Worldwide, more than 33 million people live with HIV or AIDS, with over 7,000 new infections every day. There’s still no cure.

That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing we can do. About 2,200 people are doing something wonderful right now.

Today is the first day of the ninth AIDS/LifeCycle, a seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Those of you who read SX Meagher’s I Found My Heart in San Francisco probably remember that Ryan and Jamie participated in the California AIDS Ride. The AIDS/LifeCycle continues what the AIDS Ride began.

A friend of mine is one of the 2,200 cyclists in this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle. She’s not an athlete or a life-long cyclist, yet she bought a bike and trained for eight months, making it up some grueling hills, and now she’s cycling 545 miles to support people with HIV and AIDS and to help increase awareness of HIV/AIDS.

My hat is off to my friend and to all the other people who participate in this great endeavor.

The Romance Bet by Jae

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