmission. As longtime members of…

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