In Chicago there is an estimated 25,000 people living with HIV in 2014, according to AIDS Foundation of Chicago. This figure includes the number of undiagnosed cases as well. In the city alone African Americans account for 59 percent of these HIV/AIDs cases, while only being 39 percent of the state population, also according to AIDS Foundation. Real Chi Youth looked at statistics regarding how lower-income neighborhoods, such as Little Village and North Lawndale, are affected by HIV/AIDS and the programs set in place to educate and provide preventative and therapeutic services for these areas. Many of these areas, such as Little Village and North Lawndale, have the highest percentages of incidence cases, with very few clinical options. Real Chi Youth highlight HIV/AIDS prevention organizations such as Project Vida, which operates out of the Little Village area, and CALOR, which operates out of the Austin neighborhood, to bridge educational and service gaps.
By: Sidney Trotter, Terranika Davis, and Antonio Wiliams