Desert AIDS Walk 2013
Walk. Get Tested. Stop AIDS.
|Now in its 26th year, the Desert AIDS Walk is a grassroots community event supporting HIV and AIDS services, prevention and advocacy at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.).|
This year the Desert AIDS Walk will benefit both D.A.P. and the dozens of community partners collaborating with us on Get Tested Coachella Valley – a soon-to-be-launched, region-wide campaign dedicated to dramatically reducing transmission of HIV. Get Tested Coachella Valley is critically-needed because:
- 53.3% of Coachella Valley residents have never been tested for HIV.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately one in five people living with HIV do not know they are infected.
- In our valley, the prevalence of HIV is estimated at 67% higher than the national average—putting everyone at greater risk.
An international study, hailed by the journal Science as the “2011 Breakthrough of the Year,” has proven it: If an individual who is HIV positive takes the right medications, he or she is 96% less likely to pass the virus to others.
At this year’s Walk, with each step we take and each dollar we raise, we can test more people, bring more people who are HIV positive into care, and move one step closer to ending the epidemic in our Valley.
Join our fundraising efforts today. It’s online, safe and easy. Create your own team or register as an individual. Set your fundraising goal and collect donations from your colleagues, friends and family. Check out our fundraising tutorials and templates – they’ll make it simple to raise even more.
Register, raise funds, and join us for the Desert AIDS Walk on Saturday, October 19th!