2018 will be my third-year riding with AIDS Lifecycle. I will be riding my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles from June 3rd to June 9th, 2018, to help raise funds to support the work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Prior to my first ALC ride in 2015, I knew about the AIDS Lifecycle ride—I knew it as the insane ride where my crazy friends biked for a week from San Francisco to Los Angeles. As I trained weekly to prepare for ALC 2015—“the insane bike ride,” became this community—this committed community with big and deep hearts—some who may have lost a friend, family member or partner to AIDS and others who just felt the deep pull to just help and do something good. Slowly, the bike ride itself became the backdrop, and the people became the forefront.
Prior to 2015, I really had no idea about the work of the SF AIDS Foundation and the unique necessity of AIDS Lifecycle to support its work. I now know, which is why I am riding again because I selfishly want to be part of this community that loves and wants to just help.
If you are interested in being part of this community, please ride with me on ALC 2018 (we’ll have fun)—or if your derrière prefers you to be part of this community in another way (which I understand—it’s a lot of miles), I hope you will support me and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center by making a donation to AIDS Lifecycle 2018.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
YOUR DONATION WILL HELP SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:
- $10 buys 114 condoms. We know that condoms, properly used, prevent the transmission of HIV.
- $30 covers the cost of STI treatment for one patient. The presence of an untreated STI infection greatly increases the risk of HIV transmission.
- $100 covers the cost of Hepatitis A and B vaccinations. Coinfection (HIV and one form of hepatitis) makes treating HIV more difficult.
- $150 covers comprehensive HIV/STI testing for one patient.
- $180 covers the cost of providing HIV prevention counseling for a group of up to 20 teenagers.
- $250 covers the cost of administering 20 rapid antibody HIV tests at a testing site. This is the easiest way for people to test and know their status. It is estimated that 1/6 of people who are positive do not know their status.
- $1,000 covers the cost of providing Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for one person. Within 72 hours of exposure to HIV, PEP can prevent someone from becoming permanently infected.
- $5,000 covers the cost of one full year worth of lab testing for 18 people who live with HIV. Most patients need 4 tests per year in order to monitor their CD-4, CD-8 counts and viral loads for managing treatment.
- $10,000 provides counseling services for more than 250 clients in one month (this is precisely what I do at the LA LGBT Center). We address substance use, intimate partner violence, mental health and STI/HIV education and prevention. In counseling sessions we focus on reducing aspects that are the leading predictors of HIV infection.
- OR $10,000 covers 3 months of psychosocial case management for 300 HIV+ patients.
- $25,000 covers 5 months of mental health therapy for 28 patients.
- $35,000 funds an STI/HIV Counselor for 1,200 clients per year.