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  1. 1.  Brett is a leader in the regions Active Transportation activities and initiatives…specifically biking and walking for a healthier community.  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 these days.
  2. 2. What could be the role of LGBT sports and wellness programs in promoting or impeding social inclusion?
  3. 3. “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 world.” -International Olympic Committee, President Jacques Rogge
  4. 4.  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.
  5. 5.  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?
  6. 6.  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 lives.  By talking openly and honestly about HIV, we help to confront stigma and misinformation.
  7. 7. The Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign is committed to:  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.
  8. 8.  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 others.  Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% when used consistently.
  9. 9.  Get tested  Know your HIV status  Connect yourself to care  Know your options – treatment, PrEP or PEP  Empower yourself and others  End the Stigma
  10. 10.  Improved knowledge, a reduction in stigma and discrimination and, safer sexual practices among the sporting community.
  11. 11.  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 Shootout.  Through forging partnerships between Leagues, Committees and/or Teams with local AIDS Service Organizations.
  12. 12. The IOC and UNAIDS have published the first Toolkit for HIV & AIDS prevention through sport. Specifically designed for the sports community, it offers:  Information about HIV & AIDS, how prevention can be effective, how sports can be beneficial for HIV positive persons.  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 organizations themselves.
  13. 13.  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.
  14. 14.  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.
  15. 15. “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 prevented.” -Yaping Deng, China, Table Tennis star and Quadruple Olympic Gold Medalist.
  16. 16.  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 isolation.
  17. 17.  How could HIV/AIDS and/or PrEP in sports be communicated for your team, league or individual relationships?  Would there be barriers, challenges or hurdles to incorporating an HIV/AIDS and PrEP tool kit into your league or team discussions?  Does your league ‘Code of Conduct’ include diversity language, if not, could it?
  18. 18.  Get Tested Coachella Valley – GTCV  Desert AIDS Project – D.A.P.  IOC and UNAIDS – HIV/AIDS toolkit  Washing Blade ‘Issues in sports’     COMPETE Network  
  19. 19.   760-992-0435 