Darrell Tucci to receive State Farm Good Neighbor Award at Palm Springs Equality Awards

Darrell L. Tucci to receive State Farm Good Neighbor Award at Palm Springs Equality Awards on October 10

PALM SPRINGS, CA, August 20, 2015 – As Chief Development Officer for Desert AIDS Project, Darrell Tucci is in a visible role within the Palm Springs community. But as a person whose job it is to ask others to engage in social justice – by opening their hearts and wallets – he’s a man who […]


Desert AIDS Project receives recognition and funding as Federally Qualified Health Center

PALM SPRINGS, CA, August 12, 2015 – In recognition of August 9 – 15 as National Health Center Week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 health center sites for delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in the communities that need them the […]

Brande Director of Grants talks about National Health Center Week

Health Centers provide valuable care to the poor and uninsured

August 3, 2015 National Health Center Week Aug. 9 through Aug. 15 recognizes and gives thanks to the medical teams that treat the under-served populations of our nation in smaller settings right in their own neighborhoods. These Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, started about 50 years ago to serve low-income […]


National Strategy for ending HIV/AIDS gets updated

On July 30, the national strategy for removing HIV/AIDS from the American health care landscape, updated to the year 2020, was lived-streamed to the world via Internet. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy was put in place by the Obama Administration in 2010 to identify goals and action steps needed to address the epidemic domestically. The Strategy […]

International Conference on AIDS

Triple-90 means the end of AIDS

The biennial conference of AIDS specialists hailed dramatic progress in treatment and promoted the notion that the AIDS pandemic can end by 2030. The International AIDS Society met from July 19 to July 22 in Vancouver, Canada. They called early treatment, prophylactic drugs, and wide-spread testing that makes everyone aware of their HIV status central […]


Get Tested Coachella Valley: Midpoint = Success

On January 1, 2014 Get Tested Coachella Valley was officially launched as a three-year effort to dramatically reduce the spread of HIV by testing more adolescents and adults. Eighteen months later, the Get Tested campaign – the nation’s first-ever community-driven, regional testing initiative — is at its midpoint, and already reporting great success. Get Tested Coachella […]

Crowd at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Carolyn Caldwell, Jim Casey, and Jim Burba and Bob Hayes feted at 2016 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Gala that benefits Desert AIDS Project will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 PALM SPRINGS, CA, July 22, 2015 – The co-chairs of D.A.P.’s annual signature fundraising event – Patrick Jordan, Dave Morgan, and Dr. Suzanne Quardt – are proud to announce the 22nd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards honorees that continue to set the standard […]


Interpreters help D.A.P. talk to diverse communities

The Coachella Valley is a very diverse place, attracting people who speak a variety of different languages. In an effort to better serve this broad community, Desert AIDS Project now contracts with a West Coast firm that can translate English into about 200 different languages. Certified Languages International, which has offices in Portland, OR., and […]


Study confirms early treatment is best

A major international study has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner rather than later. The Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment study, (START), indicates that patients have better outcomes when they begin medicating when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key […]


AIDS diagnosis didn’t limit volunteer; it gave him focus

A lot of ingredients went into making Christopher Christensen, volunteer with Get Tested Coachella Valley, the dedicated and giving man he is today. Chris, 63, is a retired manager from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He was on the team in the 1970s that developed electronic banking systems that made automatic teller machines […]

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