I've been a fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team for most of my life, and living in that city back in 1994, I was especially proud of the Giants when they teamed up with the Until There's A Cure Foundation and become the first professional sports team to host an AIDS benefit game. It was something that needed to happen, and the Giants came through. Over the years I have written about this event, which tonight will be happening for the twenty-fourth time.
I'm sorry to say that the need is still there. A lot of folks have forgotten about HIV/AIDS. Many are too young to remember when there was no such thing. Many are also too young to remember all the suffering and all the deaths. Yes, things have improved - in fact they have greatly improved, but there is still no cure. That's why the Giants and Until There’s A Cure Foundation keep raising awareness of prevention education, care and services, in an effort to help find that cure.
I have probably written here about HIV/AIDS more than anything else. It's important. That's why I do AIDS Walk San Francisco every year, why I support other fundraisers and why I think education and testing are so important. I support the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). I support the many organizations who are working to remember our past and fighting for a better future. Of course I also support my baseball Giants for this annual effort and all the other ways they give back to the community.
Tonight, a portion of your ticket proceeds goes directly back to the Until There’s A Cure Foundation, plus you get to see the Giants take on the division-rival Dodgers. I hope we win the game of course, but more importantly, I hope we soon win the fight against AIDS. This is a fight we must win. I'm so glad to see that the Giants are still giant! Let's all do our part too.