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In this fourth decade, we are beginning to win the battle against HIV and AIDS.

D.A.P. CEO David Brinkman

That’s my hopeful answer to the question I asked in the 2011 annual report: “What have we learned after 30 years of AIDS?” But after attending the International AIDS Conference just after the close of the fiscal year this annual report covers, it became clear from the nearly 24,000 attendees representing the global HIV/AIDS community that even if a vaccine for HIV is developed, much work remains until AIDS is totally eradicated.

No doubt ... we all became more energized when the journal Science reported its “2011 Breakthrough of the Year” – that people who begin taking the correct medications soon after being infected with HIV may become 96% less likely to spread the virus to others. But it’s estimated there are up to 2,000 people living with HIV – who don’t know it – right here in the Coachella Valley. In fact, it was recently reported that the Palm Springs area has the fourth-highest prevalence of HIV in all of California.

Almost 40% of people who are diagnosed with HIV develop full-blown AIDS within one year, often leading to a significant decline in health and quality-of-life. Fortunately, Desert AIDS Project ... along with a committed group of community partners ... is positioned to play a role in what we hope will be the final chapter of this devastating epidemic.

Getting everyone tested for HIV on an initial and ongoing basis is the key to making that happen. Quite simply, if we can link everyone locally who has the virus to proper medication and medical care, we can stop the spread of HIV in our community. With your continued help, we have a chance at stopping the spread of new infections of HIV and playing our part in creating an “AIDS-free generation.” Until there’s a cure,

Until there's a cure ...

David Brinkman, MBA

Spring 2013