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  • Why Are We Still Talking About AIDS?

    Why Are We Still Talking About AIDS? 

    By John Barry, LMSW, ED STAP

    I was recently asked why the Southern Tier AIDS Program still exists. I do admire the person’s candor. If this person said it, other people are thinking it. The inquiry was grounded I suppose, in a belief that AIDS is a problem we have solved. The short answer is that we are still needed. STAP’s supportive services for those living with HIV/AIDS are critical to keeping folks healthy. Did you know that HIV+ persons with a low viral load cannot transmit HIV sexually? We help accomplish that. Prevention is more important than ever as we attempt to “reach the end of AIDS” here in New York State. Did you know that people can take a pill once a day to prevent HIV transmission if they believe that they are at risk? We help accomplish that. Our testing programs have expanded to include not just HIV, but Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted diseases. STDs are at an historic high nationwide and rising. We test people and get them into treatment.

    The long answer is…well, more complex.  Healthcare policy and practice is shifting to recognize the critical role that poverty, race, gender and sexual orientation play in health. This is nothing new to us. In fact, it is the reason this organization exists. AIDS was difficult to treat when it emerged, but it was not only the lack of medical technology that complicated its treatment. The medical system (and the larger culture) struggled with responding compassionately to those groups most heavily impacted by AIDS: gay men, injection drug users and communities of color. Stigma and discrimination resulted in poor quality of care and advocacy by those outside the systems of care was required to correct it.

    The increased use of opiates/heroin and the concomitant increase in overdose deaths has laid bare the weak places in our systems of care for substance users. New approaches are required. Harm Reduction interventions such as syringe exchange, naloxone distribution, suboxone prescribing, onsite health care for drug users at syringe exchanges, drug testing and overdose prevention centers have helped to keep people alive, assist them with entering treatment and prevent communicable diseases. It should be noted that all these approaches help people recover, preserve public dollars and can be found at STAP.

    In the last decade STAP has quietly grown beyond its roots as an AIDS service organization. We now offer a food pantry, housing, care coordination, LGBT youth services, prison/jail reentry services, Hepatitis C services, STD testing, medical services and substance use treatment. Being HIV+ is not required to access any of these services.

    The lessons that AIDS taught us have made us an invaluable public health tool and there will always be a need for that.

     


  • NEWS FROM OUR STAP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    During the quiet of the holiday break I spent several days reviewing the agency's strategic plan. Now if the rest of you are anything like me this is a prospect that might fill you with dread and I will admit that those feelings were in the mix as I began. As I progressed through the edits and updates, however, another set of feelings emerged. Positive feelings and thoughts. I felt gratitude toward our donors, our volunteers and the communities that support our mission in big and small ways. I felt pride at the work that our staff is able to accomplish in cooperation with our consumers, at the compassion they approach those they serve with and their perseverance in witnessing suffering, helping to relieve it and continuing to do so day after day. I felt amazement at the obstacles that those we serve overcome every day and that they are resilient enough to carry on whatever the impediments and challenges they face.

    And yes, I saw all this in a strategic plan, because our plans here are always inspired and animated by the needs and strengths of our communities, our consumers and our staff. It has to be, because without them there is no reason for us to exist. I will also say that if the plan is any reflection of our reality that we have changed the world around us for the better and we can prove it. 

    At the end of my updating of the strategic plan I found myself energized and looking forward to the good things that will happen in 2020 and beyond. We are fortunate here at STAP/STCC. We have good work to do that is needed and eases human suffering. We have the resources and the support of our communities to do the work and we can prove that what we are doing actually helps. Good work is a precious gift and we are thankful for it. 

    ~ John Barry LMSW, Executive Director, Southern Tier AIDS Program 


  • DONATIONS TO RIDER PAGES

    TO MAKE A DONATION TO A RIDER PAGE GO TO: 

    https://southerntieraidsprogram.salsalabs.org/aidsrideforlife2019

    Scroll down and enter the rider name in the FIND A RIDER box or enter a team name in the FIND A TEAM box. 

    FOR GENERAL donations - type GENERAL in the Rider box.

    Questions?  Please contact Ride Coordinator Cynthia Rotella, 607-272-4098 Ext 316 or crotella@stapinc.org

    Thanks a million for your support!! 


  • FUNDRAISING & DONATIONS!

    To create a fundraising page for this years event, click 

    https://southerntieraidsprogram.salsalabs.org/aidsrideforlife2019/index.html

    Follow the easy instructions.  Make your page your story - Why YOU Ride or Volunteer! 

    Need Assistance?  Contact Ride Coordinator Cynthia Rotella - crotella@stapinc.org or call 607-272-4098 Ext 316


  • EXHIBITORS WANTED - 2019 HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO

    RE:                 RIDE FOR LIFE - HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO - EXHIBITOR INVITATION PACKET

    DATE:            Friday, September 6, 2019 

    Expo Hours:  4pm – 7pm

    LOCATION:   Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY

    You are enthusiastically invited to take part in our 4rd Annual Health & Fitness Expo as an exhibitor and/or   vendor.   Our expo provides a unique opportunity to connect and network with athletes, other businesses and community members all in one place. This is a perfect opportunity to expand your market, introduce new products and publicize your services with maximum exposure and minimal cost.

