This June, I'll ride my bike for the fourth time on the 545-mile journey between my two beloved California hometowns, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, to fight HIV/AIDS. I am doing it to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center -- two essential non-profits providing education, advocacy, and health services for HIV prevention and care. These organizations have had a huge impact in my life, my friends' lives, and in the communities in which I live.
Help me and my team raise $300K in the fight against AIDS! Make a tax-deductible contribution today! Make a direct impact in the lives of people and communities affected by HIV.
Why I’m Doing It: Joining the ALC community has changed my life since 2014. Riding for this cause has challenged the limits of my physical and psychological abilities. I've become an evangelist for HIV prevention and sexual health, and I've formed a host of friendships that will last my whole life. Among the reasons I’m riding again:
To honor the brave HIV-positive men and women I know and cherish, many of whom are paragons of what it means to value life and conquer adversity. They inspire me!
To dedicate my time, resources, energies, and spirit to a life-affirming purpose.
To smash fearful myths about HIV, and the stigmas HIV-positive people face.
To raise money to provide free sexual health services to those who need it.
To challenge myself to self-improvement by serving others.
To get my lazy butt back in shape!
To do it again because I loved it so much the first two times!
I am also riding to raise awareness of effective HIV prevention practices such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), to which I currently adhere, and Treatment as Prevention (TasP), for people living with HIV. Widespread adherence to PrEP and TasP combined has the potential to eliminate HIV transmissions in our communities, and make sex safer for everyone, everywhere -- not just members of the LGBT community. Most importantly, PrEP, TasP, and other healthy practices are helping break down social and psychological barriers between HIV-positive and HIV-negative people, allowing us to coexist more openly and less fearfully.
Taking on the ALC challenge (and training for "the Ride") has played an indispensable role in strengthening my sense of self and motivating me to reach my full potential.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL!
Your contribution will help me to conquer this awesome challenge; it will help many people struggling with HIV; and it will bring you into this inspiring community of people working together make HIV a thing of the past.
- Facebook Tributes: Every contributor will receive a photo-tribute on my Facebook page, including a little history of how we know one another. All of our friends will know what an amazing, kind-hearted, generous person you are!
- Honorary/Memorial Bandanas (by request): Everyone who contributes may request a custom-embroidered bandana with your name, my name, and the name of someone you want to honor who is living with HIV, or in memory of someone who has passed away from HIV/AIDS. I will ride with the bandana from SF to LA and send it to you as a heartwarming keepsake or gift!
Please help me meet my fundraising goal for the 2017 Ride, and please give generously!
Peace and love,
What your donation does:
- $10,000 provides comprehensive health counseling services for more than 250 clients.
- $5,000 keeps the HIV testing RV rolling for one year.
- $2,500 helps four HIV-positive people receive stable housing for one month.
- $1,000 provides two Community Education Forums where 150 men can learn more about HIV.
- $250 provides ten rapid HIV antibody tests at a testing site.
- $175 provides case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless.
- $150 helps provide 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Services.
- $25 provides one rapid HIV antibody test at a testing site.
- $10 helps provide 143 condoms to the SFAF and LA LGBT Center's service sites.
Several effective ways to prevent HIV transmission are to:
- Practice safer sexual habits such as using condoms and adhering to a daily PrEP or TasP regimen
- Talk to your partner(s) about their sexual health and testing habits
- Get tested regularly and get treated for sexually transmitted infections right away
- Always use new disposable syringes when making intravenous injections or drawing blood
- Ensure that any blood or blood products that you might need have been tested for HIV
Always feel free to contact me if you have questions about HIV/AIDS, treatments, prevention methods, or anything else. Please contribute and stay well!