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27th Annual AIDS Walk/Run San Diego set for Sept. 24

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The Center

The San Diego LGBT Community Center has announced that the 27th annual AIDS Walk/Run San Diego will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The Center produces AIDS Walk/Run, the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego County.

Registration is now open for the 5K Walk and 5K Run HERE. The route will start and end at Normal and Harvey Milk streets, in the heart of Hillcrest.

Each year, AIDS Walk/Run raises funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations, honors those lost to the disease and helps raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS in our community.

“We welcome all San Diegans to participate in this incredible community experience” said Ian Johnson, director of events for The Center. “AIDS Walk/Run is a wonderful way to truly make a difference in the fight against HIV, and help us as we strive to #BeTheGeneration to end this epidemic.”

“Thanks to the efforts of many, we currently have some of the best weapons ever available to fight HIV,” said Dr. Delores A. Jacobs, chief executive officer of The Center. “Now, we have to make sure that all San Diegans have access to the education, prevention tools, medical care and the new medications needed to stop this disease. Events like AIDS Walk/Run support those life-saving programs and services that make that possible. We can and must end HIV – together.”

Funding from AIDS Walk/Run also supports The Center’s #BeTheGeneration campaign, an effort designed to end new HIV infections through encouraging more frequent HIV testing and the use of prevention tools, including condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). The effort will focus on keeping HIV-positive individuals connected to medical care and helping them achieve undetectable viral loads.

More information is available HERE or by contacting Johnson at aidswalk@thecentersd.org or (619) 692-2077, ext. 247.

About AIDS Walk San Diego

AIDS Walk San Diego is San Diego's largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser and the biggest non-governmental financial provider for HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Local HIV/AIDS service agencies -- serving thousands of clients -- rely on funds raised at the annual AIDS Walk to help provide essential prevention and care programs to thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Established as AIDS Walk San Diego in 1989, this event took place for two years prior as the Walk for Life.

About The Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc. (The Center) is the nation's second oldest and one of the largest LGBT community centers. Functioning as the San Diego LGBT community's anchor organization, The Center is led by a 14-member board of directors, employs more than 50 paid staff and utilizes more than 1,000 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights. The Center provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including youth, seniors, families, the LGBT Latin@ community members and their families, and those struggling with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 61,000 service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.