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 […]


Grease back your hair, slip on that poodle skirt … and LET’S DANCE!!

Palm Springs Pavilion new venue for the 8th Annual Mid-Summer Dance Party benefiting D.A.P. on July 25th PALM SPRINGS, CA, June 29, 2015 – You don’t have to be John Travolta or Olivia Newton-John … just tap your “inner greaser” and get ready to have a great Saturday night because July 25th is going to […]


Queen of the Desert returns, raising $30,000 for D.A.P.

Jazmyn Simone-Echelon crowned by Champagne Showers PALM SPRINGS, CA, May 29, 2015 – A sold-out audience of more than 600 packed the ballroom at the Renaissance Palm Springs on May 27 to cheer on their favorite drag performer in the 2nd Annual Queen of the Desert lip-sync competition. And they all showed their appreciation – […]


A garden of good health grows at Desert AIDS Project

The mind, body, and spirit seem to work in harmony when people are gardening, says Janine Bell, Addictions Specialist at Desert AIDS Project. There’s something about shoving your hands in the dirt to plant something and then nurturing it until it blooms that seems to put the soul at ease. That’s the premise that Janine […]


Long-term survivors can be pretty tough cookies

Tom Coleman, 78, and Darlene McBrayer, 82, have lived full lives with no regrets. Not that there hasn’t been plenty to fret about. Both clients of Desert AIDS Project were diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in the 1990s and have experienced decades of illness, loss and dramatic change. “I lost four inches,” a tiny, curled […]


More Restaurants, More Community Support for D.A.P. from Dining Out For Life 2015

On-track to set a new record of more than $175,000 raised!! PALM SPRINGS, CA, May 15, 2015 – Many people who chose to “Dine Out, Fight AIDS” on Thursday, April 30 also slipped a little something extra into envelopes for Desert AIDS Project. Those envelope donations of nearly $26,000 from the total of 54 participating […]


Desert AIDS Project thinks globally, acts locally by getting HIV meds to the world

This February, D.A.P. shipped 85 pounds of unexpired HIV and AIDS medications from the Coachella Valley to the developing world, participating in the Aid For AIDS program … and we’ll soon be making an equally-sized shipment. Aid For AIDS (AFA) was established in 1996 to rush unused, unexpired HIV medications from the U.S. to countries […]

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