    We are estimating over 1000 attendees who will come through the expo including participants of the 20th annual AIDS Ride For Life cycling event.  Exhibit space is assigned on first-come, first served basis.  

    CONTACT Cynthia Rotella for vendor information. This event will sell out!

    crotella@stapinc.org   607-272-4098 Ext 316

     


  • DONATIONS THROUGH 12/31/2018

    Donations can be made right on this sight.  Check out the left column, click on DONATIONS then follow the prompts.  Questions?  Contact Ride Coordinator Cynthia Rotella at crotella@stapinc.org or call 607-272-4098 Ext 316.

    THANK YOU!!! 


  • PROCRASTINATORS REGISTRATION SPECIAL!

    PROCRASTINATORS REGISTRATION SPECIAL - JUST RIDE!

    Register on this site, choose your registration fee. 

    $45 - no code
    $30 - enter code LOADTHEROAD18
    $20 - enter code SIGNMEUP18
    FREE - enter code COOLRIDER18
     

     


  • FUNDRAISING & DONATIONS

    HERE IS HOW ANYONE CAN HELP……..

    TO DONATE TO A RIDER- GO TO:

    https://www.firstgiving.com/event/stapride/aids-ride-for-life-20th-year-2018

    TO MAKE A GENERAL DONATION TO THE RIDE:

    http://aidsrideforlife.org/donate

    TO MAKE A MATCHING FUNDS DONATION SEE OUR EVENT HANDBOOK IN THE DOWNLOAD SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE

    TO CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISING PAGE ON FIRST GIVING – (ANYONE CAN JOIN IN THE FUN WITH US – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A RIDER!!)

    First Giving is the fundraising site used for the Ride. After registering to Ride, you will receive a confirmation page with a link to this site where you can create your own personalized page.  Creating a fundraising page on this website is an easy way to contact friends, family and colleagues.  It is a simple way for them to donate securely and a quick way for you to keep track of your fundraised amounts. 

     

    ·       ANYONE CAN CREATE A FUNDRAISNING PAGE EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT A RIDER

    ·       Go to: https://www.firstgiving.com/event/stapride/aids-ride-for-life-20th-year-2018

    ·       Click on FUNDRAISE and follow the prompts. 

    ·       Questions or assistance setting up your page – contact ARFL Event Coordinator

    Cynthia Rotella at 607-272-4098 Ext 316 or crotella@stapinc.org.

    BECOME A MEMBER OF THE HIGH GEAR CLUB OR THE SILVER SPOKE CLUB  

    CHALLENGE YOURSELF!

    ·       The High Gear Club is a club reserved for Riders/fundraisers who raise a minimum of $1000.  Valuable Ride merchandise can be won at the $1000 levels and above.  Watch for the monthly AIDS Ride for Life newsletters for more details on what can be won at the $1000, $2000 and $5000 levels. 

    ·       All High Gear Club members are invited to an awards party in October to celebrate your awesomeness and support of STAP/ARFL.

    ·       The Silver Spoke club is for Riders/fundraisers who raise $500 to $999.  Special prizes are awarded at a celebration of your support and success!

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  IT MEANS MORE TO US THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!


  • RIDE 2017

    Thank YOU - with all of our hearts!  We had a terrific Ride 2017 weekend!  
     
    It's hard to believe we are on the other side of our 19th Ride! Mother Nature cooperated nicely (it's about time!) with 61ish degree temps, partly cloudy...and dry!  The new addition of the Black Diamond Trail and comments have been very positive!  Thank you, so much, for all of the wonderful, heartfelt acts of generosity in countless ways from all of you. Your spirit, determination and support has strengthened our commitment to our clients, programs, services, our community and our event.
     
     
    The Ride happens and is successful because of you.  Riders, Community Partners, Pit Stop Coordinators, Motorcycle & SAG support, Tompkins Radio Guys, Medical Assistants, T-Burg Rotary Cooking Crew, Volunteers, Set Up & Clean up crews, Massage Therapists, Cheerleaders, Vendors..... "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."  ~ Helen Keller.   We could not do this without you.
     
     
    You all have helped raise over $205,000 and our fundraising total continues to climb and will right into December.  Donations were made from 46 states and 10 countries outside the USA - a loud and clear message regarding the importance of STAP's work. So much generosity and many thoughtful comments have come our way; the worst pandemic - HIV/AIDS -  and the worst drug crisis - opiates - of our lifetime has brought out the best in our community.  Riders from 15 states joined forces with STAP and local businesses. Combining those groups with Volunteers from many walks of life; all came together giving time, money, hands and hearts. 
     
    JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 FOR OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY RIDE
     
    For more information contact Event Coordinator Cindy Rotella at 607-272-4098 or crotella@stapinc.org
     
    Southern Tier AIDS Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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