In the Coachella Valley… “throw a rock in any direction and you’re bound to hit a meth dealer.”

That’s how clients of Desert AIDS Project describe the prevalence of crystal methamphetamine –commonly referred to as meth, crystal, Tina, ice, or glass, among other street names – in the Coachella Valley. Just as crystal meth has become a social problem on a global scale, our clients insist it plagues many of the people D.A.P. […]


Speak up during National Bullying Prevention Month

Thomas was in that figuring-it-all-out stage of adolescence when he first enrolled in an East Valley middle school, right here in our lovely desert community. But just as he was coming to grips with the way he talks, walks, and all the other things that make him, well, Thomas, he was pelted with paper wads, […]


Exciting breakthrough in treating dysplasia

Dr. Steven Scheibel, Medical Director at Desert AIDS Project, believes he’s found a new way to treat the conditions that can lead to anal cancer. The new therapy uses human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines in conjunction with an immune-boosting cream to kill anal dysplasia, which is often a gateway to anal cancer. This therapy promises to […]

Desert AIDS Walk Heroes

Be A Hero4Zero and join the 28th Desert AIDS Walk, presented by Desert Regional Medical Center

Saturday, October 17 at Ruth Hardy Park PALM SPRINGS, CA, September 1, 2015 – “This year we’re giving those planning to Walk a new and fun way to let others on social media know about their passion for the Walk, with our ‘Heroes4Zero’ sharing opportunity,” said Darrell L. Tucci, Chief Development Officer at Desert AIDS […]

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 […]

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