Post submitted by Matt Lewis, HRC Communities and Volunteer Relations Intern

We haven’t reached the finish line in terms of eradicating HIV/AIDS; but on Saturday, October 26th, theHuman Rights Campaign will take another step in the right direction. HRC is participating in the 27th Annual AIDS Walkin Washington, D.C.

While major medical advances have been made, there remains no cure. Tens of thousands of new infections are discovered every year.

This event is a fundraising walk and 5K timed-run, benefiting Whitman-Walker Health, a non-profit, community-based health organization which provides dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible healthcare to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Funding for HIV/AIDS programs along with ideological restrictions and a persistent stigma continue to make the fight against this epidemic difficult.

Whitman-Walker Clinic works to provide the best care to those living with the virus.

HRC has been a long-time supporter of Whitman-Walker Clinic and its mission, ranking Whitman-Walker Health as a leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

While HIV and AIDS affect Americans across the country and from all walks of life, the epidemic continues to disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, transgender women, youth ages 13-24 and communities of color, particularly in the Southern U.S.

HRC has participated in the AIDS Walk since its inception in 1988; and this year will be no different. We have secured a bronze-level sponsorship and will walk with over 40 staff members and local volunteers to raise money to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which still impacts thousands of people in our community.

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