Thousands of cyclists and volunteer “roadies” will embark on a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, from June 2-8, united by a common cause: fighting to end the HIV epidemic. AIDS/LifeCycle raises millions of dollars annually to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/ AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Participants are HIV-negative or living with HIV, LGBT and allies, ages 18 to 88, and from nearly every state and 12 countries.
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 critical services such as HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections, HIV medical care, prevention services, and more.
“The awareness and funds raised by the AIDS/LifeCycle community are critical components of ending the HIV epidemic— once and for all—for everyone,” said San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Joe Hollendoner. “Because of the tenacity and enduring commitment of AIDS/LifeCycle participants, San Francisco AIDS Foundation is able to provide 25,000 clients with services that prevent new transmissions and promote the health of those living with HIV, all free of charge.”
The Ride debuted in 1994 as the California AIDS Ride before it was reconfigured in 2002 to what is known today as AIDS/LifeCycle, the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Participants have raised more than $263 million and completed more than 60,000 journeys from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
“The dedication of our riders and roadies—and their generous donors—makes it possible for us to provide vital medical care and services to people living with HIV and to provide prevention tools, including PrEP, to those most at risk of becoming infected,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “As the Center celebrates our 50th anniversary, we salute everyone who is part of the amazing AIDS/LifeCycle community working tirelessly to end AIDS.”
Despite remarkable progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over. In the seven days it takes the riders to reach Los Angeles, more than 700 people in the United States will contract HIV. Currently there are 1.2 million people living with HIV in the country, and one in seven people living with HIV nationwide is not aware of their status.
AIDS/LifeCycle sponsors include Gilead, FedEx, Wells Fargo, and United Airlines. The official bike sponsor is Cannondale. To follow the journey during the week of the ride through pictures, stories and videos, visit aidslifecycle.org
About AIDS LifeCycle
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 transmissions and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV.
About Los Angeles LGBT Center
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center’s nearly 700 employees 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 thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to eliminate HIV transmission and extend the longevity of people living with HIV through a network of direct services, public education and advocacy. Each year, more than 25,000 people look to San Francisco AIDS Foundation to access health services, find inclusive communities and gain a voice against discrimination and injustice at all levels of government. Learn more at sfaf.org