Until There’s A Cure

Almost from the very beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Until There’s a Cure (UTAC) has been dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat this pandemic. One of their primary sources of funding prevention education, care services, and vaccine development is The Bracelet. We’ve all seen the iconic UTAC Bracelet—a quarter-inch-wide metal cuff bracelet with a raised HIV/AIDS ribbon. UTAC has various iterations of the Bracelet (last year we highlighted their rose-gold-coated Bracelet) at various price points.

This year, we have decided to highlight some other great gifts from their catalog, including:

African Art Bracelets: These bracelets hand-carved in the Ovahimba tradition by villagers in Namibia are genuinely unique—no two bracelets are alike. Each bracelet features a representation of the AIDS ribbon, a poignant work of wearable art crafted from recycled PVC pipe. Each bracelet is a showpiece that anyone can be proud to wear.

AIDS Loving Heart Ornaments: Bright and distinctive, these heart ornaments will brighten any environment. These ornaments are lovingly handmade by South African mothers.

Sankofa Bracelets: These traditional handmade African clay, stone, and recycled glass beads have been used for centuries for trade in West Africa. They are made by HIV-positive villagers in Ghana. Each piece is named after the village of the HIV-positive person trained to make the bracelet.

Tell Me More: UNTIL reinvests over 88% of the proceeds from every sale into the cause. Thus, you can rest assured that your contribution is going toward the Fight Against HIV/AIDS. UTAC funds innovative programs which promote AIDS awareness and prevention education, provides financial support for care and services for those living with AIDS, and supports and advocates for AIDS vaccine development.

How Much: The African Art Bracelets cost $25 each. The Heart Ornaments cost $10 each. And finally, the Sankofa Bracelets can be yours for $18.

How to Order: All of these items, as well as many others, are available for sale at https://store.until.org/.

Who Benefits:Your purchase of the African Art Bracelet provides care services, food, and schooling for children of this Namibian village and other areas of Africa ravaged by AIDS. Purchases of the AIDS Loving Heart Ornaments benefit the South African mothers who made them. Purchases of the Traditional African Bracelets fund both access to HIV treatment and supplemental income for its maker for one month, improving their health and status as contributing members of their community.

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.