A message from Will:
May 17, 2019
It's that time again; time to enjoy the spring/summer sunshine and time to kickoff another year of the AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run! Team #willpower is back at it in 2019.
The team will be walking, running, and raising awareness and money for the 29th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run which is held on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Of course, we need your help! It's no secret that the primary purposes of the AWA5K are to 1.) raise money 2.) create community involvement 3.) enhance education/drive out stigma. That being said, our entire team will be grateful for any contribution you can make! No gift is too small and every donation makes a difference in OUR community.
While monetary contributions are great, there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved with team #willpower! For the past two years we’ve hosted multiple events: cookouts, beer busts, trivia, etc. etc. These events have been monumental to our overall fundraising success for last couple of years and we always need volunteers! If you would like to get involved with team #willpower, please let me or someone on the team know! (My personal contact info is at the end of this message). Likewise, if you're a business owner/manager who would like to get involved, please let me know. We can always use fresh ideas, helpful hands, nwe venues, raffle items, volunteers, some good ole’ moral support, and probably anything else you may be able to offer! We'd love to have you on our team!
Thank you for your continued support,
Team Leader - Team #willpower
DID YOU KNOW?
-More than 37,000 individuals are living with HIV in Metro Atlanta today. (AIDSVu)
-Of those 37,000 individuals, approx. 80% are male and 20% female. The racial makeup is approx. 70.4% Black, 6.8% Hispanic/Latinx, and 18.2% White.(AIDSVu)
- In 2017 Georgia had the highest rate of HIV diagnoses in the entire country. 24.9 diagnoses out of every 100,000 people. 1,597 new diagnoses in GA alone. (CDC)
-Also In 2017:
-The South made up 52% (19,968) of the new HIV diagnoses in the US, followed by the West (7,270; 19%), the Northeast (6,011; 16%), and the Midwest (5,032; 13%). US dependent areas made up 458 (1%) of new HIV diagnoses. (CDC)
-The rates (per 100,000 people) of HIV diagnoses were 16.1 in the South, 12.3 in the US dependent areas, 10.6 in the Northeast, 9.4 in the West, and 7.4 in the Midwest. (CDC)
- In the U.S., 1 in 5 persons infected with HIV is unaware of their status? (Kaiser Family Foundation)
-Talking openly about HIV can reduce the stigma that keeps too many from seeking the testing, prevention, and treatment services/support they need.
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Efforts are ongoing by a number of AIDS Service Organizations to increase HIV testing in high risk communities to ensure that undiagnosed people living with HIV are identified, informed of their status, and assisted with gaining timely access to HIV medical care, medications, nutritional care, and other support services including: prevention, education, and other direct services right here in metro Atlanta.