On Sunday, October 20, 2013, thousands of Atlantans will unite in the largest and most visible fundraising event for AIDS in the southeast, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run which benefits AID Atlanta and 8 participating agencies. These exceptional organizations provide treatment, medications, prevention education, meals, mental health services, child care, substance abuse counseling, pastoral care, and clinical research to help thousands of our families, neighbors and friends living with, affected by, and at-risk for HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. With the 8th highest number of AIDS cases in the country we welcome participants as walkers, runners, and crew members to help address Metropolitan Atlanta’s AIDS crisis. With the support and dedication of volunteers, individuals, teams and corporate sponsors, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run raised over $1,000,000 during its 2012 campaign! We are confident that with your involvement, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run 2013 will reach its goal of raising $1,100,000 this year! All individuals who wish to participate are required to register.
By race/ethnicity, African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV in the United States (US). At the end of 2007, blacks accounted for almost half (46%) of people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in the 37 states and 5 US dependent areas with long-term, confidential, name-based HIV reporting. In 2006, blacks accounted for nearly half (45%) of new infections in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Even though new HIV infections among blacks overall have been roughly stable since the early 1990s, compared with members of other races and ethnicities they continue to account for a higher proportion of cases at all stages of HIV—from new infections to deaths. ~excerpts from the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/
We all have to do our part. Little Black Village is trying to educate and take an active role by helping out anyway possible. We are teaming up with a few student groups from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University, as well as co-organizing with the Southern Association of Black Peace Corps Volunteers to have a bigger impact. You can help as well by joining us on Sunday, October 20, 2013 or visiting our donation page or just making a comment about how you think the black community can step up its efforts in prevention and creating more awareness about HIV/AIDs in our community.