Well, I'm back again!
Last year was an amazing year, I officially joined the $10k club and had my best time on the ride so far.
In addition to that, I made that video in the link above.
Coming out again is something I didn't think would ever have to happen, but it did.
As a person who has been living with HIV for the last ten years and being a participant on this ride, I felt it was something I had to do if I really believed in the purpose of the ride.
Yes, medicine has come a long way, and having HIV doesn't mean you're going to die. We've succeded on that front and have so many methods of not only care for those living with HIV, but prevention for those who are negative as well. The war on HIV is more than health, though. There is still a large amount of stigma when it comes to HIV. People are still unaware of the medical advances in treatment and prevention, and it's our job to fight on that front as well.
This is what I am dedicating this year's ride to. Fighting the stigma. The more we talk about it, the less taboo it becomes. The more we talk about it, the more we all learn about what this disease is. The more we talk about it, the more compassion we have for people affected by this disease. And the more we talk about it, the more we can recruit in this fight against HIV and its stigma.
I've committed myself to raising at least $10,000 again this year. Last year it was incredibly difficult, but I believe in this ride and every aspect of this mission.
I cannot do this without you! My friends, my family, and my donors. In our current political climate, we may be losing vital government funds for these services and it's up to us to make sure we are still able to provide care to anyone who may need it.
My love and thanks,
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