2020 marks the SECOND year I will embark on the AIDS/LifeCycle, a seven-day, 545-mile-long cycling event in support of HIV and AIDS services.
As a 33-year-old gay male, I was lucky enough to grow up in a time where medical knowledge had advanced to a point where HIV/AIDS no longer posed a death sentence. Despite remarkable scientific progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in the early 80’s, the epidemic is far from over.
Many of my friends who lived during the AIDS crisis have lost many partners, family members and dear friends. And while many of them are able to now lead healthy lives with HIV, we cannot become complacent about this disease. Every year more than 30.000 new HIV infections occur in the US, of which 15% is unaware.
I ride to help raise awareness about the ongoing crisis, and how services such as HIV testing, prevention care (e.g. PrEP) can help control this epidemic. I ride to help people better understand the disease, and stop the stigma it surrounds. I ride in support for the LGBTQ community who’s been hit the hardest. I ride to keep the fight going!