AIDS Walk an important step toward cure

BURLINGTON The 12th annual AIDS Walk is gearing up and Vermont CARES invites supporters of all ages, genders, faiths, political persuasions, and fitness levels to come out and walk in solidarity to call attention to the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. Walkers will gather at City Hall Park in Burlington Sunday, Sept. 14, and the 45-minute walk will begin at 1 p.m. after some live music and brief speeches. Peter Jacobsen, executive director of Vermont CARES, said that this September marks a particular opportunity for a renewed commitment to providing services for people living with, or at risk of, HIV and AIDS. Recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the federal agency had been underreporting the incidence of AIDS in the United States by 40 percent, said Jacobsen. This underscores the fact that federal and state funding has been inadequate to serve the numbers of people affected. The discrepancy not only makes the job of Vermont CARES more difficult, it means that education about HIV is ever more critical. Vermont CARES has made a special appeal to communities of faith to participate in the AIDS Walk this year. Additionally, many high school and college students are expected to participate and to raise money for the cause by enlisting their friends.

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