Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

18 January 2012

AFC's "Inside Story" fills the void in HIV/AIDS news coverage

via AIDS Foundation of Chicago, by Gregory Trotter

Inside StoryPeople seeking news and stories about HIV/AIDS have a new place to turn.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is proud to announce its new blog, Inside Story.  Be it a breakdown of complicated legislative issues, an explanation of medical breakthroughs or rendering of powerful stories of people living with HIV in Chicago — Inside Story provides a new outlet to help fill the void in mainstream daily news coverage.

“Given the political and fiscal challenges we face in the HIV/AIDS sector, it’s more important than ever that we tell our stories,” said David Ernesto Munar, president/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. “Inside Story will help us do just that.”

“The people affected by HIV are not just statistics and dollar amounts. Their stories are diverse, joyful and heartrending,” Munar said. “We have a responsibility to tell those stories.”

Inside Story will first and foremost tell the stories of the people who comprise the AFC family: employees and board members, community partners, and the thousands of people served by the vast network of HIV medical and support services, case management and housing assistance in Chicago.
These stories will strive to break down stigma while shedding light on underreported topics in Chicago.

Take for example, the story of Will Wilson, an HIV-positive man and longtime HIV advocate, who suddenly found himself struggling to meet the new filing requirements of the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

“It’s like looking through a plate glass window and knowing you can’t reach what’s on the other side,” said Wilson, on nearly being bumped from ADAP. “It’s just really, really, really scary.”

But Inside Story will also provide perspective on national and international issues, such as the recent reinstatement of the ban on federal funding for syringe exchanges or the emergence of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a useful tool for HIV prevention.

AFC staff writer Gregory Trotter provides most of the content for Inside Story.

Trotter received his M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2008. Prior to coming to AFC, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Missouri and New Hampshire, winning awards for business and features reporting. His stories have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Dallas Morning News, and on Politifact, among other news outlets throughout the country.

You can subscribe to Inside Story’s RSS feed to get the latest blog posts. Please spread the word: Inside Story will take you inside the stories of the people committed to stopping the epidemic in Chicago and beyond.

Read Inside Story here.

[Content that is linked from other sources is for informational purposes and should not construe a Mapping Pathways position.]

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