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Louisville AIDS Walk Set for Sunday October 14

Monday October 8, 2012

The 2012 Louisville AIDS Walk and Pet Walk will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14th. More than 6,000 people --including Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore are expected to participate.

The event will begin and end on The Great Lawn in Waterfront Park with participants walking approximately 2 miles through and around Waterfront Park. There is no cost to participate; however, participants are encouraged to collect donations from family and friends. A variety of live entertainment and activities for kids and pets begin at 1 p.m. The Walk begins at 3 p.m. Donations may be made
online at www.louisvilleaidswalk.org.

The Louisville AIDS Walk and Pet Walk is Kentucky’s largest HIV/AIDS fund raising event. Since its founding in 1993, the walk has raised more than $3.3 million and funded 14 local non-profit organizations. All money raised provides direct services to local residents living with HIV/AIDS. The Walk supports a myriad of services such as: food, housing, medical care, medication co-pay assistance, counseling, a summer camp for kids who are infected and affected by HIV, legal services and more.

“The reality is that there are more people in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area who are living with HIV/AIDS today than ever before,” said Brad Hampton, Director of the Louisville AIDS Walk. “That’s one reason why the Louisville AIDS Walk is so important. With the state of the economy and the current state and local funding climate, we have far fewer resources to serve a growing population. While medical advancements have allowed many HIV positive people to live longer, the result is an increased need for client services,” said Hampton.

Every 9 ½ minutes someone is diagnosed as HIV positive in the U.S. More than a third of Kentuckians living with HIV do not have access to HIV/AIDS services and medical care. Louisville has nearly half of all HIV cases in Kentucky. The highest rate of HIV infection in Kentucky is among Louisvillians aged 25-44. One in five Americans living with HIV is not aware of his or her status.

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