David's Ride From SF to LA with AIDS LifeCycle

David ready to ride!
David ready to ride!

Join S. David's Team!
Team Colorado
We're on our way
100 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $4,000.00
Achieved: $4,020.00
Thanks to my generous sponsors

I'm Riding to End AIDS

I love to ride and I love some great people living with HIV. I want them to lead happy, healthy, long lives. That's what this ride is about: supporting one another in challenging situations. I'm joning the AIDSLlifecycle because I want to show my support to make practical change and to help end HIV discrimination. 

As a healthcare worker I see that HIV affects people of every age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status and sexual orientation. As a gay man, I know that HIV affects our relationships and the way we treat one another. Yet for the most part the only way we can tell who lives with HIV and who doesn't is by a blood test. We are the same. I want to be part of the solution to support those living with HIV, educate us all, and work to find a cure.

From June 1-7, 2014, I'm bicycling in 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.

In order to participate I must raise $3,000. My goal is to raise $4,000. Funds go to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. The SFAF is working to dramatically reduce infections through education about the latest findings on prevention practices; SFAF encourages testing in target communities through free programs. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans living with HIV is unaware of his or her status? SFAF's housing and medical referral programs, counseling and treatment for substance abuse, and weekly drop-in groups are closely connected to excellent client health. The foundation actively lobbies for universal access to health care and is determined to fight institutional obstacles and empower their clients and others to navigate the red tape that frustrates access to care and treatment.

The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic offers people living with HIV/AIDS comprehensive free or low-cost primary and specialty medical care. The clinic's staff of HIV/AIDS specialists--including board-certified physicians, social services case managers, adherence counselors and a nutritionist--care for more than 1,800 people each year, most of whom have no other access to medical care. The Center provides free HIV testing to 800-1000 people per month. Mental health professionals offer one-on-one and group therapy to help people struggling with HIV overcome substance abuse and addiction, adhere to difficult HIV drug regimens, improve self-esteem, survive the trauma of a new HIV diagnosis and manage other issues they may be facing. The program serves more than 1,500 people each year. And the Center's on-site pharmacy serves those most in need, providing specialized drug therapy management. Last year, the pharmacy distributed more than $25 million worth of HIV/AIDS medications through the federally funded AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.