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Cycling to raise funding & awareness for HIV.

The T2T team will be cycling from the tip to the tail of Florida to raise awareness and funds for HIV.
Help us shatter the stigma and save lives by donating and sharing this page with your friends & family.
Every dollar and conversation helps—together we can end HIV/AIDS!

The T2T team will be cycling from the tip to the tail of Florida to raise awareness and funds for HIV. Help us shatter the stigma and save lives by donating and sharing this page with your friends & family. Every dollar and conversation helps—together we can end HIV/AIDS!

Statistics

HIV statistics & information.

Approximately 1.1 million people live with HIV in the United States.
14% of HIV-positive individuals are unaware that they have HIV (1 in 7).

37,832 people received an HIV diagnosis in the US in 2018.

0%

were among gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with other men.

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were among heterosexuals.

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were among people who inject drugs

2018 HIV cases by race...

  • Blacks / African Americans

    0%
  • Hispanics / Latinos

    0%
  • Whites

    0%
  • Asians

    0%
  • Multiple Races

    0%
  • American Indians / Alaska Natives

    0%
  • Native Hawaiians / Other Pacific Islanders

    0%

2018 HIV cases by region...

  • South

    0%
  • West

    0%
  • Northeast

    0%
  • Midwest

    0%

In 2017, 16,350 deaths among adults and adolescents with diagnosed HIV.

Among people living with HIV...

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have received some care.

0%

are retained in care.

0%

are virally surpressed or undetectable.

Florida is the nation’s third highest rate of HIV diagnoses.*
There are more than 115,000 people in Florida living with HIV.
In 2018, Florida identified 4,906 new HIV diagnoses.

(*behind Washington DC and Georgia)

Route

Craig Conn, TJ Moore, and their cycling crew will depart from Flora-Bama in Perdido Key at approximately 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 7th. They aim to arrive in Key West by 5:00 PM on Saturday, November 21st. During their journey they will be making various stops along the route to connect with other cyclists and to raise awareness for HIV.

Departing from Perdido Key
Nov. 7th 2020 8:00AM EST

Arriving in Key West
Nov. 21st 2020 5:00PM EST

Team

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Craig Conn | Registered Nurse

“During my time living in San Francisco from 1994 - 2006, I saw many friends die of AIDS and I saw the amazing progress in drugs that helped to reduce those deaths. I remember the 1998 Bay Area Reporter heading that read “NO OBITS” — this was a moment of celebration in San Francisco! With the continued advance in drugs, we now have the ability to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.

As a Hospice nurse in Pensacola, I still admit patients. Occasionally, these patients have not known their status, have not taken life saving medications, and are no longer with us. We can stop the stigma, stop the spread of new infections, and help those without the means to medicine! I know that 1000 miles is not a lot, but it is worth every pedal to help bring a final end to HIV/AIDS. Undetectable = untransmittable!”

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TJ Moore | Director of Prevention for OASIS Florida

“As an avid cyclist, I am thrilled to combine two things that I am passionate about—cycling and spreading the word about HIV prevention.

We have the tools in our toolbox to put an end to HIV in our lifetime. PrEP, PEP, and UequalsU are game-changers, and we need to get the word out to as many people as possible. This big ride, to me, is representative of the distance that we still have to go in stopping new infections and breaking the stigma surrounding HIV. It may seem big and impossible, but if we put in the work, it can be done.”

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Chris Gooch | Cosmetologist

“I am originally from a small town in NW Alabama. As a young man, I remember the first time I heard of HIV. I remember the stigma and the reactions of most everyone. One instance in particular that comes to mind. In a small town we had a very successful cosmetologist whose partner was diagnosed with HIV. As a result, this young man lost almost all of his clients and family. After many years of not doing anything, when the opportunity arose for me to be able to make a difference I decided to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

This is why I have decided to participate inthe Tip 2 Tail fundraiser for Oasis of Northwest Florida, to raise HIV awareness and educate others on the stigma that comes with it. As a cosmetologist for 30 years myself, I fortunately have met many people with HIV, and many of them are my closest and dearest friends and family. I am looking forward to supporting my friends who are biking this beautiful great state of Florida.”

Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors.

These brands and businesses helped make this ride possible through their kindness & generosity.

FAQs

What does Tip 2 Tail mean?
We will be cycling from Perdido Key (the tip of Florida) to Key West (the tail), hence Tip 2 Tail!

What is the purpose of the T2T ride?
To shatter the stigma of HIV and save lives! We will be raising awareness and funding for research, treatment, support, and prevention.

Where is my donation going?
100% of the donation proceeds will be given to Oasis. From there, the donations are used for HIV support including research, prevention, treatment & medications, education, outreach, services, and more.

Who is participating in this ride?
Craig Conn and TJ Moore have teamed up to host this fundraising event and embark on this journey from the Tip to the Tail of Florida. They will be joined by a crew of cyclists and drivers.

Can I do more than just donate money?
Absolutely! If you’d like to participate in the ride, become a sponsor, or contribute in other ways, please contact Craig. We'd love to have you join our cause!