Walk shines spotlight on HIV and AIDS

The Positive Resource Center that serves hundreds every year is hosting a fundraiser walk.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Positive Resource Center, formerly known as the AIDS Task Force, is asking the community to come together to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and the people they help.

Nearly one million people in the country are living with HIV, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One in seven of those infected don’t know they have the disease. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) causes AIDS and is spread through blood-to-blood or sexual contact.

The Positive Resource Center says it sees about 750 cases every year in the 11 counties that it serves. The 30-year-old organization provides free HIV testing, health care and other services to people who are infected.

The AIDS Walk is the group’s largest fundraiser for the services it provides. People who participate can register for free. Anyone that raises at least $50 gets a free t-shirt and entry into the trivia contest. The contest costs $10 for people taking part. The overall winner receives $1,000 prize.

The walk is at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in Parkview Field. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

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