Until There’s A Cure

Until There’s A Cure (UTAC), one of the earliest HIV/AIDS-related charities and a perennial favorite in our Holiday Gift Guide, has raised awareness and funds to combat this AIDS pandemic since the beginning. UTAC depends on funds raised from their online store, which offers clothing, shoulder bags, handcrafted jewelry, and numerous other items that will make you a gift-giving superstar!

This holiday season, UTAC offers the following unique gifts:

The Bracelet: The original iconic design of The Bracelet was created in 1993 by Isabel Geddes of Florence, Italy. This silver-plated cuff-style bracelet measures 1/4 inches wide and features a small, raised AIDS ribbon on the outside. The inside is inscribed with “Until There’s A Cure.” Sizes: Small (fits up to 6-inch wrist), Medium (6 to 7.5-inch wrist), and Large (7.5 to 9-inch wrist). The Bracelet is also available in other metals.

Embroidered Greeting Cards: These beautifully detailed cards are embroidered by Indian women from underprivileged families, who spent 1 to 2 days on one card. When you purchase this card, 100% of your donation goes to India, and you support the socioeconomic development of these women, their families and communities.

Little Traveler Pins: These adorable beaded pins are handmade in South Africa. Each Little Traveler comes with its own passport. Proceeds support food, shelter, water, education, and economic stability in South Africa.

African Art Bracelet: Hand-carved in the Ovahimba tribal tradition by villagers in Namibia, no two African Art bracelets are alike. Each bracelet features a representation of the AIDS ribbon, a poignant work of wearable art imaginatively and resourcefully crafted from recycled PVC pipe. Your purchase of this bracelet provides care services, food, and schooling for children of this Namibian village and other areas of Africa ravaged by AIDS.

Stuffed Animals: These stuffed lions, giraffes, and elephants are all handmade in South Africa from cotton twill in various beautiful patterns and colors. Made in partnership with Reaboka Foundation, dedicated to working with marginalized and vulnerable communities, mainly in rural areas. Your purchase directly supports vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Tell Me More: 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 silver-plated Bracelet is $25; the Embroidered Greeting Cards are $6 each; the Little Traveler Pins cost $5 each; the African Art Bracelets costs $25; and the Stuffed Animals cost $38.00 (large), $30 (medium), or $20 (flat).

Who Benefits: Until There’s A Cure, a national organization with worldwide reach, funds prevention education, care services, vaccine development, and public awareness of HIV/AIDS. UTAC reinvests 88% of the proceeds from all sales into the cause, so you can be assured your contribution is going toward the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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

As we approach the holidays near the end of this calamitous year, many of us may struggle to find reasons for celebration. It’s been a challenging year on multiple levels. Climate change set the West Coast on fire, while it drowned the Southeast and Northeast in freakish rainstorms. Even if the effects of climate change haven’t kept us awake at night, we’ve had to cope with the still-spreading, still-deadly COVID-19 crisis (and its accompanying epidemic of disinformation) for nineteen months. And of course these calamities have impacted the HIV community, with reduced HIV testing, the closure of many clinics, and a dangerous drop in funding for HIV/AIDS-related organizations and services.

It’s been an exhausting year.

Perhaps that is why celebrating the holidays this year is so important. For the sake of our sanity, we need some spirited revelry, some levity to light the darkness that has surrounded us. As Jerry Herman wrote for Mame, “For we need a little music, need a little laughter / Need a little singing ringing through the rafter / Yes we need a little snappy happy ever after.” We need the human contact of gathering together, sharing a holiday feast, toasting each other’s health, exchanging gifts.

In our 20th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, you’ll find a wide array of gifts that perform triple duty—they will delight the recipients of your gifts, you will enjoy the spirit of giving, and each gift helps to raise funds for one HIV/AIDS-related organization or another. Greeting cards, jewelry, T-shirts, hats, food stuffs, artwork, holiday ornaments—you name it, you’ll find the perfect gifts here in a broad range of prices.

So be of good cheer! Get out your gift list and get busy spreading love and joy among your friends and family. We sure could use some love and joy these days!
Happy Holidays!

—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-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.