A Pandemic During a Pandemic: HIV & AIDS

In Hines Sight

22-12-2020 • 58 mins

Let’s talk about our status. And I’m not talking single, taken, or it’s complicated. I’m talking about HIV status. Because when we arm ourselves with information and know more about our personal health, we can make fact-based decisions for ourselves and those we interact with.

In hindsight, Ryan didn’t know a thing about HIV and AIDS, until he found the community of AIDS/LifeCycle. In this episode, you’ll hear from AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director Tracy Evans and Senior Outreach Coordinator Albert Ontiveros, representing both the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center as we:

  • Define HIV and identify ways in which the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation are on the frontlines fighting this pandemic
  • Discuss the current state of HIV and AIDS in the U.S.
  • Examine the stigma surrounding the virus
  • Grasp the reality of how people of color are disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS and how these agencies are advocating for health justice
  • Understand the importance of culturally competent care

Then, learn more about TogetheRide – an evolution of AIDS/LifeCycle – as a way for everyone, including the entire family, to get involved in activism for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Know your status, get tested, make healthy informed decisions – and join me on TogetheRide. Or donate: www.tofighthiv.org/goto/ryanmhines.


Some mind-blowing stats:

  • About 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV.
  • Almost 1 in 7 of those who contract HIV are not aware of their status.
  • Black gay and bi men are disproportionately affected, accounting for 25% of new diagnoses.
  • Black communities comprise of only 13% of the total U.S. population, yet accounted for an estimated 43% of new HIV infections nationally in 2017. They also accounted for 42% of everyone living with HIV in the U.S.
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