I'm coming up on two years of training and fundraising for 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. However, I have never done the ride due to COVID-19. Despite this limitation, I believe in the mission of #Togetheride enough to persevere and support these life saving services as we weather this pandemic from home.
The San Francisco AIDS foundation provides vital services such as sexual health screenings, treatment, education, healthcare navigation, and community support groups. I personally have benefitted from all of these services since I was a college student. It has empowered me to take control of my health and my future. Without SFAF, I don't know if I would have been educated enough about HIV/AIDS to reject the stigma imposed on people in my life living with HIV who are deserving of love, community, and respect. The work they do is invaluable not only for the health of individuals, but for our culture.
Help me support SFAF in bringing community building programming and sexual health education and services to those of us that need it most. Both COVID and HIV have disproportionately taken Black Lives. From 2015-2017, 38% of new HIV transmissions in Alameda County were African American, and new cases among black residents in San Francisco rose from 38 to 41, up by 3%. We can't afford to regress. The ultimate goal of cutting off all new transmissions is within reach.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS and the marginalization of HIV positive community members a thing of the past. Support me by making a donation today.