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Why do an East Bay AIDS Walk?
According to the most recent AIDS Epidemiology Report produced by the Alameda County Department of Public Health:
* Of the 6,653 total AIDS cases diagnosed among Alameda County residents from 1980-2004, 44% were African American, 87% male, and 62% men who have sex with men.
* Women have accounted for approximately 20% or more of annual cases since 1997, and 26% in 2004.
* The exposure category ‘men who have sex with men’ (MSM) continued to account for the majority (62%) of cumulative AIDS cases.
There are currently two States of Emergencies in Alameda County. They are concerned with the rampant rates of HIV infection among African Americans and Injection Drug Users (IDU’s).
Populations high at risk and either under-reported or not emphasized in data findings include transgender individuals, immigrants, and the formerly incarcerated.
More young people and the elderly are becoming infected with HIV and AIDS.
Many people who live with HIV and AIDS are diagnosed with multiple conditions, such as HIV, Hepatitis C, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues.
Many HIV positive and AIDS infected individuals do not have health insurance or the means to pay for laboratory work and needed medications not covered by the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
A majority of people who live with HIV and AIDS either live at or below the federal poverty line and often struggle with meeting their daily needs, such as housing, food, and utilities.
Organizations who are serving HIV and AIDS infected individuals and who are working to prevent the spread of HIV in our communities continue to experience reduced funding from federal, state, county and city governmental sources, as well as reduced support from foundations, corporations and individuals.
We need YOU to join the effort to support those who are serving HIV and AIDS infected individuals and working to stop the spread of HIV in the East Bay.
To register online as an individual or as a team to walk at the East Bay AIDS Walk, make a donation or for information, call (510) 873-6514, or go to: