Funding Infusion for DAP Continuum of HIV Care and Testing
Weekend Wrap Message – Saturday, October 10 From David Brinkman, Desert AIDS Project CEO
If 90% of PLWHA begin antiretroviral treatment (ART) early enough, and they are consistently provided care, we will end HIV. Our work to dramatically reduce new HIV infections in the Coachella Valley just received a big boost, thanks to a $1,250,000 grant from the San Bernardino County Human Services Administration Ending the Epidemic Initiative.
Over the five-year grant period, DAP will help reach the initiative’s goal to significantly reduce new HIV infections by 75%.
By sharing our best practices in testing, linkage to care, and keeping patients engaged in care for viral suppression, DAP is influencing improvements in treatment for PLWHA at a national level.
You can read more here.
Why Darrell Tucci Believes in Desert AIDS Walk 2020
It’s hard to forget your first AIDS Walk, or your reason for participating that first time. It could be to honor the special connections with people we lost, or because we wish to prevent suffering for someone we’ll never meet.
For some, walking to honor the memory of loved ones is only the beginning. Darrell Tucci, our Chief Development Officer described what led to his commitment and solidarity with others involved with ending the HIV epidemic. You can hear him in this week’s DAP Talks.
DAP In the News
Tour of New Blue and Green Clinics
Even as COVID shines a spotlight on serious healthcare inequalities everywhere, our new Blue and Green Clinics have expanded access to medical and mental care, plus wraparound services.
Our Director of Brand Marketing Steven Henke took NBC Palm Springs’ Taylor Martinez on a tour of the new clinics and talked about our work to continue expanding access during this pandemic.
Still Made for Walking
Desert AIDS Walk 2020 is giving people more ways to feel connected to each other with selfie stops along the traditional Palm Springs route and plenty of space for socially distanced viewing of public art installations from local and international artists. The approach will help walkers reconnect with the beauty of our city in an outdoor setting with safety in mind.
Steven Henke took NBC Palm Springs’ Taylor Martinez on a tour of the walk route, including some of the best selfie spots.