Thanks for helping me fight AIDS!
June 3rd - June 9th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me. Thank you so much for your support and for being a part of my ride! I look forward to seeing my home state in a way that I never have before and sharing that with you all along the way. <3
This ride hits super close to home to me, and directly impacts my community in San Francisco that I was privileged to 'grow up' in. More than that, this ride helps to raise awareness about AIDS/HIV, which dispraportionately affects the most at-risk populations in the US and abroad.
Here are some facts:
By race/ethnicity, African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2017:
African Americans accounted for 43% (16,694) of HIV diagnoses and 13% of the population.
Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 26% (9,908) of HIV diagnoses and 18% of the population.
From 2012 to 2016, HIV diagnoses among
Whites: Decreased 8%.
African Americans: Decreased 5%.
Hispanics/Latinos: Remained stable.
HIV diagnoses are not evenly distributed regionally in the US. In 2017, the population rates (per 100,000 people) of people who received an HIV diagnosis were highest in the South (16.1), followed by the US 6 dependent areas (12.3), the Northeast (10.6), the West (9.4), and the Midwest (7.4).