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Illinois: Clinton Says Reform Vital to Homeless With HIV

November 12, 2009

The crisis in health care is responsible for much of the homelessness among persons with HIV, former President Bill Clinton told advocates at a speech Wednesday in Chicago.

The event raised an estimated $400,000 for its sponsor, the Chicago House and Social Service Agency, which provides housing and other services to persons who are HIV-positive. According to CDC, the homeless are three to nine times more likely to have HIV or AIDS than people who have housing.

Clinton noted that expanded health services could attack the problem of homelessness by assisting those facing the high cost of HIV medications and related services.

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The Rev. Stan Sloan likened Clinton's work overseas, the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, to that being done at Chicago House. The Chicago House CEO urged the group to draw inspiration from the model of similar work being done around the world.

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Adapted from:
Chicago Tribune
11.12.2009; Angie Leventis Lourgos


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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