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Myth: HIV's managible & no big deal. Truth: HIV still sucks & silence still kills

My doodle on our Sweep Van 2012
My doodle on our Sweep Van 2012

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I'm Riding to End AIDS

From May 31s through June 8th, 2013, I'm volunteering as a Roadie for AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Lately we've become really complacent. We trivialize the effect of this disease. This year we lost yet another close friend - so close that he was family. He was a long term survivor. Yeah sure you could say he had a heart attack and that's got nothing to do with HIV. But it does. With all the meds and treatments wreck the body. The heart gives out early. Dimentia comes unexpetedly.

On top of that people are making stupid sexual decisions because HIV's considered "no big deal" by way too many people.

This isn't a gay thing, by the way. I teach a ton of classes to the het population - you'd be surprised how little condom usage is out there. This means the creepy crawlies and deadlies are having a feast on our flesh.

If I sound a bit frustrated and edgy, you're right. By now I thought we'd kick this mo-fo in the butt... but no.So I keep doing this year after year. I'll be honest, it's really maddening at times... Thus this note is not as cheery cheer leader in tone as I've been in the past.

Dammit, help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep doing this crazy thing until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.