We’ve come a long way, but we’re not done yet

The very first AIDS Walk took place on July 28, 1985. The walkers that day didn’t expect to raise much money. Their friends and relatives were dying, they were being ignored by the government, and they were afraid and angry.

Today’s story is different. Ours is a community of fighters, with tools we didn’t have before like PrEP, PEP, and better medications. But living with HIV or staying HIV-negative requires access to healthcare, doctors who understand you and your culture, and resources specific to you. It requires community support.

In Los Angeles County, HIV disproportionately affects young people of color and those without insurance or quality care. APLA Health is committed to ending the AIDS epidemic, and AIDS Walk 2019 is a reminder of all that’s been done and all that’s still left to do.

How you can help

You took the first step by registering for AIDS Walk 2019, but there are even more ways to get involved as we move to make AIDS history.

Thank you for your support, and I’ll see you on October 20th!

Sarah Murray
Director, AIDS Walk Los Angeles