Washington Blade: AIDS Walk & Run hopes to raise $120,000

In an effort to further expand its HIV testing, awareness, and care programs, Chase Brexton Health Care aims to raise $120,000 during the second annual AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore on Sunday, May 1. The event takes place at the Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Dr., in Baltimore.

“HIV and AIDS remain a major problem in Baltimore and a leading cause of death here,” said Amy Tignanelli, Chase Brexton special events coordinator in a statement. “We urge people in the community to come out and walk or run — and support this critically important effort to raise funds to expand testing and treatment.”

Chase Brexton states that funds raised this year will help furnish two large vans, which the organization will use as mobile HIV testing, education and assistance units. The vehicles will be unveiled at this year’s event.

“These mobile vans will make an enormous difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Baltimore area,” said Ken Ruby, Chase Brexton director of operations for HIV Care Continuum and Social Work Services. “It’s crucial that we reach out to people where they live to provide the services they need.”

According to the CDC, Baltimore’s rate of HIV infection is 7.5 times higher than the national average, and the fourth leading cause of death in the city. Baltimore accounts for 41 percent of all new HIV cases in Maryland, and one in six residents have never been tested for the disease.

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