15 Jul 2015
WHAT IS #ACCESStoSTATUS?
On February 17, 2015, we launched #ACCESStoSTATUS, a 2-month crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to procure a mobile testing unit (MTU) for our HIV testing program. Thanks to your generous contributions, we were able to raise $12,000 through our initial 8-week campaign. After months of researching viable options for our MTU, we have decided to sign 5-year lease for a Ford Transit 150 van! We will be using the funds from our initial campaign to cover start-up expenses for our MTU. The funds will also be used to cover monthly lease payments. While we raised enough money to cover our initial expenses, we will need to continue to fundraise in order to keep our van on the road for the next five years. Therefore, we have relaunched #ACCESStoSTATUS as on ongoing fundraising campaign to cover operational expenses for our MTU.
WHY IS #ACCESStoSTATUS IMPORTANT?
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 153,600 people living with HIV in the United States who are unaware of their status [www.aids.gov]. In LA County, there are approximately 9,500 people living with HIV who are unaware of their status [http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/dhsp]. Those who remain unaware of their HIV status are at highest risk for transmitting HIV to their sexual and intravenous drug use partners. Additionally, they are not likely to be receiving medical care which will result in adverse health outcomes for the individual and the community. APAIT aims to reach undiagnosed HIV-positive individuals to provide them with the support needed to successfully access and stay in medical care. By doing so, we will increase the number HIV-positive individuals who are virally suppressed, which will ultimately decrease HIV infection rates.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
The best way to support our campaign is by making a tax-deductible donation by clicking the banner above. 100% of the funds raised through our campaign will go towards operational expenses for our MTU. Also, you can spread the word about #ACCESStoSTATUS to your family, friends, and social networks! If you post on social media, don’t forget to use #ACCESStoSTATUS hashtag. Lastly, you can get an HIV test at our office locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties or wherever you see our #ACCESStoSTATUS van!
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