Hundreds Walk in Columbus to Support HIV Prevention and Treatment
WHEN: Saturday, April 14 | 9:00 AM – Noon
WHERE: McFerson Commons | 218 West St. Columbus, OH
The 2018 Robert J. Fass Memorial AIDS Walk Central Ohio will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Columbus. This year’s tri-city walk/run/ride is slated to be the largest HIV/AIDS awareness event in Ohio. Proceeds benefit Equitas Health’s HIV/AIDS medical care, treatment, and prevention in Central Ohio.
Emceed by NBC4’s Mark Taylor and Celebrity Chair and Columbus’ premier drag queen entertainer, Nina West, the event welcomes walkers and runners from the area to advocate for awareness, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Enjoy music from DJ Michele Chaney and food from Broke Johnny Food Truck, Street thyme, and Tupelo Doughnuts. CD 102.5’s ice cream truck will welcome runners and walkers back. Attend the After-Party at Union Café immediately following the walk. Union Café is donating 25% of food revenue back to AIDS Walk Central Ohio.
23,169 Ohioans are living with HIV/AIDS. In 2016, the rate of new diagnoses in black/African-Americans was over eight times higher than that in whites. Over half (55 percent) of new diagnoses were between the ages of 20 and 34. 20 percent of new diagnoses reside in Franklin County. 24 percent of new diagnoses had a late diagnosis (initially diagnosed and progressed to AIDS within 12 months of initial HIV diagnosis or initially diagnosed with AIDS). Approximately one-in-three people living with HIV have achieved viral suppression; getting treatment and have the virus under control. However, with the support of events like AIDS Walk Central Ohio, nearly 87 percent of Equitas Health patients are achieving viral suppression compared to a national average of 30 percent. These individuals have new hope for long, healthy lives.
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