Here are some interesting facts to think about:
- There is a new HIV infection every nine minutes in the United States. In the time it took me to draft this blog post, 4 more people were infected.
- In 2006, the rate of new HIV infection for black women was nearly 15 times as high as that of white women and nearly 4 times that of Hispanic/Latina women.
- 25% of those infected with HIV don’t even know it.
- In the 28 years since we first learned to diagnose HIV/AIDS, there is still no national plan to fight the epidemic.
Donations to AIDS Walk LA primarily go to AIDS Project LA (APLA), which provides urgently needed food, dental care, safe housing, and much more to people with HIV/AIDS who also face poverty, hunger, and homelessness. APLA also runs the county’s largest network of community education and HIV prevention programs to end the epidemic in Los Angeles. If you’re not familiar with the amazing work the men and women at APLA do, please check out information here and here.