KXAN (Austin) – Hundreds of walkers gathered to support 11 local HIV and AIDS advocacy organizations in the 29th annual AIDS Walk Austin Sunday afternoon.
The three-mile walk took place at Palm Park located at 711 E 3rd St. Participants began inside the park and then walked to the State Capitol and then back around to return to the park.
People of all ages participated in the walk, including some who lost family members to this disease. All to help raise awareness to the rising number of individuals who have HIV.
“We see around 300 new cases in the Central Texas area. We’re seeing it among a younger generation again and that’s the key concern that we can need to continue to raise awareness and continue to fight this disease so that we can have a generation that’s free from HIV,” said Paul Scott, Executive Director of AIDS Services of Austin.
According to AIDS.gov, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV and 1 in 8 of them doesn’t know it.
The mission of AIDS Services of Austin is to enhance the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. For more information on how to donate, click here.