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Stories of HIV Advocates who traveled to Springfield with FCAN

"If the choice is her medication or our housing, we will be homeless."

That was an actual quote from an HIV-negative man who was speaking on behalf of his HIV-positive wife last week in Springfield. He was one of a diverse group of advocates who comprised the Families’ and Children’s AIDS Network (FCAN) action team. The group’s mission was to speak with legislators, tell their stories and urge lawmakers to oppose cuts in HIV funding and Medicaid. Read more by clicking the link above.

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FCAN headed to Springfield earlier this week as part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Young advocates Shurand, Shuntell, and Erika (front right) along with Project Director Linda Coon (second row, second from right) spoke to legislators about the impact of the Quality of Life Lottery program and the need for HIV confidentiality in school settings. FCAN is very proud of our youth advocates— they learned a lot and did an excellent job! More photos below.

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About FCAN:

For 25 years, FCAN has assisted HIV-affected families and the organizations and individuals that serve them. Since 1985, FCAN has grown into an organization of over 300 health care providers, social service providers, legal service providers, and consumers. Originally established as a network of Chicago area providers and consumers, a Downstate Caucus was organized in 1995. FCAN’smission is to create a coordinated, family-focused continuum of care for HIV-affected families. This mission is carried out through direct service programs, education, and advocacy.