How can you help?
1. Go for a Walk, Roll or Stroll for AVOL Kentucky
Observe social distancing practices. Be creative. Post a video or photo of your Walk, Roll or Stroll. Ask friends to do the same. Form a virtual team. Set a goal. Enjoy the great outdoors. Include hashtags #WalkRollStroll #AVOLKY #EndHIV #HealthyAtHome #TogetherKY #TeamKentucky. Also include links to the Walk, Roll & Stroll campaign.
2. Donate to AVOL
Go to avolky.org/Walk2020 and link to our event page, or go directly to https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/lexington-aids-walk-2020 The need is great, now, more than ever. Support those in our community living with HIV, and AVOL's ongoing mission of ending HIV in Kentucky.
3. Share with Friends
Know you can do more? Choose a goal, create a page, and share it with your friends. Ask friends to donate $5 or $10 to help you reach your goal! If they can’t help you by donating, ask them to share your page! Use social media, email, text, or letters. Help build momentum.
4. Offer A Thank You!
On behalf of AVOL, keep your friends updated! Let them know how close you’re getting to your goal, and, most importantly, thank them! The work we do at AVOL wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our community.
5. Know You've Helped
You've made all the difference in the world, for someone who needs our help most. In addition to meeting basic needs, you have offered peace of mind, hope and dignity.
Help Us Reach our Goal!
For 29 years, our community has come together for the annual AIDS Walk to celebrate the strides made toward ending HIV in Kentucky. Last week, to ensure the health and safety of the community, Governor Beshear announced that all large events scheduled within the next few months would need to be canceled. This includes AVOL’s AIDS Walk, Roll & Stroll scheduled for April 26th. Although we are deeply saddened by this, we of course understand the importance of social distancing during this time. AVOL’s focus is, and always will be, the well-being and health of our community.
Although we may not be able to gather as a group in person, this doesn't mean we can't make our 29th year, the best year yet! Thanks to technology, being connected and giving are as easy as clicking a button! That’s why the AIDS Walk, Roll and Stroll will continue to raise financial in its 29th year for AVOL Kentucky, digitally, at a time when the need is greatest.
We need our #WalkRollStroll and #AIDSWalk Champions now more than ever, and will reach you and your network through social media!
This isn’t our first battle against a virus, and although we may have to cancel our gathering . . . we are NOT ABANDONING OUR FIGHT!
Never before since we began our work in 1987, have the tools available to us been so effective…
Viral Suppression - We now know that people living with extremely low levels of HIV will not pass the virus along to others. This “viral suppression” involves many factors, most important of which is that persons living with HIV remain engaged in medical care and medication adherence.
Housing as Healthcare - AVOL develops permanent, affordable, stable housing opportunities for people who are medically vulnerable including those living with HIV like Solomon House, Stonewall Terrace (opening in 2021), and Tenant Based Rental Subsidies with support services; stable housing contributes to medical adherence, which in turn results in viral suppression. Housing is Healthcare.
Improved Access, Reduced Stigma to Testing - AVOL improves immediate access to HIV testing through our Mobile Testing Outreach at locations and during hours more accessible to those who need our services the most.
Medical Intervention - PrEP, an effective once daily pill taken to prevent the transmission of HIV, is becoming more and more accessible. In conjunction with HIV testing, AVOL connects people at-risk to PrEP resources including medical providers, financial assistance, and necessary follow-up.
Other Testing – In addition to HIV testing, AVOL provides screening tests for Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections and referrals to infectious disease treatment and substance misuse treatment.
These efforts, along with traditional tried and true approaches like increasing access to routine testing, advocating condom use, education, reducing barriers, and raising awareness, together we can End HIV in Kentucky.