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Congratulate Team Instinct At The Finish Line Of AIDS/LifeCycle 2014!

Team Instinct, including our editor-in-chief Jeff Katz, has once again blasted their quads, donned their red dresses, camped out along the California cost, tackled more than 500 miles of bike riding, and raised a ton of money for HIV/AIDS awareness and research as part of AIDS/LifeCycle 2014. 

They're approaching the Finish Line in Los Angeles, and would love to see you cheering them on as they complete their 7-day journey. The event starts around 9 a.m. (when some of the fastest cyclists will cross the finish line), with the majority of teams crossing between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The annual Finish Line Festival will take place shortly after at 3:30 p.m.

All info on the Finish Line day ceremonies can be found here!

Some numbers according to AIDS/LifeCycle:

  • AIDS/LifeCycle raised over $15 million for this year’s ride, a brand new record!
  • Team Funky Money is the top team fundraiser raising over $720,000
  • Bank of America is the largest corporate team with 49 riders.
  • Tom Swan, a Los Angeles resident, is the top individual fundraiser raising over $120,000

In Los Angeles...

  • More than 31,448 people have died of AIDS-related causes since the epidemic began.
  • More than 44,450 people are living with HIV, of which 24,600 are living with AIDS. Most are male (88%) and aged 40 or older (70%). An estimated 72% are gay or bisexual men, 7% of whom are also injection drug users.
  • Although African-Americans comprise less than 9% of the city’s population, they account for nearly 22% of those living with AIDS. 
  • The communities with the highest numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS are Long Beach, Hollywood, West Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles.

In California...

  • Up to 7,000 will become infected with HIV this year.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 of the nation’s HIV-positive people lives in California and the state ranks second in the nation in cumulative AIDS cases at nearly 160,000, surpassed only by New York.
  • 80% of all HIV/AIDS cases occur among gay or bisexual men
  • African-Americans account for nearly 18% of those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • More than two-thirds of all Californians living with HIV reside in Los Angeles County or the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thanks for all the hard work, Team Instinct!