MEDIA ADVISORY: World AIDS Week: Bar AIDS Fundraiser Intends to Educate San Diegans About HIV Resources and Prevention

MEDIA ADVISORY: World AIDS Week: Bar AIDS Fundraiser Intends to Educate San Diegans About HIV Resources and Prevention
December, 2015 Client News
WHAT: San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (HFC), a grant program of San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), announces the first-ever Bar AIDS San Diego fundraiser scheduled during World AIDS Week at various bars, nightclubs, coffee shops and smoothie shops throughout San Diego County.

Participating establishments will donate at least 25 percent or more of the day’s beverage sales to HFC to support grants for local HIV/AIDS programs and initiatives that work collaboratively to link, and retain HIV-infected individuals in care and connect those at high-risk for infection to prevention resources and education.

Bar AIDS began in Chicago, IL as an event to raise funds for HIV services and to reach and educate the “nightlife” crowd who, while at risk for HIV transmission, may not be as readily linked to the usual avenues where such resources would be available. The event is meant to be simultaneously celebratory and educational.

WHERE TO COVER THE EVENT / THIS IS WHERE WE INTEND TO HAVE A SPOKESPERSON: Babycakes San Diego, 3766 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3 during business hours (ONE DAY ONLY)

BEST TIME TO COVER AT BABYCAKES: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

** NOTE: IF INTERESTED IN AN INTERVIEW BEFORE 4:30 P.M., PLEASE CONTACT ANN MARIE PRICE VIA 619-309-6492. **

INTERVIEWS AND VISUALS:

  • Ian Morton, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
  • John Brown, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
  • Craig Wilson, general manager, Babycakes San Diego
  • Local Bar AIDS supporters giving back to the cause in hopes of putting an end to HIV/AIDS
PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS 
Taking place during World AIDS Week, San Diego’s inaugural Bar AIDS event will focus on Hillcrest and North Park businesses. Currently the following bars are slated to participate:
  •    Babycakes (92103)
  •    Grinds & Vine Coffee Shop (92104)
  •    Negociant Winery (92104)
  •    Numb3rs (92103)
  •    Rich’s San Diego (92103)
  •    San Diego Eagle (92103)
  •    Seventh Avenue Pub at Whole Foods (92103)
LOCAL BENEFICIARIES 
Proceeds from Bar AIDS San Diego will support the important work done by San Diego HIV service  providers, including Christie’s Place, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Fraternity House, Mama’s Kitchen, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, San Diego Youth Services, San Ysidro Health Centers and Stepping Stone of San Diego. In addition to grant partnerships with grassroots agencies and HIV programming at larger San Diego clinics, the HFC is proud to be a sponsor of some of the highly visible fundraising and awareness campaigns, such as The San Diego LGBT Center’s AIDS Walk and this year’s inaugural Red Dress Party San Diego. Learn more about HFC via sdhdf.org and follow the conversation on Facebook, using #BarAIDSSD.

HIV/AIDS STATISTICS IN U.S. AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY:

  • Despite efforts to prevent new HIV infections across the Unites States, the number of documented new infections remains near 50,000 per year.
  • San Diego has the third highest AIDS case rate in the State of California.
  • Between the years of 2007-2011, San Diego County averaged 350 new HIV diagnoses per year, with an estimated additional undiagnosed 85 to 90 cases. With the average lifetime cost of HIV treatment hovering at $380,000 per individual, this creates a burden of $133 million in medical costs per year.
  • In 2010, gay and bisexual men accounted for 63% of estimated new HIV infections in the United States and 78% of infections among all newly infected men. From 2008 to 2010, new HIV infections increased 22% among young (aged 13-24) gay and bisexual men and 12% among gay and bisexual men overall.
  • According to the Human Health and Services Agency, there are nearly 3,200 people living in San Diego County who are HIV-positive and unaware of their status.
  • In 2010, gay and bisexual men accounted for 63% of estimated new HIV infections in the United States and 78% of infections among all newly infected men. From 2008 to 2010, new HIV infections increased 22% among young (aged 13-24) gay and bisexual men and 12% among gay and bisexual men overall.
About the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), which will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2016, is the sole community foundation in the San Diego region dedicated to the benefit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. SDHDF funds programs and projects that promote equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, well-being, and above all else, human dignity. We work to strengthen LGBT organizations and leadership. The organization nurtures philanthropic giving to support LGBT people and address important issues such as aging, arts and culture, health and wellness, youth and families, and civil rights. For more information, visit www.sdhdf.org. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.

About San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative 

The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (HFC) has served as a funding and advisory resource for HIV/AIDS services in the San Diego region since 1990, when it was founded by a local group of concerned community members and funders. Since its founding, the HFC has granted nearly $7 million to support HIV/AIDS services in San Diego County and is currently partnering with nine San  Diego HIV service providers to reduce new HIV infections by 60 percent in the next three years. For more information, visit www.sdhdf.org. Connect on Facebook.