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Jim Pickett

Jim Pickett
At the end of 2004, after five years as a senior consultant at the Chicago Department of Public Health, international AIDS advocate Jim Pickett began his current position as Director of Advocacy at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. As AFC's representative on Capitol Hill, Jim worked closely with diverse stakeholders in Illinois and across the United States in helping shape and advance Ryan White CARE Act reauthorization legislation, which was signed into law in 2007. As a leading advocate for new HIV prevention strategies, Jim co-founded the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates in 2005. Jim currently serves as the co-chair of the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Substance Use and Abuse and is the principal creator of the new gay men's sexual health and wellness Web site and blog called LifeLube.org. He ran his fourth marathon in 2007 through the National AIDS Marathon Training Program and was inducted into Chicago's Lesbian and Gay Hall of Fame in 2005. He has been living with HIV since 1995, and currently only runs to the cake and pie shop.

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