When I was nine years old, my Uncle Jim died due to complications with HIV/AIDS at the age of 46. As a child, I always felt a special connection with him. I didn’t fully understand our bond until I was in my early teens and realized that I, like him, am gay. My uncle was diagnosed with HIV sometime during the late 80’s/early 90’s, several years before antiretroviral therapy (ART) became available. Since I came out at the age of 16, I’ve often thought about how different my experience would have been if he were still alive and had access to the life-saving medications that we have today.
I’m participating in TogetheRide to ensure that this new generation of LGBTQ people have access to prevention resources like condoms, PrEP/PEP, STI testing, and treatment. I am riding for people living with HIV so that they can have access to medication, counseling and medical care to continue living happy, healthy, fulfilling lives, and to ensure that no one is taken from their loved ones too soon.
Please join me on this journey by making a donation. Any amount helps and will be immediately directed to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and/or the Los Angeles LGBT Center by AIDS/LifeCycle.
$10 buys 114 condoms
$25 allows a case manager to stay connected with a client living with HIV to help them get to appointments and stay in care
$30 covers treatment medication for one client diagnosed with an STI
$100 provides comprehensive HIV/STI testing to one client
$250 provides Rapids HIV Antibody tests to 20 clients
$500 allows groups of long-term survivors to rebuild self-determination and combat social isolation at a weekly program event