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AIDS walk held Saturday in Wichita

July 20, 2019 - 9:37 pm
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The 25th annual AIDS walk in Wichita took place Saturday downtown amid a rise in the virus among certain demographics.

According to HIV.gov,  between 2012 and 2016, diagnoses for the disease were mostly stable. However, there was a 12 percent rise in diagnoses among Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men.

Executive Director of Positive Directions, Brett Hogan, wants to help people avoid the disease altogether.  

The AIDS walk began as just a one mile walk around downtown. On Saturday, free testing, live music and education on HIV/AIDS was featured as well. 

Several people were in attendance to participate in the walk Saturday, inlcuding one woman who is HIV-positive. However, medications that have been developed to fight the disease have not only maintained her health, but has made the virus all but undetectable in her body. 

To see more about the events you can visit positivedirectionsks.org. Hogan said all proceeds from the event are going to a mobile van that will serve as an HIV/AIDS testing station.

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