Welcome to Dr. Dan Ketterer's AIDS LifeCycle 2019 Personal Page!
1500 miles and climbing to end the epidemic.
As I sit here writing this updated 2019 profile something crazy dawned on me. At the end of AIDS lifecycle 2019, I will in have done 6 HIV fundraisers in 3 years and will have cycled the length of a cross country trip across the entire United States in doing them. Along the way, I’ve seen the potential for tremendous good we all have, the potential to be involved in something with greater permanence than our individual lives. The end of the epidemic is coming and we can now do our part to end it.
If you want a perfect example of how far we have come and how far we need to go, look no further than the WHO global mortality rates.
Thanks to antiretroviral medications, widespread testing, and reducing the stigma of HIV, between 2000 and 2016, HIV dropped from the #7 cause of death in the world to not even being in the top 10. The number of deaths dropped by 1/3 in that time frame and continue to drop…
In industrialized counties.
Scroll down the page and see how people are dying in the developing world and HIV is the fourth leading killer of the developing world. There is still hope. From generic low cost antivirals to development of a preventative and hopefully therapeutic vaccine against HIV, we can finally end the epidemic that defines our epoch, and you can help get us all there by donating today.
Last year, my donors got access to a very personal story, video, and photo website where I shared 71 posts about AIDS lifecycle, the state of HIV in our country, and all sorts of humorous musings. They were exclusive to my donors and I plan to continue to add more stories this year. If you donate again, you will have immediate access to last year’s photos and stories in addition to this year.
Some of my goals are for this years ride include doing the hardest climb of the ride (aptly named the Quadbuster) 3 consecutive times. If I make it to my $5000 goal, I will attempt to climb it 5 consecutive times.
Also new for this year, as some of you may or may not know, I'm part of the 6th man cheering section for the Atlanta Hawks. We are loudest and most raucous fans in the NBA and have to audition every year to get in. If you donate $100 or more, I'll bring you with me to a game this season. We have excellent seats and the energy can't be beat!
So I would like to conclude with the last section of my rider profile from last year, because it’s just as relevant now as it was 1 year ago.
I registered for my first AIDS ride 2 days after a certain November election in 2016. I was afraid the gains we had made toward equality were at risk of collapsing. We've now seen the call to ban our transgender brothers and sisters from the military. We have seen a third of those on the White House's HIV/AIDS advisory board resign due to lack of direction of this administration in combating the spread of HIV domestically and globally. Many of our fears from November are being realized, but I signed up this year not because of fear but because of HOPE. Hope for a better future comes not from wishing, but action. We cannot always rely on our elected officials to act in our best interest and we must put it in our own hands to drive societal progress forward. It’s going to take money, sweat, pain, tears. It’s going to be difficult, but it’s not going to be impossible if we work together.
I am riding for those lost only in body but not in memory.
I am riding for the drug user who deserves a helping hand so that one day they can help others.
I am riding for the transgender individuals, heterosexual African-American females, and Hispanics where HIV incidence is on the rise. This is not a disease of just homosexual males, and we need to do more to bring the aforementioned communities under our care.
I am riding to preserve the rights of marriage, equality, and ability to serve our country for all.
I ride because the challenges facing those with HIV are no longer scores of pills with horrendous side effects and limited efficacy but access to medications and health care.
I am riding to provide education on PreP, screening, and treatment to everyone who asked me questions during my impromptu “ask an infectious disease doctor anything” sessions I held in the cell phone charging tent after a long day of riding.
I am riding to recruit those involved in this ride in California to our Georgia HIV ride, the AIDS Vaccine 200. This disease does not respect borders, and where one of us suffers we all do.
I ride because no one needs to die from this disease in 2019.
How your donations help:
Your donations will go to funding free or low cost testing, needle exchange, Pre-exposure prophylaxis, and Post-exposure prophylaxis to help drive down new cases of HIV using strategies that are known to work. You are also helping at risk communities get live saving testing and treatment as well as education on prevention. More information can be found on www.aidslifecycle.org
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Daniel Ketterer M.D.
Your donations are entirely tax deductible and you will receive a receipt on completion! Thank you for your support!
Thank you again to everyone who supported me these past 2 years on AIDS lifecycle and AV200! 1500 miles to END AIDS and climbing!