Addressing PrEP Disparities among Young Gay & Bisexual Men in CA
(CA HIV/AIDS Research Program)
Young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YMSM), particularly black and Latino YMSM, are at highest risk for HIV in California and across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that if current rates persist, half of all black—and a quarter of all Latino—gay and bisexual men could be infected with HIV in their lifetimes. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention intervention that could drastically reduce the number of new HIV infections among YMSM. PrEP uses a well-established antiretroviral medication, Truvada, to block HIV infection in at-risk HIV-negative individuals. When taken as prescribed, Truvada is proven to be over 90 percent effective at preventing HIV.
The Bolt hosted a "Diversity Day" fundraiser event on Feb. 17.
This year's recipient was Golden Rule Services. The purpose of the event was to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity within our community, raise awareness of the disproportionate rates of HIV in People of Color communities, and encourage patrons to know their HIV status. Patrons were provided free BBQ, drink specials, and opportunities to win one of the 20 donated raffle prizes. GRS provided attendees with free HIV and STD screenings. Nine individuals were tested. General donations, Jell-O shots and raffle tickets sales resulted in raising $375.
USB Stick Can Test HIV Viral Load - Scientists have developed a USB stick that can measure an HIV-positive person’s viral load. Using a drop of blood, the stick can be plugged into a computer, laptop or handheld electronic device to give results within half an hour. READ FULL STORY HERE
Golden Rule Services is proud to once again be a part of the NorCal AIDS Cycle raising much needed funds to support HIV/AIDS-related services within the inland Northern California region. Please consider being part of the GRS 2017 team (call 916-427-4653 for more information) or making a donation towards our fundraising goal by CLICKING HERE!