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San Francisco AIDS Walk

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 12:32:00
Article by:
Sam Felsing
One of numerous groups participating in 2017 SF AIDS walk is Team Cannaibis. Photo via Google.
When it first came into people’s consciousnesses in the early 1980s, AIDS was widely considered to be a death sentence. Now, 67 percent of all San Franciscans living with HIV have achieved viral suppression, with 75 percent of newly diagnosed patients achieving such suppression within a year of diagnosis, according to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Though obviously, there is still more work to do. African Americans, for instance, had 17 percent of all new diagnoses in the city in 2015, while only being 6 percent of the population.  That is one of the reasons that events such as the San Francisco AIDS Walk are important.
  
Walkers participating in the 10k walk solicit monetary donations from friends, colleagues and neighbors to help raise money for dozens of local charities that work to combat the disease or support those living with it. Charities include those such as Project Open Hand — a group that provides meals to critically ill neighbors and seniors; or the Positive Resource Center — which provides benefits counseling and employment services to those living with HIV and AIDS; or UCSF’s Golden Compass — which provides comprehensive medical care for seniors combating HIV/AIDS.
 
The 2017 San Francisco AIDS Walk will take place on Sunday, July 16. Similar to previous years, the walk will begin and end in Golden Gate Park. Find out more at https://sf.aidswalk.net/.
 
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