Today's circumstances are anything but normal. AIDS/LifeCycle was canceled in 2020 and in 2021 there won't also won't be a ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. BUT...there IS a ride. Or there are many rides. More importantly I still get to ride my bike to raise money for the SF AIDS Foundation and to raise awareness of the reality that HIV is still with us.
From now until June I'll be riding my bike as much as I can, helping to generate a group total of 1.2 million miles, representing the 1.2 million people in the US who currently live with HIV. Including me. Since there is no final event to train for I won't necessarily be ramping up during the spring, though I suspect some of that will happen.
My contribution to that 1.2 million mile group goal will be 2,000 miles which represents the amount of training miles I'd typically put in before AIDS/LifeCycle.
My fundraising goal will be $12,000 which equates to .01 miles for every person living with HIV. It also represents $6 per mile of projected riding. I may change both of these numbers depending on how things work out between now and June. If I change my goals it will be to raise them.
Even while the world is engaged in fighting COVID-19 HIV is still with us. The COVID pandemic makes providing the usual services related to fighting HIV even more essential and at the same time more difficult. The Foundation and the Center take the wellbeing of their staff and clients seriously. So making sure that people are given what they need to stay uninfected or else to stay properly treated requires more thought and more effort. But it's as important now as it was before. And that's why I need and want your support by way of donations.
Any donation regardless of amount is essential. If you want an illustration of how different magnitudes of contribution make a difference the list below will help you.
- $50,000 can help a substance use counselor see 40 clients a year for harm reduction counseling, which integrates substance use, mental health, and HIV prevention and education.
- $25,000 can help a half-time peer advocate see 50 clients for a year enabling them get to their doctor appointments and assisting them with daily living activities.
- $15,000 can help 120 Magnet clients receive sexual health services, including HIV and STD tests, treatment, education and counseling.
- $10,000 can help us provide substance use counseling services for more than 250 clients in one month.
- $7,500 can help provide a nurse for one month to administer STI screenings and treatments to 100 Magnet clients.
- $5,000 can help keep our mobile testing unit rolling for one year so that 2,400 gay, bi and transmen can be tested and counseled.
- $2,500 can help four HIV-positive people receive safe and stable housing situations for one month.
- $1,000 can help provide two Positive Force community forums where 150 men can learn more about HIV and how to live better and longer with HIV.
- $500can help 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance.
- $250 can help provide ten Rapid HIV Antibody test to test ten people at Magnet, and other foundation sites.
- $175 can help provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness.
- $150 can help provide 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Service.
- $100 can help provide the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, providing moral support and to help clients advocate for themselves.
- $25 can help a Financial Benefits counselor to assist one person in navigating the private and public benefits systems, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, short-term disability, and Social Security.
- $10 can help provide 143 condoms to our clients at all of our service sites.
I realize that none of the people I know are in a position to donate thousands of dollars but you all should be aware that no donation is too small not to make a measurable contribution to the fight against HIV and AIDS. So please give what you can and help me make a difference.