Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

Learn About AIDS/LifeCycle at Open House

Have you ever considered taking part in AIDS/LifeCycle?

You can get answers to all your questions regarding the annual 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles at an Open House on Thursday, August 31 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Center’s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza.

This year’s ride had 2,800 participants from nearly every state in the union and 17 countries who raised an incredible $15.1 million for the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

“Our open house is a great way for people to learn more about the ride,” says AIDS/LifeCycle recruitment coordinator Albert Ontiveros. “If you’re on the fence about signing up for this epic adventure, join us and have all your questions answered.”

There will be information about how to access free loaner bikes for the season or discounted bikes to use for training. A special registration discount code for the 2018 ride (June 3-9) will also be offered and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required.

Despite remarkable progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over. Currently there are 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS nationwide and an estimated 39,000 will become infected this year.

In the seven days it takes the riders to reach Los Angeles, more than 500 people in the United States will become infected with HIV. One out of every eight people living with HIV nationwide is not aware of their status.

Since 2002, when AIDS/LifeCycle first began, participants have raised more than $236 million and completed more than 58,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Published August 29, 2017

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