I have always wanted to do something to give back to our community. When I’ve learned about the AIDS/Life Cycle (ALC) in the Spring of 2017, I thought it was impossible for me to do it. But with your support and donations, I was rewarded an amazing week of experience. I’ve joined Team FUBAR and trained every weekends and spent countless hours on my bike riding in crazy LA traffic or beautiful California landscape. Although I’ve had minor injuries while training, it never and it won’t stop me from doing ALC again. Being part of the AIDS/Life Cycle family, I couldn’t be more proud of myself being part of wonderful community of good souls. I’ve been introduced to a diverse community of LGBTQ+ and straight people all trying to end HIV/AIDS.
Working in the field of HIV, I have seen how much the AIDS/Life Cycle help those people living with HIV/AIDS. Advances in the antiretroviral treatment (ART) or HIV medications has made significant improvement towards keeping the HIV virus suppressed, but unfortunately HIV/AIDS treatment is still extraordinarily expensive and many cannot afford it. This results in HIV related complications and the potential for virologic resistance from going on and off medication or medication noncompliance. Our goal is to treat everyone with HIV/AIDS to keep their HIV suppressed thus keep them healthy and prevent the spread of HIV to others (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable). Also to put at risk individuals on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent them from being infected with HIV.
I am doing this ride to help relieve the cost of effective HIV treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS. I am also doing this ride in honor of my friends and patients who benefits from the LA LGBT Center not only for their HIV/AIDS related services but also for their mental health, social welfare and addiction recovery services. LA LGBT Center also provides HIV prevention services through educational campaign and Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). With our current political situation and with the president’s proposed budget cuts to program that guarantee services and coverage for those living with or at risk for HIV, it would mean devastation to the progress that we’ve made in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.
On May 31 to June 6, 2020 I will ride my bike the third time around, 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to support the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.
Please help me make a difference in ending HIV/AIDS and be my sponsor.
Maraming Salamat Po!