#BEINGTHECHANGE is a unique  campaign aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS through unique programs, initiatives and events. This pill character you see everywhere is our mascot!

It is the antidote to stigma, our call to the community to rise above misconceptions or fear and get informed, get tested and show everyone how they’re #BeingTheChange!

#BeingTheChange includes:

 The 2015 #BeingTheChange Challenge:

A unique open-format bike ride event for all ages & skill levels with three courses going throughout APGD’s scenic western Connecticut service area.


The #BeingTheChange Photo Initiative

Making a change can be as simple as showing those with HIV or those afraid of getting tested that support and love are out there!  Snap a pic with one of our #Beingthechange placards that tells us how YOU’RE #BEINGTHECHANGE!

If you’re hosting an event at a club, lounge, school or university and would like to include #BeingTheChange on site: Click Here!

Vineyard Pill Tie

 The Vineyard Vines #BeingTheChange Tie

We’re so glad to partner with Vineyard Vines who has enabled us to raise funds for programming through the sale of the #Beingthechange tie! This is the perfect gift for the doctor, med student or health professional in your life and you can feel good knowing it supports APGD and our unique programs! If you REALLY love these ties but want any other colors; let us know;  if we can get 100 orders for that color we can order it! Call us to order a tie for pickup at our office at 30 West St. Danbury, CT 06810! For more info click here.


BE FIERCE: FIGHT AIDS! #BeingTheChange Indoor Cycling Events

As an agency focused on healthy lifestyles for our clients and community; APGD is partnering with area spin studios like Joyride Ridgefield to create fundraising spin and cocktail hour events throughout our service area. Click here to see the impact we’ve had with just one event!


Starbucks Second Sunday Events

The second Sunday of every month, APGD goes to a different Starbucks in our service area to sit outside sharing our wonderful work with the community and signing up lovely folks to become monthly sustaining donors for as little as the cost of your weekly coffee. #BeingTheChange is about finding unique ways to spread awareness. Learn more here!


The Prescription for Awareness Campaign

This initiative is aimed at our partners in the medical community to raise awareness of CDC guidelines related to routine testing; increasing referrals from physicians for positive an at risk patients to our agency to reduce the spread of stigma and the virus itself and also seeks to raise conversations within the local community about advancements such as PrEP. Click here for more info!

Western Connecticut HIV/AIDS Testing and Support Services