I have committed to riding 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, over seven days, with the Lifecycle Ride to End AIDS.
I joined the ride because my fundraising efforts will benefit increased access to quality healthcare at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where anyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay. It is unconscionable that anyone in America might die because they can't afford to see a doctor.
Growing up in a household with limited resources, my early health regularly depended upon sliding scale medical arrangements. In fact, as an uninsured 22 year old living in New York City, I relied upon organizations such as Gay Men's Health Crisis to obtain free PEP after exposure to HIV. Access to healthcare is a basic right that shouldn't correlate with wealth.
Every year, clinical specialists at the Los Angeles LGBT Center care for over 2,700 people: most of whom have no other access to medical care. The Center’s full-service pharmacy provides medications to patients who struggle to afford them.
Your contribution of $180 would provide HIV prevention counseling sessions to 20 teenagers.
Your gift of $250 would cover rapid HIV tests, with results in less than a minute, for 20 clients.
Your donation of $1,000 would fund one client to receive Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) -- much like I received for free as an uninsured 22 year old.
This cause means a lot to me...enough to bike 545 miles to support it. I've committed to raising $5000 but can’t do that without your help. Please consider supporting our brothers and sisters who struggle to afford medical care by contributing to my ride.