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California AIDS Ride 7 - Beneficiaries

California AIDS Ride provides support through the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and Lambda Medical Group. Services offered are non-discriminatory and are utilized by both the heterosexual and homosexual community. These organizations provide a comprehensive array of HIV/AIDS services, offering medical, educational, legal, psycho-social and HIV-prevention services. These services include:

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center/Lambda Medical Group - 

  • Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic - located in Hollywood, offers a full range of high quality medical services and complimentary care for HIV-infected individuals including psychiatry, hematology, dermatology, neurology, gynecology, urology, cardiology, radiology, chiropractic services, acupuncture and massage therapy all at minimal or no cost to the patient. The clinic is the largest community-based, anonymous, HIV test site in the U.S., testing 14,000 people each year. Seventy-five percent of those who have tested in positive in L.A. have tested at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and half of all tested are heterosexual.

  • Pedro Zamora Youth HIV Clinic - a peer care clinic to address the unique needs of youth who are dealing with HIV.

  • Audre Lorde Lesbian Health Clinic - attends to the special needs of HIV infected women.

  • Community Unity for AIDS Care - a program which offers express delivery of AIDS medication and pharmaceutical counseling to the Clinic’s patients and the patients/clients of 18 other affiliated AIDS service organizations.

  • Jeff Griffith Youth Center - located on Santa Monica Blvd. in an area highly populated by homeless youth. Works to prevent new infections among this high risk group by providing HIV/STD testing and education. In addition they offer job skills training, educational opportunities, counseling, support groups and legal advocacy. All services are designed to help youth get and stay off the streets and to stay HIV negative.

  • Counseling Service - from general counseling through to coping with clinical trials and special programs.

  • HIV Law Project - provides legal services such as wills and durable powers-of-attorney to people with HIV and conducts numerous off-site clinics to support the clients/patients of other AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County.

  • Lifeguard 2000 - an acclaimed HIV prevention/education program to address new attitudes and perceptions regarding safer sex and HIV infection among those most at risk.

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation - 

  • HIV Servies & Treatment Support - Thousands of people come to SFAF seeking help for a variety of challenges. Services provided include: HIV care coordination services, comprehensive housing programs, financial benefits and counseling, transportation and clothing, substance abuse and mental health counseling referrals, women's and family services, support groups in both English and Spanish.

 

  • Treatment Publications - SFAF produces two publications quarterly: the world renowned "Bulletin of Experimental Treatment for AIDS", and the locally distributed "Positive News."   With the philosophy that knowledge brings power, the publications track and disseminate often complex information about the many therapies, drugs, and other HIV/AIDS treatments being developed throughout the world.

 

  • Gay Life, Black Brothers Esteem, and Needle Exchange - In the San Francisco Bay Area, gay men and injection drug users continue to be disproportionately impacted by the ravages of AIDS.  The SFAF has focused its prevention efforts through programs called Gay Life, Black Brothers Esteem, and the HIV Prevention Project needle exchange program.

 

  • California HIV/AIDS Hotline - The Hotline provides crisis support, information and referrals in three languages: English, Spanish, and Filipino.  The Hotline is staffed by hundreds of volunteers and receives over 130,000 calls each year.  All calls are anonymous and confidential. Call 1-800-367-AIDS.

 

  • Volunteer Services - Volunteers are virtually the backbone of the AIDS Foundation, and they make every aspect of its life saving work possible.  Over 700 people give their time and talents to make the AIDS Foundation's work a success.

 

  • Public Policy - The Public Policy Department was an early pioneer in crafting and advocating for legislation to help people with HIV/AIDS.  The historic Ryan White CARE Act was developed at the Foundation and passed into law.  Advocates assure that each year policymakers at the Federal, state, and local levels provide maximum funding to fight the epidemic.  Advocates also work at the FDA for speedy review and approval of emerging therapies, and the assure that the pharmaceutical industry is working diligently to develop new HIV treatments.

 

  • Education and Outreach - The Foundation reaches out to hundreds of thousands of individuals locally, nationally, and world wide to provide the most current information regarding the HIV and AIDS pandemic.