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      #867 - 03/30/00 10:25 PM

I am searching for ways to support those that have HIV/AIDS. By
reading some of the postings, there is a fear of not only the
disease but of the thought of others knowing of the infection. I
have a brother-in-law that does not have the disease but could
due to his being homosexual. The thought of him going through
what so many of those who have posted have and are going through
pulls at my heart strings. I am a 32 year old professional that
would like to help.

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      #868 - 03/30/00 10:28 PM

Dear Pat,
There are so may ways to support those living with HIV/AIDS. If you are in a financial position to do so, most AIDS organizations struggle with finding funding to provide their services. Donations are always appreciated. If you are not comfortable or know of any organizations in your area you can support The people who ride in the annual AIDS Rides (bike) all over the country. I am HIV+. About 15 of my friends rode 575 miles last Oct. in the Texas AIDS Ride. Each rider had to earn $2700.00 in pledges in order to ride. They all made their pledges, but it was very difficult to raise so much money. There are rides in California, Boston/New York, Chicago/Minneapolis, Dallas/Houston, and others. You can find more information on the web by typing AIDS rides. Volunteering is also another area that is sorely lacking. Above all, educate yourself with the facts, and talk, talk, talk, to others about the truths. It is hard to live with HIV physically, but even more so because of the social stigmas. Through education, the myths can be destroyed, and the truth flourish. Research needs to continue for a cure to be found. Everyone needs to stand up and give a voice to the need! I'm glad you care and are concerned. Wish there were others like you. Write me back if you like or just take these words to heart.

Your friend,

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