Special to The Dallas Examiner
In Dallas County, an estimated 19,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, which represents a 39 percent increase over the past eight years. New cases of HIV/AIDS are being seen in the 13- to 18-year age-group, accounting for 3.9 percent of new diagnoses in all age groups.
On March 15 in Commissioner’s Court, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price presented a resolution to AIDS Walk South Dallas supporting their goal to inspire, educate and galvanize the community of South Dallas and surrounding areas to continue to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and assist those impacted.
On March 26, the 2016 AIDS Walk South Dallas will celebrate six years with a 5K walk/run at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. or can be done in advance online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/aids-walk-south-dallas-2016-tickets-17420069898.
Dallas County Health and Human Services, an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, encourages citizens to support the annual campaign.
“We support AIDS Walk South Dallas, which aims to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in our communities,” DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said. “This walk and other events will help connect our citizens to openly communicate and eliminate stigmas associated with HIV and AIDS.”
Organizers have set a goal to raise $50,000 and have 500 walkers. Funds raised will benefit programs and services of AIDS Walk South Dallas Inc. as well as The Afiya Center, whose mission is to end reproductive oppression among marginalized Black women and girls through re-education and engendering empowerment of sexual and reproductive health disparities including HIV.
“The support we receive from the community shows a shared commitment and true passion to have an effect on the lives of people impacted by HIV and AIDS, and it’s much appreciated,” said Auntjuan Wiley, AWSD founder and chair. “With over 19,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Dallas County, this is not just a walk for the cause; this is about change in our community.”
For more information about AIDS Walk South Dallas, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.aidswalksouthdallas.com.