Once again this year, I am participating in the AIDS Lifecycle's efforts to end HIV/AIDS.
From June 2-8 2019, about 2000 cyclists will bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.
This really makes a difference.
Prevention services geared towards high-risk populations will ensure that future generations will not experience the same level of loss that we have faced in the last three decades. The SF AIDS Foundation is making a great effort to get to zero- zero new infections in a year. San Francisco's total number of new cases was down 5 percent from last year and down nearly 60 percent from a decade ago. At the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s and early ’90s, more than 2,000 people were being diagnosed in San Francisco every year. Last year it was 221. The money we raise propels those gains.
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. Last year we raised over $16 million! ALC will keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past. Donations are tax deductable and will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
That's the policy stuff, but this is also personal. Howard died first. Then Herb. Howard's partner Edward died later. I had become Edward's roommate so my rent would help him maintain the home he and Howard shared. Wow, then so many more. Vincent and Jeffrey were both former boyfriends when they died. Then, even recently with great new drugs and technology, Gregory died of kidney failure. He and I dated in college and both ended up in San Francisco so many years later. Studies also show that even people with HIV who are on modern treatments age much more quickly than others.
Here are the friends and lovers whose loss has saddened me greatly. I have some of these names tattooed on my leg.
Vincent B. (artist); Jeff B. (waiter); Howard W. (college professor); Edward W. (furniture restorer); Gregory N. (architect); Herb S.; Michael (nurse); Robert S.; Michael C. (artist); Brian P. (actor and high school friend); Bruce L. (high school friend); Thom B.; John P. (writer); Michael M.; Tom D. (nonprofit admin.); Geof E. (arts administrator); Scott G. (bartender); Jim G. (artists agent); Michael H. (nurse); Gene H.; Thom G.; Richard H. (costume designer); Scott M.; David R. (costume designer); Bob R.; Dennis S. (choreographer); Jim F. (nonprofit executive); Scott F. (gardener);
Yet, there is a LOT of hope. AIDS WILL LOSE.
Can you please help too? Thank you! Together, we can assure that AIDS WILL LOSE.
Take a look at photos from past rides at: https://animoto.com/play/nzcU73Se015qiscPz7Ua2A
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding and fundraising until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.