05 October 2013

World AIDS Day Breakfast

Wednesday - December 3, 2014

Over thirty years ago the first cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) garnered the world’s attention. Since then, more than 630,000 Americans have lost their lives to AIDS and more than 56,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV each year. Currently, there are more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, and almost half of all Americans know someone living with HIV. In King County alone there are an estimated 7,500 men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

At the same time, Seattle-King County’s progress in responding to HIV has been remarkable. 92% of gay men living with HIV in our region are aware that they carry the virus. Of those, 76% are virally suppressed, meaning that they are engaged in treatment sufficient to bring their viral load to undetectable levels, making it nearly impossible for them to transmit the virus to others. Relative to 2004, the rate of new HIV diagnoses in King County is down 23%. These numbers are extraordinary, the best of any city in the United States and quite possibly the world.

The services of the four agencies partnering to present this year’s breakfast, provided collaboratively over many years, have been instrumental in achieving these exceptional results. Clearly, when we band together we can make the strongest impact. That is why FOUR of Seattle's preeminent non-profit AIDS services providers have joined together in a powerful collaboration: the 11th Annual World AIDS Day Breakfast. The largest benefit of its kind in the Northwest, the breakfast is a fundraiser for Gay City Health Project, Seattle Counseling Service, Inspire Youth Project, and Center for Multicultural Health, who work together to provide crucial HIV prevention, education, support and care in the Seattle area.

This breakfast is an opportunity for you to make the strongest impact you can by supporting this entire network of AIDS service providers in Seattle. Last year the event brought in over $120,000 for the combined agencies, which provided those living with HIV/AIDS care, support and most importantly – hope.

Join us this year to honor those we’ve lost, to help those who are living with HIV/AIDS and to celebrate the power of our community in providing a global example for effective response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Your support will help change lives.