“It would make it super easy to end the epidemic if everyone was on board.” – Kris (he/him)

Kris and Jess have a unique story as mother and son growing up living with HIV. But, in many ways, their story is like so many others who have found and continue to find community and support at PCAF. 

June 2021 marked the 40th anniversary of the first cases of what we now know as HIV. Support from our community has empowered PCAF to challenge the discrimination and stigma the has fueled the HIV epidemic for these past 40 years, and it is with that support that PCAF is creating a future free of HIV.

During 2021 so far, PCAF has… 

  • Distributed over $200,000 in housing aid to people living with HIV who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, which is especially important due to the expiration of eviction protections
  • Hosted COVID-19 vaccine clinics to ensure that people living with and impacted by HIV have access to vaccination in a comfortable and familiar environment
  • Administered HIV tests at PCAF, community events, partnering organizations like Oasis Youth Center and Rainbow Center, and through at-home testing kits. 
  • Supplied nearly 200 people living with HIV with culturally familiar, nutritious groceries. 
  • Distributed nearly 20,000 safer sex materials such as condoms, dental dams, and other barriers to stop the spread of HIV
  • Conducted HIV educational activities and workshops focused on education and empowering youth, LGBTQ people, and people of color to understand HIV transmission, make informed decisions about harm reduction and risk mitigation, and access HIV prevention resources. 

The end of the year is an important time for PCAF when we dream and plan for the year ahead. That’s why your support right now is so crucial. The funds we raise from our community of supporters give us the flexibility to support our work in ending the HIV epidemic in the South Sound.