We all know that more testing is needed to end the HIV epidemic.

The Trump Administration stated in 2019 that it was committed to ending HIV by 2030. While the administration has promised increases in test funding, it has simultaneously tried to dismantle and defund programs that would help people get HIV tests.

“APLA Health supports increased funding for HIV programs, but that funding must not come at the expense of other critical health and safety net programs that serve people living with and affected by HIV both domestically and abroad,” said APLA Health CEO Craig E. Thompson. “The Administration’s plan to end the HIV epidemic will not succeed unless it ends attacks on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, and rescinds policies that are harmful to LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and communities of color.”

Help APLA Health continue to Educate and advocate on behalf of those living with HIV by raising funds at AIDS Walk 2020. We can move forward to an AIDS-free future that doesn’t compromise the health of underserved communities.
What to do this week
Up your fundraising game! How resourceful can you be this week with whom you ask and how you ask? We know it can be a little tricky asking for donations when you can’t go about your day like you’re used to, but we know you’re up for the challenge.

Have you considered our Fundraising Tip #4 ? Ask the 5 most recent people you’ve texted or snapped with to contribute $10 each. It’s all about being creative and making the most of the moment. How are you raising money this year?
Lois Perilman
AIDS Walk LA Walker

Lois has been part of AIDS Walk LA since 1992, and it is her hope that the funds she raises bring us closer to ending HIV/AIDS. “I walk with my son, Paul, in remembrance of my cousin David Rubinstein and his partner Wayne Parker.” Last year, Lois saw that Wayne’s brother, Sean, submitted a story to us, and so Lois submitted her cousin’s story hoping Sean would see it.

“David was the production stage manager for Phantom of the Opera,” says Lois. “He was a vibrant, wonderful, loving man whom we watched deteriorate so quickly. He got sick in the late 1980’s and was gone before his 40th birthday. This was the time when all the medications for HIV/AIDS were experimental and he went through ‘Hell.’ The HIV/AIDS community has made great strides in making life easier for those affected.” Sean Parker, if you’re out there, Lois would like to speak to you!