She finds care, acceptance, and career at D.A.P.

Desert AIDS Project “not only saved my sanity, but my life,” Bridgette Picou says when recalling that harrowing time when she was first diagnosed HIV positive. D.A.P. became Bridgette’s salvation when she came to us as part of a small pool of female patients, and again when she joined our team as a Licensed Vocational […]

Jose De La Cruz tests and educates those leaving the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

Our man in the Latino Community

In concept, HIV does not discriminate – after all, anyone who’s Human can contract Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV.) But in the real world, it kinda does. In the U.S., it favors gay men. But it also has an affinity for poor people with marginal connections to education, health care, and sometimes English to name a […]


Can we ease strain of HIV meds on bones and kidneys?

Desert AIDS Project is participating in a study designed to test a drug that suppresses the HIV infection without threatening bone mass and kidney functions. The name of the study is a mouthful. It’s called, “A Phase 3b Double-Blind, Randomized, Switch Study to Evaluate F/TAF in HIV-1 Infected Subjects who are Viralogically Suppressed on Regimens […]


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 […]

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