Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
AIDS Walk Wisconsin
Great progress has been made in the battle against HIV and AIDS, but there’s still a long way to go. Numbers show that HIV infections in Wisconsin are actually on the rise. At least in the battle against AIDS, Wisconsin has an advantage over other states: The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) provides some of the most comprehensive care in the country, offering HIV patients not only medical and dental treatments, but also mental health services and access to a food pantry and social services—essential assistance, since 90% of HIV patients live in poverty, and more than 50% suffer from mental illness or addiction. To cover its operating budget, which also covers education, prevention and testing services, the ARCW relies on fundraisers like its largest event, the annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin. This year’s AIDS Walk will start and finish at the Summerfest grounds and will take participants along the lakefront and other city scenery. New this year is a timed 5-kilometer run along the same route as the walk. Rain or shine, there will be thousands of walkers and runners supporting the cause.