October 5, 2013
The AIDS Services Group celebrated making steps against HIV/AIDS during the 16th-annual AIDS Walk along the Downtown Mall.
More than 370 people came out to this year's walk with a theme focused on the decrease in new infections among women and girls.
HIV- and AIDS-related diseases are among the top killers in African American women. ASG continues its fight by offering free testing for the community.
“We were started by the community and it's important that every year we recommit ourselves to making sure that we're there for our friends and neighbors,” says Peter DeMartino, CEO of ASG.
“It's awesome to see all of the support, to see people coming out to get awareness,” says Tinera Calloway, spokesperson for HIV Stops with Me. “That's what it's all about is getting the awareness out and letting people know that there are people living in the community with HIV.”
This year's walk raised $25,000 to stop the spread of HIV.