AIDS/LifeCycle 2019 will be my sixth consecutive ALC and the fight to end AIDS has never been closer to a reality.
In June 2019, I'll embark on my bike with 2,500 other riders and 500 roadies on our way from San Francisco to LA over the course of seven grueling days down the West Coast. This ride raised nearly $17 million for the fight to end AIDS in 2016, the fundraising from this event provides critical life supporting medications, counseling, testing, and life supporting benefits to those who need it the most. Did you know that over 80% of every dollar donated goes directly to the programs that are helping those with HIV and helping to keep more from getting it?
People often ask me why I ride. I ride because I want to support those living with HIV and to support ways to fight the re-transmission of HIV to others. It is within our ability to do something about this public health issue, it just takes support for science and funding and whole lot of people who want to see the end to this epidemic.
The fight to end AIDS is still being fought, and the future help from the Federal Government is cloudy....This fight needs YOU, please conisder making a donation.
Examples of what amazing good the money raised from this event supports are:
$50,000 helps a substance use counselor see 40 clients a year for harm reduction counseling.
$25,000 funds a half-time peer advocate see 50 clients for a year.
$15,000 helps 120 Magnet clients receive sexual health services, including HIV and STD tests.
$10,000 provides substance use counseling services for more than 250 clients in one month.
$7,500 provides a nurse to administer STI screenings and treatments to 100 clients.
$5,000 funds our mobile testing unit for one year so that 2,400 gay, bi and trans men can be tested.
$2,500 helps four HIV-positive people receive safe and stable housing situations for one month.
$1,000 provides two Positive Force community forums where 150 men can learn more about HIV.
$500 helps 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance.
$250 provides ten Rapid HIV Antibody test to test ten people at Magnet, and other foundation sites.
$175 provides case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are marginally housed.
$150 provides 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Service.
$100 provides the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients.
$25 helps a Financial Benefits counselor assist one person in navigating benefits systems.
$10 can help provide 143 condoms to our clients at all of our service sites.