The Friends for Life Bike Rally raises critical funds to support people living with HIV in our community.
The challenges facing HIV-positive people are numerous and complex, and while treatment options have improved, unfortunately there is still no cure.
What is HIV?
HIV (or human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that weakens the immune system, the body’s built-in defense against disease and illness. Without treatment for HIV, the immune system can become too weak to fight off serious illnesses.
HIV can also damage other parts of the body through chronic inflammation. Without treatment, a person with HIV can eventually become sick with life-threatening infections. This is the most serious stage of HIV infection, called AIDS (or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
What are the Challenges?
People living with HIV face many challenges: episodes of illness, numerous life transitions, discrimination, financial difficulties, social isolation, side effects from medications and long term effects from the virus – to name but a few. The funds raised through the Bike Rally help provide a safe place to express those concerns and a place where practical information and support services are available.