Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)

To prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma.
Feb 21, 2017

AIDS Walk 2016 Project Report

Cascade AIDS Project's AIDS Walk Portland 2016 raised nearly $436,594 and showcased incredible community spirit as nearly 5,000 people from all walks of life came together to increase awareness, fight stigma, and educate the community that HIV has not gone away. We walked for 2.5 miles around downtown Portland on a beautiful sunny day. Please join us for AIDS Walk Portland on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Additional upcoming CAP events: The 26th Annual Art Auction was huge success! As always, CAP received the generous support of the arts community, including both artists and area gallery owners. Not only was the event stupendously fun, we raised $664,261 to support our work. Save the date for the next Art Auction: April 29, 2017.

Now in its fourth year, CAP's Heroes of HIV luncheon honoring community members and corporate partners who have made a significant contribution to the fight against HIV.  Join us again next year on World’s AIDS Day, December 1, 2017.

Oct 20, 2016

Thank you for a successful AIDS Walk Portland 2016

Thank you so much for everything you did to make AIDS Walk Portland 2016 a huge success! We couldn't have done it without you commitment and enthusiasm. While we take a quick break before plunging into planning AIDS Walk 2017, here's just an example of two new programs that funds raised at the September event will help support:

The link between health and housing: While we’ve always been certain that stable housing and connection to services boost an HIV-positive person’s health, until recently we haven’t been able to put a number on it. Now, thanks to new data sharing software and a federally funded pilot data integration project, we can chart the correlation between the services we offer clients and these clients’ medical visits and viral loads.

We’ll know, for instance, if a newly housed client is more likely to take their medication, and if, as a result, their HIV viral load is lower, meaning that their HIV is under control. We’ll know if they’re now able to make their medical appointments regularly. We’ll also be able to track which programs are the most effective at boosting our clients’ health, and how that might differ depending on a person’s race or ethnicity or income level, for instance.

HIV and domestic violence: Victims of intimate violence are among our community’s most vulnerable members. Unfortunately, it means they are also more likely to contract HIV. Until now, Portland has had no systematic way to screen these individuals for HIV and offer them and their families housing and case management to foster their health and wellbeing while they get back on their feet.

Beginning October 1, 2016, CAP has partnered with Bradley Angle to identify and support HIV-positive people and their families. We expect this year about 14 households will receive rent subsidies and referrals to help stabilize their lives. A person’s health should not be ignored while they face the many other challenges that come with intimate violence, and CAP’s collaboration with Bradley Angle will ensure these families get the help they need.

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Jul 22, 2016

AIDS Walk Portland is around the corner!

On September 10, at The Fields Park, we're set for another amazing AIDS Walk Portland. As always, the money we raise will go toward Cascade AIDS Project's mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people living with or affected by HIV, and eliminating HIV-related stigma and health disparities.

This year's walk is especially important, as we're opening health clinic in the winter of 2017 focusing on the needs of the LGBTQ community. The clinic will be a safe an affirming place where, for example, a trans man can get a pap smear or a lesbian couple can go for family planning--and not feel judged.

But the walk's not all serious! Form a team and have some fun. Maybe your team will wear T shirts from your business, or maybe you'll form a themed team, like Andrew Shayde's The Mighty Monster team, where everyone will dress as a different mythical beast.

Where else but at AIDS Walk Portland can you help banish HIV while having a great time? Please join us!

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