About Desert AIDS

Who We Are

Founded in 1984 by a group of community volunteers, Desert AIDS Project’s mission is to improve the overall health of our entire community, focusing on those most in need of support.

To meet this mission, DAP became a Federally Qualified Health Center with the goal of providing comprehensive, high-quality and culturally competent primary and preventative health care services in a campus setting.

90 – 90 – 90

Join us in our commitment to 90-90-90, the bold strategy set forth by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.

By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.

People can carry the HIV virus for years and not know it. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Your support enables DAP’s Get Tested Coachella Valley program to provide free and confidential HIV testing at hundreds of community events and dozens of test sites.

By 2020 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.

When someone with HIV is on the appropriate medications, they become 96% less infectious to others. Thanks to your attendance at the Steve Chase and other fundraising events Desert AIDS Project ensures that newly-diagnosed HIV positive patients receive the medications they need to survive and thrive, and regular follow-ups to safeguard their well-being. DAP’s Patient Assistance Program secures critical HIV and other medications at reduced cost.

By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

To suppress the virus to an undetectable level, and individual must start on medication as early as possible and stay on it for a lifetime. This can be challenging when facing other serious challenges. That’s the driving force behind DAP TotalCare – the comprehensive combination of health and wellness services which are uniquely tailored to each individual – including medical, dental, mental health, social services, support groups, substance abuse counseling and much more – all conveniently provided under one roof at DAP’s Palm Springs location.

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