AIDS Ride 7 - Beneficiaries
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 -
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.