From May 31st to June 6th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them - for the first time!
The services provided as a result mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me. Thank you for making a difference with your donation!
P.S. All proceeds will go directly to the cause. PwC / riders are funding fees and logistics. Have more questions about the cause? I put together an FAQs page here and below: http://bit.ly/aids-lifecycle
Does your employer match gifts? Check here: https://www.aidslifecycle.org/matching-gifts
Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are tax-deductible (Tax ID # 95-3567895)
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FAQs about HIV / AIDS
(1) Isn't AIDS already a past thing? Why do we still need to raise money?
AIDS is still an issue today. While we've reduced total yearly deaths from AIDS, today's focus is prevention and access to care. It hits African American gay/bi/trans men the hardest. Research, treatment, and prevention now targets harder to reach populations (i.e. LGBT POC and injection drug users). If current trends continue, the CDC predicts that half of black gay men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.
(2) Where does the money go?
Donations support the SF Aids Foundation and LA LGBT Center in informing, treating, advocating, and researching.
(3) Can you tell me more about the two organizations I'm supporting?
SF Aids Foundation (est 1982) reduces the number of new infections in SF through edu, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care in the communities must vulnerable to the disease. SF has the fastest epidemic level of HIV in the world. Goal is to make SF the first city to reach zero new infections by 2020.
LA LGBT Center (est 1969) supports more LGBT people than any other organization in the world (42k people monthly!). Offerings include programs, services, and global advocacy (health, social services and housing, culture and education, leadership and advocacy). Mission is to build a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
(4) Specifically, where does the money go?
$30 - covers the treatment medication for 1 client infected with an STD (@ LA LGBT Center)
$100 - provides the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients (@ SF AIDS Foundation)
$150 - provides comprehensive HIV/STD testing to 1 client (LA) or 1000 syringes (SF)
$180 - provides HIV prevention counseling sessions to 20 teenagers (LA) OR case management for 15 HIV positive clients who are marginally houses (SF)
$250 - provides Rapid HIV Antibody tests to 20 clients (LA)
$500 - helps 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance (SF)
$1000 - funds 1 client receiving Post Exposure Prophylaxis OR a year's medical supplies for 40 patients (LA) OR 2 community forums to educate 150 men about HIV (SF)
$2500 - provides safe and stable housing for 4 HIV positive people for 1 month (SF)
$5000 - covers a year of lab testing for 11 patients (LA) OR a mobile testing unit for 1 year to test 2400 gay, bi, and trans men (SF)
(5) What's happening globally with HIV/AIDS efforts?
+ Antiretroviral drugs exist today that both keep those already infected with HIV alive and stop them passing the virus on.
+ The UNAID and WHO campaign aims for zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero discrimination (90-90-90: by the end of 2020, 90% of all those around the world who are infected will know they are infected; 90% of that group will be receiving sustained antiretroviral therapy; and 90% of those receiving therapy will have had the virus effectively suppressed).
+ In principle, eliminating HIV is possible with existing technology. As has happened with smallpox and polio, the identification and treatment of all who are infected would stop new cases arising. Unlike smallpox and polio, however, there is no vaccine against HIV. If this state of affairs continues, eliminating the virus will mean giving drugs to all those infected until they have died of other causes.
+ Source: The Economist, "Slowly, HIV is Being Beaten"
by Jessica Guo on Tue, Jan 07, 2020 @ 9:42 AM