Brett is a leader in the regions
Active Transportation activities
biking and walking for a
Over the years, Brett has
played competitive beach and
indoor volleyball with NAGVA
across the nation and is now
actively focused on cycling.
Having completed multiple
California AIDS Rides, cycling
is foremost in Brett’s mind
What could be the role of LGBT
sports and wellness programs in
promoting or impeding social
“The world of sport is not separate from the
rest of the world. Sport breaks down barriers,
promotes self-esteem, and can teach life skills
and healthy behavior. Athletes can be an
inspiration and role models for the youth of the
-International Olympic Committee, President Jacques Rogge
The role of sports coaches as role models and
mentors has proved a vital component of
HIV/AIDS prevention programs using sport.
◦ Being peers to other people of a similar age, with
whom building relationships of trust can be easier.
◦ The programs that have proven to be most
successful in HIV/AIDS prevention have been those
that emphasize developing strong leaders and
coaches who offer support and guidance.
Is there any obligation in an LGBT league to
help promote the de-stigmatization of
HIV/AIDS, or to promote PrEP or other
safeguards or testing overall?
Whether HIV positive or negative, we all have
a role to play.
It starts with a conversation – in our
relationships, with our teammates, with our
health care providers, with the people in our
By talking openly and honestly about HIV, we
help to confront stigma and misinformation.
The Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign is
Removing fear, judgment and stigma by making HIV
testing a medical standard-of-care for all
adolescents and adults.
Educating the community on how to protect their
health and prevent infection.
Outreach through community events, gatherings
and sports leagues.
The spread of HIV can be reduced up to 96%.
If an individual who is HIV positive takes the
right medications, he or she may become up
to 96% less likely to pass the virus on to
Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk
of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%
when used consistently.
Know your HIV status
Connect yourself to care
Know your options – treatment, PrEP or PEP
Empower yourself and others
End the Stigma
Improved knowledge, a reduction in stigma
and discrimination and, safer sexual practices
among the sporting community.
Through a coaching curriculum that uses
sport/games to engage youth and adults and
bring about behavior change.
Using sporting events as a platform from
which to deliver education in an engaging
and non confronting environment – Sin City
Through forging partnerships between
Leagues, Committees and/or Teams with
local AIDS Service Organizations.
The IOC and UNAIDS have published the first
Toolkit for HIV & AIDS prevention through sport.
Specifically designed for the sports community, it
Information about HIV & AIDS, how prevention can
be effective, how sports can be beneficial for HIV
Numerous activities and programs, from basic
information sessions with colleagues or athletes, to
communications campaigns during sports events.
How to develop comprehensive policies for sports
It is important that you connect your activities
and programs to local AIDS organizations.
They may be able to help with training and in
the provision of HIV/AIDS and PrEP materials
and teaching aids.
You do not need extensive experience in
coaching or in teaching sports, nor do you
need access to expensive equipment to use
this toolkit. However, you need to be ‘AIDS
competent’ and capable of communicating
about HIV/AIDS and PrEP properly.
“HIV can affect anyone anywhere. As athletes,
we are in a unique position to help get
messages through on how to avoid infection
with the virus. While there may be no cure for
AIDS, we must not forget that HIV can be
-Yaping Deng, China, Table Tennis star and Quadruple Olympic Gold
The impact of becoming HIV-positive is
overwhelming and invades every aspect of
an individual’s life. Though many of us
living with HIV and AIDS have returned to
the ranks of public normalcy–a point to be
celebrated–we must also scrutinize it.
Many HIV-positive individuals often leave
sports due to life changes, stigma and
How could HIV/AIDS and/or PrEP in sports be
communicated for your team, league or
Would there be barriers, challenges or
hurdles to incorporating an HIV/AIDS and
PrEP tool kit into your league or team
Does your league ‘Code of Conduct’ include
diversity language, if not, could it?
Get Tested Coachella Valley – GTCV
Desert AIDS Project – D.A.P.
IOC and UNAIDS – HIV/AIDS toolkit
Washing Blade ‘Issues in sports’