THE WALK & RUN
AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is the Southeast’s largest community fundraiser and awareness event for HIV/AIDS, benefiting AID Atlanta & 7 other Participating Organizations. Over its history, more than 300,000 people have participated in AWA5K, raising $40M for HIV/AIDS prevention and care, saving countless lives and improving the well-being of thousands still living with HIV/AIDS today. This year, we expect thousands of people to join us. AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run continues until the epidemic ends.
AID Atlanta produces AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, and is a leader in HIV prevention, education, and outreach. Our 3-5% positivity rate exceeds the 1% national average, which means that we are consistently reaching those who are at highest risk. Providing services to people living with a diagnosis of HIV in GA, we reach thousands more with prevention and wellness services; those services include HIV counseling & testing; access to prevention tools (e.g. condoms, safer sex kits) medical referrals; pharmacy access; case management; housing and rental assistance; mental health counseling; and peer support. AID Atlanta provides targeted outreach to those most vulnerable to HIV infection: Black and Latina women, gay and bisexual men, transgender women, injection drug users, and young people. We advocate for public policies that support the fight against AIDS, and for public funding of treatment, prevention, and care.
Learn more about AID Atlanta at www.aidatlanta.org.
THE EPIDEMIC IN GA
In 2013 (the last year for which statistics are available), Georgia was ranked fifth highest in the nation for total number of adults and adolescents living with HIV infection.
Almost two thirds, (64%) of persons living with HIV infection in 2013 resided in the Metro Atlanta area.
Sixty-seven percent of new diagnoses of HIV infection in Georgia were among African Americans.