SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2016—AIDS/LifeCycle® announced today that participants raised over $16.1 million dollars to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. AIDS/LifeCycle remains the world's largest annual single event HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Nearly 2,400 cyclists pedaled out of Cow Palace this morning on the 35th anniversary of the Center for Disease Control’s first reported cases of HIV.
“The dedication of AIDS/LifeCycle participants has made it possible for us to provide leading-edge medical services to people living with HIV/AIDS at our Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic and to offer PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) to those most at risk of becoming infected, particularly among gay and bisexual men of color,” says Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. "As we journey 545 miles through California, we remember the many lives lost to the disease—and celebrate the many lives we have been able to save.”
Each year, more than 50,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV. Today, there are more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. and 30+ million around the world living with HIV. One out of every eight people living with HIV nationwide is not aware of their status. Since the ride began as the California AIDS Ride in 1993, participants have raised more than $220 million and completed more than 55,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
“Every year, AIDS/LifeCycle cyclists gear up for their community in support of the free programs and services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation,” said Joe Hollendoner, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “The dedication and sacrifice required to train for a 545-mile ride is an inspiration and I am delighted to be part of this year's event.”
AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors are FedEx Corporation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Gilead Sciences, and Wells Fargo. The official Bike Sponsor is Cannondale.
Now in its 15th year, AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 545-mile bike ride—not a race—that raises important awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, in addition to funding services such as HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections, HIV medical care, prevention services, and more.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It's a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California's most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. Visit us at aidslifecycle.org.
ABOUT LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s nearly 500 employees and 3,000 volunteers provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is to radically reduce new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. Visit us at sfaf.org.