Welcome to My Personal Page for the 2023 AV200!
Thank you for visiting my page for the 2023 AV200!
After a little bit of debate and an OK from the doc to ride, I'm going to go ahead and ride a leg on THIS WEEKEND's AV200! Afterall, it's been 20 years since I, along with a group of good friends who rode through Europe the summer before, started what was then called the Action Cycling 200! While I'm only going to be riding a metric century (62 miles), I'd still appreciate your support for this amazing event, which by now you all know raises money to fund the research to find a vaccine to end HIV/AIDs.
Since we began in 2003, Action Cycling Atlanta has donated over $3.5 million to the Emory Vaccine Center and other AIDS service organizations. I am in the process of tuning up the bike and hitting the pavement and I need you to help me change the world.
The facts on HIV/AIDS remain startling, even after all of these years in the fight:
- Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. have HIV. About 13 percent of them don’t know it and need testing.
- HIV continues to have a disproportionate impact on certain populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.
- In 2019, an estimated 34,800 new HIV infections occurred in the United States.
- New HIV infections declined 8% from 37,800 in 2015 to 34,800 in 2019, after a period of general stability.
- HIV diagnoses are not evenly distributed across states and regions. The highest rates of new diagnoses continue to occur in the South.
- According to the CDC, of the estimated 1.2 million people with HIV (diagnosed and undiagnosed) in 2019, about 65.9% received some HIV care, 50.1% were retained in care, and 56.8% were virally suppressed or undetectable.
- There were an estimated 37.7 million [30.2–45.1 million] people living with HIV at the end of 2020, over two thirds of whom (25.4 million) are in the WHO African Region.
- South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world (7.5 million).
- UNAIDS estimates that US$ 29 billion (in constant 2019 United States dollars) will be required for the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries, including countries formerly considered to be upper-income countries, in 2025 to get on track to end AIDS as a global public health threat.
With your help,I hope to raise $1500 in the next few days to fight to put an end to this disease. Your tax-deductible donation will help me meet (and exceed) that goal. Please sponsor me by clicking the link below.
The toll from AIDS continues to mount, with no end to the pandemic in sight; only a vaccine can offer the prospect of a decisive victory over the pandemic.
Thank you in advance!
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