It's difficult to believe almost two years will have gone by since I last registered for the AIDS Life Cycle, cancelled these two previous years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With great hope I write to you today that we will be riding out of San Francisco next June 5 for what feels like a familiar activity in a brave new world.
The LGBTQ community is no stranger to pandemics, having weathered the first years of the AIDS crisis in the early 80's and 90's almost entirely on our own. Watching Covid-19 ravage communities brought back all of the fear, insecurity, lack of complete information and misinformation we witnessed back then.
A big difference? There is STILL no vaccine for HIV-1 or HIV-2. It is still a pandemic. Has it become more manageable? Absolutely, but in these unsure economic times financial assistance is more important than ever.
Left on their own, the monthly treatment expenses for an individual without insurance would be exorbitant and impossible. At The Center, here in downtown Hollywood, $5,000 covers an entire year of treatment for four patients. So, I am still riding to help people successfully manage their treatment. It feels like the least I could do.
I've started pilates to take command of my back issues. We've converted a part of our garage into a gym. I'm swimming laps, starting training rides MONTHS earlier than in previous years so I can get back in shape. And I am fundraising in September rather than February of 2022.
I'll do all the hard work. You chip in and together let's see how many people we can assist in 2022.