It is true —one doesn’t often hear about someone dying of AIDS anymore. Hard won advances in treatment for HIV mean people who learn they are positive are living longer, healthier lives.
However, living with HIV is no picnic and the medications that help control it are expensive, often have serious side effects and don’t work for everyone. New HIV infections continue at the rate of 2 to 4 every day in Massachusetts, and HIV diagnoses among young people 13 to 24 years old are on the rise, now accounting for nearly 10 percent of new infections in Massachusetts.
Women of color, gay and bisexual men and people over 50 are also seeing rising infections.
A full array of services is needed both to care for those who are living with HIV and to prevent new infections in those who are at risk.
This is why we need your support. Monies raised by the Mass Red Ribbon Ride will help fund the work of 18 different AIDS organizations serving communities around the state. Your efforts will contribute to such services as:
Prevention education Research and clinical trials Advocacy Medical Support Housing Counseling and other social services Meals and nutrition support Holistic health services Safe socializing environments Vocational counseling and training Case Management