2016 Red Ribbon Ride
I'm back for my 6th year as a crew member on the Red Ribbon Ride!
How many things have you done 6 years in a row? I was a student for the larger portion of my life, but other than that, playing and coaching soccer are the only things I've consistently come back to year after year, for more than 6 years. Clearly, the Red Ribbon Ride is something important to me. I can go on the Ride, have a good time with friends and co-workers, and raise money for 8 AIDS Service Organizations in Minnesota, all at the same time! You'd be coming back too!
HIV in Minnesota
By the end of 2015 there were 8,215 people living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota.
In 2015, 294 new cases of HIV were reported in Minnesota.
Cases among injection drug users (IDUs) increased by 86 percent in 2015. Despite this, the federal government continues to ban health programs from purchasing syringes with grant funds. This includes MAP’s Mainline syringe exchange, the state’s largest such program.
New HIV cases increased by 24 percent among 20 to 29 year olds. For more than a decade, Minnesota’s political leaders have failed to pass and implement comprehensive sex education with a strong HIV prevention focus that would give young people the knowledge they need to prevent HIV transmission.
The new cases also closely follow the disparities that communities of color experience in our region. More than half of new infections (58 percent) were among communities of color. Among women, more than half were among African-born women, and among men, one-fourth of new cases were among African American men.
What does my donation do?
HIV infection is 100% preventable! In addition to prevention services for people at-risk for HIV infection, each of the 8 beneficiaries of the Red Ribbon Ride offer services for those living with HIV to help them stay healthy and reduce transmission.
Give us your money!
Make a tax deductible donation today towards this amazing cause!
Thankyou for your support!
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